Hundreds of babies are born every minute around the globe. Those babies will grow up to be toddlers, preschoolers, college students, and later on, adult members of the society. Have you thought of how important development is to these members of the new generation? Have you realized how critical it is that they receive quality education?
In terms of population and education, class size can be the deciding factor for success in school. If you’re wondering how much that matters, here are the four areas that you should know about.
Teacher to Student Ratio
With the billions of people around the world, there is an increasing discrepancy between the number of teachers and the number of students they handle. In third world countries and remote places, one teacher is expected to handle up to 60 or even 70 students. Imagine how challenging that is for an educator!
On the other hand, most private or international schools in all levels push to lower that ratio. School administrators aim for their classrooms to only have 25 students per teacher, and they even allow a teacher to have their assistants. In preschools, some educators even allow only 10 to 15 pupils per instructor. After all, handling even two or three kids at home can be quite a challenge for parents. How much more of a burden is handling 10 kids for at least four hours every day?
With smaller class size, teachers can give more attention to their students’ learning. Facilitating an arts class is largely easier when there are only 15 messy kids, after all. For the best private schools in Dubai, this is a priority. When educators have the time to answer questions from only 15 children, those children can receive way better attention than their counterparts in remote places around the globe. And with more attention, a student will feel more valued and rewarded that he or she listens and cares enough to ask when he or she misses a point.
Apart from the critical factor that is attention, resources should also be considered when dealing with class size. Did you know that most grade school classrooms in third world countries can fit up to 70 or more students, and that there is no proper ventilation, much less air conditioning, in those poor kids’ schools? With smaller class sizes, the students can receive better resources from their schools. There will be enough elbow space on their desks, floor space for their books and toys, and thus allow them to breathe and move properly while in class.
With much better attention and resources, students can also retain majority of the information they get from their classes. Because they have the resources both in school and at home, they have no worries with their food and shelter and safety.
If you’re concerned about the class size in your child’s school, you can visit arcadia.sch.ae to find British schools in your area and interview the local teachers and school administrators.