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Raising a School Rena Upitis

Raising a School

Rena Upitis

Published April 14th 2010
ISBN : 9780986547300
Paperback
202 pages
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If we take seriously the notion that school buildings present students with powerful messages about what society values, then school architecture needs to be radically re-thought. For a century and a half, we have built schools that lack adequateMoreIf we take seriously the notion that school buildings present students with powerful messages about what society values, then school architecture needs to be radically re-thought. For a century and a half, we have built schools that lack adequate light, good furniture, inviting entryways, and green spaces. This is the time to do it: we are in the midst of a major surge in school construction. For the next several years, construction will begin on two new schools every day in the United States alone, and that doesnt even take into account school renovations. But many schools are aesthetically and environmentally deficient, and these schools sap the life right out of students and teachers and everyone else who goes there.Indeed, when adults are invited to think about their lifelong passions, learning that they willingly pursue, most identify something associated with the arts, the body, or the natural world. And yet, very few adults will say that they learned about the thing they love most (cooking, kayaking, playing the guitar, weaving) at school. How is it that our lifelong learning has so little to do with schooling? This book makes the argument that school architecture, even more than curriculum, delineates what students will learn at school.