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By: Abbie Strobel and Lydia Robinette
The recent cuts made in regards to the budget will strongly affect the education of schools like Attleboro High School (AHS) and its students. There is a great deal of confusion and frustration over the current predicament, alongside the necessary changes that must take place.
With 25 percent of the staff being let go at just the high school alone, students are going to be forced into cramped classrooms where the number of students per class will grow from around twenty individuals to forty. This large group will most definitely impede on the learning ability of each student.
The result of the classroom size could possibly produce stress on students who suffer from social anxiety and large crowds but will also create issues with teachers laying out ground rules and lessons for students to follow. If the budget cuts insue, classrooms may turn from orderly to chaotic in just a short amount of time.
This is unfair to the remaining teachers whose workload will suddenly double with the flood of students in a single room. Classrooms at the moment manage the proper amount of pupils, but once the headcount increases, not only will rooms be a tight fit, but the issue of safety will arise.
In cases of fire drills and lockdowns, it would be much more difficult to manage the large quantities of students in any given classroom. There would be less space for students to move, making it harder for them to get out of the way or remain hidden and quiet in times of emergency. Students may also have problems exiting the building safely if a fire was to occur.
Students who suffer from social anxiety and claustrophobia may have issues when it comes to doing presentations, completing work, or even feeling relaxed and comfortable in their environment.
School curriculum is going to suffer as well because with budget cuts comes the loss of precious classes and activities that help represent the diverse students and all of their interests. If classes and teachers are being cut, students will lose parts of school that make them more passionate about their education. Schedules will become strictly academic and will place a greater stress on students, creating a less engaging day.
With so many classes in danger of being removed from the curriculum, staff members in charge of managing the schedules will face more difficulties, seeming that schedule creation has already gone under way. Students may not be able to participate in classes that interest them, which could eventually lead to a drop in grades.
Many students already struggle with the aspect of education, often times questioning the school system and whether or not receiving an education is worth their time. Eliminating beloved classes will reinforce students’ beliefs on school being a waste of time and energy.
Students may feel less inspired in classes and their work ethic is sure to drop. Without positive reinforcement and rewards, school days begin to look bleak. Elective classes provide students with skills and experience that they may not receive anywhere else.
For some students, art and music are what open their eyes to the world of learning and allow them to enjoy their high school years. Without a proper balance between academic and electives, students are more likely to struggle, which could cause an incline in behavioral and emotional issues.
If classes involving the arts, vocational practices, and electives are cut, students who look to create a career in those fields will lack experience, knowledge and ability, and may lose future career opportunities.
Alongside cuts to art programs and electives, students will be deprived of their sports. With the cuts being made to the budget, the prices will incline drastically, making it extremely difficult for families to afford such high costs. The athletes who are forced to quit may miss the chance to receive sports related scholarships when entering college.
Overall, the cuts made to the budget are going to strongly affect Attleboro and its students on a personal level. Redistribution of funds will allow for students to receive proper attention from their teachers and ensures a comfortable working environment for both the faculty and their classes. On behalf of the affected schools, consideration in the readjustment of the budget would be greatly appreciated.