elementary school size - lunch rooms - RECESS!!
thank you for the excellent observations. also, i agree with your
son -- recess is more important than eating.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ray Lischner" <rl.edu@...>
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 10:15 PM
Subject: Re: beware the number crunchers....Re: [howardpubliced] Projections forecast school
> On Monday 23 June 2008 12:20 pm, Allen Dyer wrote:
> > i doubt that the spreadsheets
> > used by the central office planners were sophisticated enough
> > to take into account the impact of school size on the students'
> > educational environment. 788 students in an elementary school
> > is obscene.
> I do not know how the school district quantified educational environment
> when they did they calculations.
> On the one hand, I agree that 788 is a large number of students for an
> elementary school. Of the three elementary schools I attended (not
> because I moved, but because my community underwent rapid growth, and I
> moved from school to school as fast as the school district could build
> them--sound familiar?), two were half that size. I don't remember size
> of the third, but I suspect it was larger. (I later attended the same
> school after it was reconfigured as a junior high. It was large enough
> to hold grades 7 and 8 for one third of the school district, or about 7
> elementary schools feeding into it.)
> On the other hand, a smaller school has more limited opportunities. Only
> the large school had a separate gym; the others used a single
> all-purpose room as gym, cafeteria, and more. We did not have a
> separate music room, or any room for G-T or other enrichment classes.
> That said, when i had a choice of universities, I picked the smaller
> one, in large part because it was smaller. (Freshman class size of
> about 220 students; my second choice school was about 1000 students in
> each class.) Sometimes, smaller is better.
> The teachers that I have witnessed do an excellent job at managing their
> classes, even if there are six such classes in the grade. The biggest
> problem I've personally witnessed in regards to a large school is
> lunch. In my son's school, they get 30 minutes for lunch. If you want
> to buy lunch, the kids spend as much as 20 minutes standing in line to
> get lunch simply because there are too many kids and the lunch room is
> too small. My son would then drink the milk, eat a little bit, and
> throw the rest away because recess was more important to him than
> lunch. (Last year, 100 students were redistricted out of the school; at
> the same time, we started packing a lunch, so I can't say whether the
> smaller school size has addressed this problem.)
> Ray Lischner
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