Having block scheduling is one of the main concerns of the Aldine Independent School District. Block scheduling is when students have half of their classes one day and the other half the next. There has been some complaints about how block scheduling decreases students’ focus, but there has also been many compliments about how it improves students’ education. Michael D. Rettig, President of School Scheduling Associates, states that more schools are considering block scheduling and more than thirty percent of schools in the country already have it [bandwagon]. The Aldine Independent School District has made the reasons remarkably clear as to why they have switched to block scheduling and they are: better test scores, better grades, and improvement of teacher-student interaction.
Many studies are conducted to try to prove this theory. Although some studies show positive results, the many failed experiments led opposers of class size reduction to believe that there is no link among class size and student learning. (Bell, Crandall, & Parnell, 2009). Many studies have been inconclusive, however, and widespread initiatives to reduce class sizes are being undertaken by schools across the nation. Because class size reduction projects are so expensive, some schools have been forced to look at other alternatives to meet the same goals (Kennedy, 2003).
In recent years, the topic of class size reduction has come to light in the United States. "There is little doubt that reducing class size can boost student achievement in some circumstances," Matthew Chingos of the Brookings Institution Brown Center says. Class size reduction is becoming more and more demanded to help meet the needs of todays society and education. According to the Center For Public Education, 'student achievement in grades K-3 increased when the class size dropped'. Class size reduction has been debated about for years in the US and is now being extensively studied.
Instead of rereading a few pages, teachers must review with every student were they are scholastically and every student is very different. Almost a month into the new school year last year’s material is covered and reviewed. Our traditional school calendar may be to blame for our failing schools systems. Can schools attending year round with smaller gaps of time off from learning benefit the student learners? Better retention of material, higher graduation with college enrollment increases and safer downtime alternatives are a few reasons why the traditional education plan should be done away with.
Stephanie Robinson email@example.com 3/31/2014 Big Spending for Small Classes: Is It Worth It? – Literature Review Introduction There is much debate surrounding the topic of class sizes as they relate to student achievement. While advocates posit that smaller class sizes will allow teachers to provide more individualized attention to each student, critics believe that the funding needed to hire more teachers is not worth the meager gains students make in smaller classes Although reducing class size is an expensive measure, Americans overwhelmingly support it. Dee and West (2011) report that, according to a study by Howell, West, and Peterson, “77% of American adults would prefer to see new educational dollars spent on reducing class sizes rather than on increasing teacher salaries” (p. 23). Americans value small class sizes, and , in an economy in which every dollar counts, the debate over class sizes takes greater priority as opposing sides push to spend funds on different policy initiatives.
For example the article states the following, "With the increased span of teaching time, longer cooperative learning activities can be completed in one class period." This means that with 120 minute periods students can finish activities, which presently take two or three days. ... ... middle of paper ... ...bigger problem is that some kids would forget to or just not do their homework on the first day. This would leave them to do two days worth of homework on the second day. Mattering on the time frame the students set for doing homework, 120 minute periods can help or harm their grades.
Ripley states, “It is interesting to note…that even students from lower-achieving countries overwhelmingly reported that U.S. school was easier.” This confirms that even students from countries that do not have a highly ranked school system think that school in the United States is easy. This says a lot about our education, and no amount of reform – like the No Child Left Behind Act – is going to change that. The only thing that can change our education system is the students’ and teachers’ attitudes. Until both student and teacher can cohesively agree that the material taught in school is important, our education system will continue to lack the rigor it
When a class size is large it is often disruptive to the education of the group in general with a diverse field of students with varying degree of learning ability. As a result the class could spend less time with higher academic students in order to keep the less academic students up with the lesson plans or the opposite can occur. Because of this, student-teacher ratios are good arguments for advanced or honors classes. Many analysts have found that extra school resources play a negligible role in improving student achievement while children are in school. Yet many economists have gathered data showing that students who attend well-funded schools grow up to enjoy better job market success than children whose education takes place in schools where resources are limited.
Though expensive, class size reduction is a necessity because research has shown that children are more successful in learning environments which have fewer students. In 1998, Bill Clinton paved the way for the Class-Size Reduction Program when he said "Reducing class size is one of the most important investments we can make in our childrenís future. Recent research confirms what parents have always known. Children learn better in small classes with good teachers, and kids who start out in smaller classes do better right through their high school graduation." (U.S. Department of Education 1) After Clintonís proposal, Congress granted $1.2 billion to help hir... ... middle of paper ... ...ucation.
Rimm-Kaufman also went on to say that when students have more one-on-one with the teacher, the teacher gets to see what the students need help with ("Improving Students' Relationships with Teachers to Provide Essential Supports for Learning"). Students who are in bigger classes don’t get as much help as compared to the students who have reduced or smaller classes because the teacher does not have enough time to help every student. For Valley Center Middle School the student to teacher ratio is 25 to 1. Staff is concerned that we won't have enough classroom space. But Valley Center Middle School has plenty of rooms for more classes such as D4, V1, V4, B9, B1, and the class rooms ... ... middle of paper ... ...lar classes therefore reducing class size.