Middle school combinations pose problems
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