Corner Stones of and Ideal Learning Environment



An ideal learning environment for a high school student includes a good size classroom where the student learns, a good home life, no violence, religion, and a social life. All these different kinds of envirments affect the students learning ability. If their classroom is too big, they might not be involved in classroom actives. If their home life is a bad place and they aren’t getting any time to study their grade suffers. Religion is important because they could go to their church to talk to someone if they have no one to talk to at home. Violence has a major part in a student’s learning envirment because it can lead to fight and that will get the student kicked out of school. Their social life is important because if you are a shy person, you’ll won’t talk to people when you need help in class.


The classroom size is very important in a high school, because if there are in a class of 30 to 35 kids, the students won’t get the attention they need to understand then class. Most kids in high school don’t pay attention in class because there might be too many people in it so they tend to just stay quiet and not talk even if they don’t understand the material the teacher is teaching. So once that happened they just stop listening to teachers. An example of this is shown in the book Ordinary Resurrections, in chapter 13 Kozol talks about Elio and how he misbehaved in class and didn’t do his lessons. It ended up that Elio had to repeat the first grade (159-160). Even though Elio’s only in first grade at the time, this is the same with kids in high school. Another good thing about small classroom sizes is that, since there aren’t as many kids in the room. It will help the kids pay better attention because other classmates won’t be bothering them.


Another one would be not having any violence around the kids, mainly when they are in school. From my experience while I was in high school, whenever there was a fight that broke out in the hallways we all would run out to see it and afterwards that’s all everyone talked about that day in school so I wasn’t able to get any work done. What would be ideal about this would be that if school could do what my high school is doing now. Any kid that is walking around the hallway after the bell has rung and doesn’t have a pass gets an automatic detention. I know this works because my sister still is in high school and she has told me that there’s a lot less fights breaking out then there were last year. Another thing about violence in schools is that it affects the teaching. If a fight breaks out and all the kids were watching it and they go back to class. All they do is talk about the fight so what happens is that the teacher starts to do the same, well that’s what happened at my high school. So I think having as less violence as possible in high school the better the kids are going to be and it will make the learning environment better also.


Religion can be a big part of any students life, Kozol shows us by telling us about a kid named Leonard. He has a very bad home life and no body to talk to at home or get help with homework and suffers from depression. So he spends a good part of his day after school at St. Ann’s. He talks to Kozol about his problems. Kozol also tells us that Leonard is happier when his at St. Ann’s. Whenever he gets to stand next to Mother Martha and wear the white robe on Sundays, Kozol says that it’s the happiest he ever sees Leonard (244-245). Kozol shows us a lot of times though out that book that religion plays a big part in the kids lives in Mott Heaven. He tells us that a lot of the kids come to the church after school to do homework and pray. From my