For a lot of things, more is better, but not when it comes to the amount of students in a classroom. For the sake of learning, classroom sizes should not exceed 15-20 people, especially in high schools.
High school is the time where you are preparing to go to college or start your career and you need all the education you can get. You will not get that with large class sizes. Most administrators and school officials believe that only the younger kids need smaller class sizes because they still need a lot of attention. High schoolers need attention too though, and probably more.
With the possible furloughs looming, there is also the possibility of class sizes increasing. With fewer teachers, there is no choice but to combine classes. We must speak up to make sure that does not happen. Classes cannot increase in sizes. Some of the classes are already high in the twenties and some are even in the thirties. That is not okay.
As a senior, I have been in multiple types of class sizes and I can honestly say that I understand more when I am in smaller class sizes. I have one large class which includes 29 students to one teacher and we are always getting off topic. We talk about things that have nothing to do with that certain subject. Then, I have a class size of 19 people. We still get off topic every once in a while, but certainly not as often. When we are on topic, we can usually finish a few minutes earlier and we are able to ask questions without having to find the teacher at a different time.
With smaller classes, there is a better chance of students understanding what is being taught because all of the students have a voice and are able to speak up and ask questions.
When it comes to AP classes, the smaller the better. You are taking that class for possible college credit and you will be paying to take the test. You don’t want to be just another face in the crowd, you want to be known and be able to ask questions. Even if only 30 people sign up for that class, the students should still be split up into two classes of 15 each. It’s better to spread the students out and to have two smaller classes than to try and cram all 30 into one class.
The same goes for colleges. When deciding what college to go to I highly recommend looking at the student to teacher ratio. Sitting in a lecture hall with 200 other people and the professor does not even know your name does not sound like it is worth the thousands of dollars you are paying to learn.
I do not wake up at an ungodly hour five times a week to go sit in a classroom with 29 other people and not understand what is being taught. I am there for seven hours a day, five times a week. I do not go there for fun, I go there to learn and in classrooms with 29 other people, that does not happen as often as I would like.
It is unfair to the students to be shoved in a room with so many other students. It is also unfair to the teachers who want to educate the students to get stuck with a large class.
It does not matter what grade you are in; you are always better off in a smaller classroom. Whether you are in first grade or in a graduate school, class size matters.