"[A] new study out of the United Kingdom suggests that a school's physical design can improve or worsen children's academic performance by as much as 25 percent in early years."The study focused on classroom orientation, natural light, acoustics, temperature, air quality and color.
"Environmental factors studied affected 73 percent of the changes in student scores."If I feel like I'm walking around a prison, I'm sure the students feel that way.
I can't help but think of Ron Clark's Academy. The classrooms are painted and decorated to match the teachers' requests. The school is colorful and open. A big blue slide welcomes visitors. And they've decorated the restrooms.
The article goes on to discuss the conditions of American schools and cost to repair and improve the buildings. Schools are where we send our children to learn and grow--it seems silly to procrastinate over money.