Smaller numbers of players allowed me to instruct individuals one-on-one. This individual time also allowed me to learn so much more about the players outside of the world of football and/or education. This knowledge of the players' lives only further assisted me to provide positive reinforcement to help them become better players, better students and better young men. If positive relationships with students are the backbone to successful education and smaller numbers of players/students helps coaches/teachers to build upon these great ties then how can anyone argue against small class sizes?
Smaller classes is the second most important factor for helping to develop quality student and teacher relationships. As such it must be prioritized. There is no argument that the single most important factor in education is the classroom teacher. The educator is the intangible ingredient that sparks the relationship with the student. It's the educator that encourages student growth. The educator keeps students' academic focus by inspiring student achievement through innovative pedagogy. The role of the educator in a young persons maturation can never be downplayed. As such, our nation must: RESPECT teachers and the work they accomplish; advocate for smaller class sizes; and demand a superior educational experience for ALL students.