I'm an avid supporter of Chicago Public Schools. I find it absurd that families feel they have to move to the suburbs because the schools in the city are not good enough for their children's education. There are other city dwellers that send their children to private school and spend absorbent amounts of hard earned money for their little ones' education. I understand they want their children to have the greatest opportunities and attention to thrive, yet it is a lot of money that not everyone has.
More families are staying in the city and sending their children to their neighborhood schools, yet these schools are only equipped for so many kids. The funding and space issues forces class sizes of over 30 kids. From my conversation with private school parents, classrooms seem to average about 25 kids. I find this to be way too many 5 and 6 year olds under the watch of one or two teachers. Maybe when kids are older and more independent, classrooms over 30 pupils can be somewhat realistic.
How can any teacher find time to spend with each student to find their areas of need? The majority of a Kindergarten classroom's day is spent enforcing kids to sit on the rug quietly in a cross legged position and stand in line with their hands to themselves. This is necessary to create a productive learning environment; new students need a lot of instruction. Many classrooms also have an aide and determined parents helping keep the class in order which is a huge help. Still, I see a lack of learning time and the only obvious solution is smaller class sizes.
Is there a limit to the number of kids allowed in a Chicago Public School classroom? How can we create smaller classrooms and a better environment for our children? Our schools are creating the basis of Chicago residents for years to come, isn't it critical that we create smaller classes?
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