National seems to have decided class size won't make much of
a difference to our education system, writes Theresa Grigg,
of Logan Park High School.
Because being in a crowded, over heated classroom with
several dozen chattering students isn't already stressful
enough for teachers!
Come to think of it, it is also pretty stressful for the
students who are desperately trying to scrape a pass in NCEA
building on the basics of maths they learnt in primary
Oh, wait. The basics learnt in primary school?
That might be a bit of a problem if primary school class
sizes are increased like National proposes.
Rather than the relaxed classroom atmosphere where the
teacher could take the time to see if you were correctly
spelling the word 'opinion' and help you if needed, the
teacher will have nearly thirty children aged six to seven
years old all clamouring for attention for "How do you read
this word?" and "Jimmy stole my toy!"
Despite this talk of toys; (oddly enough, children seem to be
playthings of the government) primary school is one of the
most influential times of our educational lives.
It's where you learn the alphabet, learn to read, master the
times table and social skills.
These are all vital things needed in life. Maths, literacy
and the ability to communicate will be needed all through our
lives; to get jobs and to function in this world.
But when there are more children competing for the teacher's
attention, they may not have the time to get around to
talking to the students who are struggling.
So students can easily slip through the cracks, which is
definitely not going to help anything.
Especially when the students reach high school or
intermediate and the work level is raised in leaps and
So how is this going to affect future education?
We're already being told at high school that NCEA is being
toughened, that our year (2012's Year 13) was lucky to scrape
through before the new aligned standards came in.
If the standards are more complicated, and the early
schooling less efficient . . . does it really need to be