Honestly I cannot say enough times how much I support much smaller class sizes. It’s not exactly the same as being a teacher obviously, but the effects of it have never been as clear to me as when I was a summer camp counselor.
When we would do any activity with a large group and i was in charge of like 30 kids, you always were going to have some issues with certain kids that were considered ‘problematic’ or prone to misbehaving or whatever. It’s a big group, you can’t be everywhere at once, and some kids are more likely to act out in that environment, for many reasons.
But then we had crafts or orienteering or something were I had a group of like 7 or 10 kids and those same 'problematic’ kids have me no trouble at all. I could talk to them, help them, and it all was fine. They were good kids.
The thing is adults often put children in environments that aren’t good for them and don’t meet their needs, for the adult’s convenience, and then blame kids for the results.
You can’t make classes of 30-40 kids and, when the kids with social anxiety, the ones that need more attention, the ones with sensory or processing issues, etc, all suffer because of it, blame the kids instead of the system.
We build the system for the adults’ convenience and ideals and then try to force kids to fit into it instead of building it around what kids actually need. It’s so fucked up.