Sunday, July 5, 2015

How Technology Can Help Beat the Heat in Unairconditioned Classrooms

I work in one richest cities in America, though you might not know it if you stepped into one of our schools at the end of the school year. That’s because we still haven’t figured out air conditioning for all our public school students. This recent NYTimes article  addresses the long-time issue which was also covered 16 years prior in this NYTimes article.  Back then Randi Weingarten who served as the president for the United Federation of Teachers said, “It's inhuman to subject kids and adults to schooling in this kind of heat. If this doesn't convince people that we need to air-condition schools, then I don't know what will.''

Weingarten is right when it comes to summer school, and today, the education department says they are committed to ensuring all summer school classes have air conditioning. However, during the regular school year, when temps are on the rise, it might just be a good time for students to rise up and out of their seats and learn in a city with some of the most amazing resources available to humankind.

As Elliot Washor suggests in his book, “Leaving to Learn” is a good thing. Get out of the school and into one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

Explore. Live. Learn.  

Fire hydrant fun: Children welcomed sweltering weather in 1954 because it gave them a chance to frolic under the spray of fire hydrants; pictured, near New York City's Columbus Circle
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