America's school buildings don't make the grade

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 1, 2013 11:01 p.m.

    Our children deserve our best, nothing less. They deserve the best books, access to technology, rooms with good natural light, rooms with good air conditioning and heating systems, and buildings that would be reasonably safe in earthquake or high winds. Saying it's okay to not provide these things is sick and wrong.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 31, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    Our leaders just enjoy spending other peoples money.

    Kansas City school district tore down many good school buildings, thinking new schools buildings would improve learning. Alot of money was spent

    Didn't work, and teachers were blamed.

  • Oldy Glocks Orem, UT
    March 31, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    I see another ploy to place blame on needing more money to bury the taxpayer.
    Studies and articles like this perpetuate the false idea that the progressive education system which came on the scene in the 1920's is a success and only new buildings can make things better.
    Propaganda such as this, does not belong in a free state/nation. The old blame game of pointing fingers and clamoring for money has grown quite tiring during the past 60 years.
    If there was real concern for education quality producing employable citizens, we would need to scrap the system which determines the college curriculum for future teachers.

    A good start would be to do a series of articles exposing how Carnegie, Rhodes and Dewey teamed up to do exactly that in the 1920's. If you have no idea what ruined the school system, you have no idea how to correct it.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 30, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    Unless a school building is really bad, buildings don't matter that much. A lot a quality learning can happen in a double wide trailer, with a good teacher who uses a good text book.