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Less is More: Can quality actually override quantity?
- February 13, 2017
- Posted by: Nat Walsh
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
How many students nowadays can confidently say they enjoy going to school? Not very many, and it’s mostly due to the fact that individual attention seems to be virtually nonexistent in schools with hundreds of students. Nonetheless, there is something special within Yorktown’s walls that separates it from the rest, and it’s comprised of a welcoming atmosphere, kind people, and a sense of togetherness.
In larger schools, it tends to be more important to faculty that students are blending in and following rules, rather than encouraging creativity. Think about it, teachers at larger schools teach around six classes per day, and every class is filled with a different group of thirty students. In classes that size, sometimes the easiest thing is to give the class busy work, and discourage students from asking questions so as to not over complicate things. That being said, it is vital for teachers to encourage students to ask questions, because they day they stop being curious is the day their motivation to learn and succeed begins fading away. Sadly, it seems as though larger environments don’t call for anything other than routine work, simply because there are too many students to manage.
After five years at Yorktown, I can confidently say that I would not want to be anywhere else. Small buildings, small cohorts, and small classes have benefitted myself and others in ways I can hardly explain. The connections I’ve been able to build with my teachers and classmates have turned a once shy kid into one that isn’t afraid to ask questions anymore. Going to school can be overwhelming, but learning in a place that feels like home makes things easier. I’m convinced that if I hadn’t transitioned into this smaller, more caring environment, I would still be nervous about walking into a classroom. Most importantly, there is a universal respect amongst everyone in the school that allows everyone to feel like equal counterparts. Eliminating this hierarchy found in larger schools makes Yorktown feel like my second home, and is proof that perhaps less really can be more.