Essay 1, Draft 3
Agree or disagree with the following statement:
Smaller class size has a positive influence on students’ academic performance.
MARINA LIMA E SILVA
IEP, Level 6A
February 7, 2014
Over the years, the number of students that reach university has increased. This has been happening because of the higher demand of well educated students at work. To maintain this high performance, parents are requiring a reduction in the size of the classrooms. Although higher class size has been showing excellent achievement with Japanese students, smaller class size is the new goal in the U.S.
As stated in the text ‘The influence of class size on academic achievement’, decreasing class size would bring more discipline, this means that teachers would have more control of the class; therefore, there would be less noise and a low rate of bad behavior. Additionally, educators would have more time to improve the students’ creativity, to encourage their capacity to discuss and, finally, to assist them closely, but remember all of these thoughts are anecdotal.
Over the first grade of school, smaller classes exceed students from normal classes by a fifth of a standard deviation argues Jeremy Finn of the State University of New York (as cited in Does class size matter?, 2001). Beyond that, this benefit usually remains for years regardless of the size of the class. A study conducted by Charles M. Achilles of Eastern Michigan University and Jeremy Finn detected that for black or Hispanic children the reactions were better by two-fifths to three-fifths of a standard deviation. An important result, since often they have lower scores than their classmates.
Some educators say that large class sizes can also produce high-achieving students. Japanese students have the highest scores in the world even studying in a class of forty students. However, in accordance with the text ‘The Asian Paradox’, their usual year is almost two months longer than in the U.S.; moreover, they...