We learn design in schools, but sadly, the layout of most regular schools is not informed by design. Kind of a stretch but it reminds me of how barbers can't cut their own hair.
In an article in Slate, educator Ronald E. Bogle discusses how his opinions on school facilities changed drastically after he received a little design education. Beforehand, "I came up with many ideas, which in hindsight I now see were plenty flawed, about how we should approach [school] design," he writes. "There were few resources available to inform us. Too often, education leaders have not had much exposure to new ideas in design. The fallback position is to go with what you know."Bogle goes on to document his seeing of the light, and cites several examples of schools benefitting from innovative design.
At High Tech High Chula Vista, near San Diego, most walls consist of large expanses of glass, with partitions that can be moved as needed when teachers want to join forces. The glass makes it possible to see what other classes are doing, which makes collaboration easier. No matter where you are in the building, you are not alone.
Check out the full article here.