Mid­dle school com­bi­na­tions pose prob­lems

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

I am a stu­dent at Dr. T. L. Sul­li­van Mid­dle School in Florence and I hope you take the time to read my ar­ti­cle on the down­side of mid­dle schools and el­e­men­tary schools com­bin­ing.

I be­lieve th­ese com­bi­na­tions will have far more neg­a­tive ef­fects than pos­i­tive.

One rea­son concerns the fact that some younger stu­dents will start to fol­low the older stu­dents and copy some of their not-so-ac­cept­able be­hav­iour. In ad­di­tion, there won’t be enough space to play for younger stu­dents.

Many mid­dle schools barely have enough space for the change of grade sixes. Also, most classes have up to 35 stu­dents and the num­bers are likely to grow.

Faced with this sit­u­a­tion I be­lieve some younger stu­dents will start to act out, either in a pos­i­tive man­ner or neg­a­tive man­ner, to get at­ten­tion from the teacher.

Pic­ture, for ex­am­ple, a four-yearold who did not go to preschool and was only used to be­ing with his or her par­ents walk­ing into a class­room with 34 other kids and one teacher. It could be a very over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Or how about when that child goes out­side and is swarmed by teenagers run­ning around when the bell rings? That is likely to re­sult in a lot of anx­i­ety for the child.

Sim­ply put I be­lieve we should not have young stu­dents mixed in with older stu­dents as it could re­sult in the younger ones be­ing in­tim­i­dated and bul­lied. There was a lot of bul­ly­ing dur­ing the last school year. In some cases of bul­ly­ing it got so bad stu­dents even took their own lives. It’s pos­si­ble that oth­ers tried to do the same.

In ad­di­tion, no mid­dle school has a play­ground so where could stu­dents at­tend­ing grades pri­mary to five play?

I know from my el­e­men­tary school ex­pe­ri­ence that go­ing out­side and play­ing with your friends re­ally helps the way you learn in the class­room. It was the high­light of my day.

Also, if you were to build a play­ground for the young kids what’s stop­ping the older kids from van­dal­iz­ing it?

I hope read­ers re­al­ize why we just can’t have th­ese two dif­fer­ent age groups com­bined and I hope that this ar­ti­cle helped you re­al­ize that the safety and learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment would be jeop­ar­dized if they were. Re­becca Han­d­ley Syd­ney Mines

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