Kids recently headed back to school. Unfortunately, many of them were greeted by worn-out desks and broken chairs. More than three-quarters of U.S. schools are in need of repairs.
The federal government wants to respond by investing millions of dollars in school construction and modernization. Those dollars must be spent wisely. The schools of yesteryear, with their rows of desks and stair-stepped lecture halls, don't work for the students of today. Their stagnating academic performance proves it.
Educational leaders must embrace the technologically driven way that students learn today -- and design and build schools that support that shift.
The design of school facilities has an enormous impact on student performance.