Letters to the EditorMarch 19, 1997
Small classes are better for learning
I am in complete disagreement with Dr. Curry regarding the article 'Class size increases with enrollment' printed on Feb. 28. Dr. Curry conveyed it was false of people to associate smaller classes with a better learning environment.
I am enrolled in a 15-student class and have never been given so much in and out of class attention thus far at the University. In addition, the smaller class size requires more student participation; reducing the possibility of a student to slip through the 'educational' cracks.
In classes ranging from 100 to 150 students, it is unreasonable that the professor would be able to answer individual questions in and out of class.
The result is students going to the teacher's assistants for aid. While helpful, the thousands of dollars students pay are for learning from the University's professors, not graduate students.
A class of smaller size forcibly increases the students' attention and one is not as prone to miss class without it being noticed by the professor. From math to science to English, a smaller class size puts greater responsibility on the student to participate.
This participation requires of the student a more focused need to keep up and a greater understanding of material. In largely enrolled sections, scantron testing is most frequently used.
The smaller classes test by essay and working the problems out on paper. It is evident which of the two requires more thought and knowledge of the test matter.
Baylor University provides students with a quality, private school education, and should not lose the school room atmosphere by continually increasing the student-teacher ratio.
John A. Elmore
Fall break would ease stress
As students return from spring, there is something evident. Everyone is ready to deal with school. Everyone had a chance to finally forget school, and focus on something else for a week. Now if only we could have this for the fall, where we go from Labor Day to Thanksgiving without a break in sight. Sometime in mid-October a four-day weekend would be a great help in getting the school body revitalized.
What could also happen is have a six-day weekend. Then school would have Thursday to Tuesday off. It would take an equal amount of MWF classes and TR. This would only take four days and the school could make the days up with two days at the beginning and two days at the end. There has to be a solution to get a fall break. There needs to be some action done now for fall break or else we are going to have to suffer through 13 weeks of straight class next fall.
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