Should students be able to choose who's in their class?
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One reason we don't think that students should be able to choose who's in their class so their is a variety of students within the classroom, some who you know and some who you do not. This will allow new friendships, and an improvement in socializing with others. According to Bandura's Social Learning Theory, "Individuals that are observed are called models. In society, children are surrounded by many influential models, such as parents within the family, characters on children"s TV, friends within their peer group and teachers at school."
Another reason why students should not be able to choose who is in their class is because there is a high possibility of choosing friends, which would distract them from their academics. For example, a child could pick his/hers 3 best friends and fool around, talking or exchanging notes with their friends not only distracting their peers but also distracting the teacher as she is teaching.
A third reason why students should not be able to pick their classmates is because it can cause some students to be rejected by others. When students are ostracized or left out it could lead to a judgmental atmosphere. This is where students would judge our friends instead of having a friendly/ helpful community .
A last reason, for a student not being able to pick their friends in their class, is because students may fight over one or two students to be with. This makes it hard for the friend who is in the middle to choose which class to be in. Making it unfair for both parties involved.
1. This could allow more "class conversation." For example, in class kids may not feel like they can speak freely, they may be shy, or they may think that kids will judge them if they get the answer wrong. Allowing kids to choose people they prefer, they are going to choose the group that they are more comfortable with, this could cause them to want to answer the questions in class and have a mature conversation on the subject.
2. There won't be making fun of, or bullying in the classroom. If they are all friends they won't be bullying or harassing each other; they will all get along.
3. Projects at school would be more likely to get done. If the kids are good friends, they most likely go to each others houses. They could get the projects done.
Most kids may have a lot of friends, but they will always have those few close friends. They will be more likely to choose them.
To your point about students feeling more comfortable within the classroom, what if you are a new student within the district? Being able to pick your closest friends, you being the new student you would not know who to choose. In addition, if you were in a classroom where students were able to pick their friends and they do feel comfortable, the close knit group of friends may not extend their invite outside of their group making the new student feel ostracized.
To your point about students getting projects completed early or on time, we completely disagree. For example, for the last social studies unit, we were assigned a Lenape project. Even though we were not able to choose our partners for the project, we were able to get it done, and a tad more efficiently. We received a good grade, and we believe if we worked with our friends we would have focused more on painting nails or playing sports/video games.
I disagree with you. I was in a group with my best friends, sure we joked around and had a good time, but we got the project done and received a good grade. I'm not saying that all students will do this, but I believe a majority of them will get the work done.
To your new student comment, I can relate. I moved to Arizona about a month and a half ago and I was a new student. I came from a private school of 150 kids to a public school of 800 kids. Everyone welcomed me. As soon as I got in the school I had people coming up to me talking. Now I have a TON of friends and a great boyfriend. I believe that your statement could have some truth to it, but I think that a new student would feel welcomed as I did.
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Vote Placed by CAHAL101 9 months ago
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