Social and educational costs of large schools may 2012
Dr. Wendy Craig,Department of Psychology, Queen’s University
Limestone’s mission “Our Students, Our Future” There are many ways to count dollars ◦ Monetary Costs ◦ Social Costs ◦ Long term prevention costs Decisions now influence the future society and our future generation of citizens. Large schools have individual, social, psychological, and socio- economic costs.
Success for Students ◦ Academic ◦ Social ◦ Through community partnerships and engagement Strong People, Strong Economy ◦ Future generation of citizens Better Health ◦ Whole person approach (physical, academic, mental, social) Safer Communities
Prior to 2001 meta analysis revealed school size matters academically. Small and mid size schools (<1000 students) performed better on standardized academic tests. Data 2001- present less conclusive with half the studies favouring small and mid size schools and half favouring large schools (>2000 students). However, vulnerable students in large schools consistently have worse outcomes. BUT ACADEMIC HEALTH IS ONLY PART OF THE PICTURE
Social and emotional factors considerably impact student performance and large schools compared to small and mid size have: X Decreased connectedness to school X Higher drop out rate and less school completion X Increased absenteeism X Increased delinquency and violence X Increased disciplinary problems X Less stable relationships with educators X Less connectedness to peers X Less stable relationships with teachers and peers X Less parent involvement X Less parental satisfaction X Decreased satisfaction among teachers X Decreased extracurricular engagement (important for vulnerable students)
Adolescent participation in school activities is important as fosters: ◦ Higher self-esteem ◦ Greater academic achievement ◦ Higher postsecondary educational aspirations Through relationships and connectedness improved social, economic, mental, and wellbeing in our students, in our future generation. Lays groundwork for future adult participation and social and economic success. Limestone Mission: Our students, our future
Ministry’s Priorities Evidence Based SolutionsSuccess for Students Small to Mid Schools Academic SocialCommunity Partnerships Small to Mid Size SchoolsStrong People, Strong Economy Small to Mid Size SchoolsBetter Health Small to Mid Size SchoolsSafer Communities Small to Mid size Schools
Make decisions based on: ◦ EVIDENCE ◦ Ontario Ministry of Education’s Priorities ◦ Limestone School District’s Mission ◦ Economic costs involve monetary costs, but more important social, mental, physical, and prevention costs. ◦ WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN and STUDENTS ◦ Save all three schools, as each has unique offerings supported by the research. ◦ Many creative solutions that meet these requirements put forth tonight.