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01/24/2007

Report Discusses Deteriorating Schools and Their Impact on Students’ Ability to Learn

The school environment cannot be separated from the academic agenda, says AFT

 

In the 2006 report, Building Minds, Minding Buildings: Turning Crumbling Schools into Environments for Learning, the Washington, D.C.-based American Federation of Teachers (AFT) highlights the conditions of schools nationwide and the consequences and impact on students and faculty. According to the report: “Mold, leaking ceilings, extreme temperatures, raw sewage seeping into hallways, mice droppings, severely overcrowded classrooms - these unhealthy and/or unsafe conditions plague tens of thousands of old and new school buildings where millions of Americans age 5 and older must study and work.”

The AFT report focuses on the following:

  • The problems of inadequate, unhealthy, and unsafe public school-building conditions.
  • The consequences of poor conditions on learning, health, and staff retention.
  • The elements of well-designed, well-built, well-maintained schools.
  • Recommendations for action at all levels to improve school buildings.

The report notes that most problems are due to lack of attention to maintenance/operations and inadequate funding and are exacerbated by increased enrollment and decreased school capacity.

The report recommends the following considerations be taken and key elements examined when schools are built, modernized, and maintained:

  • Proper siting, taking into account the environmental impact.
  • Building and classroom sizes that are conducive to learning.
  • Design appropriate to climate and region.
  • Adequate ventilation, heating, and air-conditioning systems.
  • Extensive use of natural daylight.
  • Acoustic materials that reduce noise levels that interfere with learning.
  • Safety and security concerns effectively addressed.
  • Technology that is integrated into academic and building design.
  • An infrastructure that supports special needs students and adults.
  • Adequate staffing to keep schools clean and well-maintained.

To review the complete report, visit (www.aft.org/topics/building-conditions/downloads/minding-bldgs.pdf). The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social, and professional interests of classroom teachers. It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO. For more information, visit (www.aft.org).

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.

When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality. 

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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