This is a MUCH more serious issue than class size.
Why is this happening?
- teachers trying to be friends/buddies as opposed to authority figure at front of classroom
- teachers wanting to be “co-learners” and not teachers. “Guide on the Side” and not “Stage on the Stage”
- not enough “direct instruction” (Quebec does DI well and does much better than Ontario in PISA) and too much “discovery math”, projects. “group work” etc
- teachers who dress like students
- admin (principals and VPs) who coddle students and don’t discipline.
Whether a class has 23 or 25 kids, it doesn’t matter one iota if there is so much poor behaviour!!!
Canada ranked 60th out of 77 participating nations and educational districts in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s 2018 index of disciplinary climate, released on December 4, 2019. The index is based on an international survey of 600,000 15-year-old students’ views about the state of student discipline in their classes. A relatively high proportion of Canadian students say the teacher is not listened to and it takes a long time for the class to settle down. In addition, students regularly skip school and report late to class.
A total of 38.9 per cent of Canadian students reported there was noise or disorder in most or all of their classes, compared with 31.5 per cent across the OECD participating states. That’s far higher than in Korea (7.9 per cent), Japan (9.7 per cent), and top European performer, Estonia (23.6 per cent). It’s also more prevalent than in the United Kingdom ( 33.7 per cent) and the United States (28.2 per cent).