Are smaller schools really the answer?

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    Lord Zimbu

    Indeed you've stated the main point. I don't think that smaller schools are the answer at all, but instead the quality of the curriculum and if the school funds extra curricular clubs. Given the environment going from grade school to highschool should be a strong transition, in that you go from a 1 class room world to a very different, much bigger environment with much more to offer you, as in more classes, more people, more teachers and more clubs to join.

    If anything there could be several similar clubs within larger schools that compete with each other (instead of competing against other schools in other districts..), say rival chess clubs in the same school.

    Bigger highschools do allow children to 'fall through the cracks' however the more kids there are the more likely the school will have enough children to run special interest extra curriculars. Such as a game development club for instance. In much larger school with better facilities kids could benefit from workstations and other facilities that they can use in after school and lunchtime clubs to hone special skills and talents.

    These are helpful in breaking children out of shyness and helping them develop talents and skills they'd otherwise waste or not even discover in the standard curriculum.

    The size of the school may ultimately be irrelevent though, as any school can focus on extra curricular clubs, funding them for example. But if the school doesn't have any interest in running clubs at all then it's up to the kids to break out of their cliques and form their own clubs (open to any new comers).

    Besides the fewer kids in the school the more teachers per child. If that means the kids can count on teacher being less stressed then I think they'd be wrong. Like college if highschool students were paying more attention to teacher instead of teacher coddling them as they were coddled in grade school (and probably at home) fewer students would 'fall through the cracks'. At the highschool age it would make more sense to have more kids in a class and a teacher supervising smaller work groups within a large class but not the other way around. (It also encourages the formation of cliques, in that the fewer people you have the opportunity to interact with the easier it is for you to develop the bad habit of prejudging people.)

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    Lord Zimbu

    Indeed you've stated the main point. I don't think that smaller schools are the answer at all, but instead the quality of the curriculum and if the school funds extra curricular clubs. Given the environment going from grade school to highschool should be a strong transition, in that you go from a 1 class room world to a very different, much bigger environment with much more to offer you, as in more classes, more people, more teachers and more clubs to join.

    If anything there could be several similar clubs within larger schools that compete with each other (instead of competing against other schools in other districts..), say rival chess clubs in the same school.

    Bigger highschools do allow children to 'fall through the cracks' however the more kids there are the more likely the school will have enough children to run special interest extra curriculars. Such as a game development club for instance. In much larger school with better facilities kids could benefit from workstations and other facilities that they can use in after school and lunchtime clubs to hone special skills and talents.

    These are helpful in breaking children out of shyness and helping them develop talents and skills they'd otherwise waste or not even discover in the standard curriculum.

    The size of the school may ultimately be irrelevent though, as any school can focus on extra curricular clubs, funding them for example. But if the school doesn't have any interest in running clubs at all then it's up to the kids to break out of their cliques and form their own clubs (open to any new comers).

    Besides the fewer kids in the school the more teachers per child. If that means the kids can count on teacher being less stressed then I think they'd be wrong. Like college if highschool students were paying more attention to teacher instead of teacher coddling them as they were coddled in grade school (and probably at home) fewer students would 'fall through the cracks'. At the highschool age it would make more sense to have more kids in a class and a teacher supervising smaller work groups within a large class but not the other way around. (It also encourages the formation of cliques, in that the fewer people you have the opportunity to interact with the easier it is for you to develop the bad habit of prejudging people.)

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