Education is an indicator of your social outcomes
The Key to Success
Education has long been stated to be the key to success in one’s future and to open doors of opportunity. However, it is important to know that success does not come from education alone, but the quality of that education. When educational systems do not provide students with quality, the effects are evident with declined outcomes:
- Lower graduation rates
- Lower college/university attendance
- Lower incomes
- Lower self-esteem
- Cycle of intergenerational poverty
The causes of poor education quality encompass numerous aspects, but overcrowded schools are contributors and present in every state. For a school to be termed overcrowded, its student population must exceed its capacity by more than 5 percent. And for a school to be termed severely overcrowded, its capacity is exceeded by 25 percent. Cities and urban areas are the dominant locations with overcrowding. Schools that have a majority of minorities enrolled likely had more reports of severe overcrowding.
Each state has determined the permitted number of students per classroom. However, the class average varies by state.
Investments in primary and secondary education result in increased income, higher education, and reduced poverty.
The Effects of Class Size and Overcrowded Schools
Teacher-student ratios can have overall effects on a teacher’s ability to instruct and a student’s ability to learn. Studies have shown that small classes have a positive impact on student achievement. These include increased student engagement through participation, effort and initiative while teachers had more ability to focus on instructions rather than class management.
Overcrowded schools have demonstrated more reports of other concerning issues such as failing infrastructure, inadequate HVAC systems, electrical issues. Effects of overcrowding can also increase disease transmission and have insufficient space for classroom equipment.
Being Proactive, Not Reactive
Providing equity in education needs to begin at an early age to foster positive outcomes for success. However, with populations growing at a faster rate than education needs can address, it is critical for long-term solutions to be addressed simultaneously so future populations have access to quality education.
We work collectively to bring awareness while developing partners in education to find financial means that can be used to build education spaces that meet the needs of communities.
Higher Education Provides Economic Mobility
When education quality increases, it positively affects the community as whole. It makes neighborhoods more desirable thus increasing house value. There is an increased sense of self-worth in individuals which leads to overall wellbeing. People are more likely to be civically engaged, active in their communities, and have increased incomes