All K-12 classrooms should be limited to no more than 15 students. It has been proven that smaller class sizes increase student engagement, allow the teacher to have more time to give to each individual student, and lower classroom management issues by reducing negative behaviors. Creating a learning environment that is most conducive to learning is essential for the success of our students.
Unfortunately State and Federal funding will not allow it though. Socially for the smaller children we need to keep the classrooms small, but not to small. Academically the littles will definitely benefit from having more one on one attention.
As far as middle school and high school, I think that they would have less socializing happening in the class and more studying if there were less children in the class.
Well for starters, less social pressure is enforced onto children with a natural, introverted personality. The overall socialization still remains, but the 'socialization' is more honest, as individual students begin to form stronger bonds due to the limited size. This would result in a system beneficial to both extroverts and introverts.
Do you have any idea how much that would cost. Teachers are leeches, sucking up billions of Dollars in wasted salary each year and achieving exactly nothing except poor test scores, failed students, and an uneducated populace. They should be replaced with standardized, centralized classes taught over video monitors for the entire nation, so that there would only be a few dozen teachers in America, only the very best, specialists in various fields. Local schools would be run by teams of security officers and prison guards to keep the students in line. Thanks, I know I'm a genius.
Class size should be around 20 for elementary children and 25 - 30 for middle school and high school children. Elementary Children need to have a class large enough for socializing yet small enough to be able to focus on their teacher. The older children should have no issues by the time they reach middle school staying on task themselves.
But as you start getting to junior high, I don't see a problem with class sizes growing to 20, 25, even 30 kids. At some point we need to place accountability on the students to get their work done. Not every student needs his/her hand held on every freaking assignment, and those that do need extra help should be directed towards some type of tutoring program.