Já foi estudado… até pelo sector privado e naqueles países com tradições liberais e tudo… Não há troika que possa contrariar as evidências que destruíram os mitos dos anos 80, onde muita gente parece ter parado…

School Size Matters

Researchers from the Bank Street School of Educationreport that small schools create conditions which encourage learning. The researchers studied eight new small schools in Chicago. Their report makes compelling reading and displays a consistently high standard of fact-finding and conclusions.

Small Beginnings

Most private schools are small, typically in the 300-400 student range. That’s because many schools were founded by educators and parents who sought to give their children the kind of individual attention which was not available in the public schools. Most schools started without huge sums of money. So the beginnings were modest, usually with two or three grades which were gradually added on as time went on and resources permitted. The critical component in the educational philosophy of those pioneering private schools was individual attention. It is a philosophy which is squarely rooted in classical Graeco-Roman educational tenets.

Small Class Sizes

Most private schools typically have small classes of 10-15 students. Small schools and small classes where teachers and students know each other well seem to encourage learning. It’s much easier to find out how a child learns and what makes him tick academically and in every other way when you can get to know him. Another advantage is that small classes permit more academic ground to be covered. The child is exposed to more information and learns more because he receives more individual attention.

Now you can counter by observing that private schools are able to maintain low student to teacher ratios because they are, by their very nature, selective. True. But so are the new small schools: the charter or magnet schools. A child has to meet certain minimum requirements in order to attend. Often the competition is very stiff.

Big Is Not Better

Public schools with populations of 2000-3000 students were built on the premise that their large size allowed economies of all kinds. They were theoretically more efficient at delivering the educational product. The problem is that these large schools are too big. Their students become numbers, not individuals. Children fall through the cracks and their needs, both academic and personal, fail to be addressed. They feel even more isolated, frustrated and hopeless. Discipline problems escalate. Security becomes a serious issue. Teachers end up becoming nothing more than traffic cops. Quality of instruction deteriorates. The vast majority of these students simply do not have a chance to achieve their fullest potential.

Small size in education is indeed a good thing.