For educators and parents alike, there can sometimes seem a great divide between what happens in an actual school building and what’s going on behind the scenes at a leadership level. School boards, superintendents- even working within a school it’s easy to forget that these levels are operating out there independently. In Dallas these worlds crash together more often than not, as for the past three years the city has had a superintendent who is very hands on and often the source of change.
I grew up in a school district with a class size ranging from about 15-20 kids, grades K through 12. Naturally, the classes grew a little bit as I got to high school due to gym classes being larger and just more students moving into my area as the years went on. As I moved on to college, my class sizes stayed the same for the first 2 years at 15-20, and this past year I noticed a change. My classes within my major (Communications at Widener University), began to shrink to about 10-15 students per class and I noticed one side effect of a small class. Soon enough, there was a greater overall closeness with my peers and teachers. It gave us a feel that we were in it together and we all genuinely wanted each other to do well.