Schools are treated unlike any other venues or place in a community. Usually such institutions are blessed with decent architecture and good facilities. This is largely because schools need to earn respect and trust of parents, who expect an environment conducive to learning for their children.
School buildings and their quality and structure play important roles in bolstering people’s perceptions of education and learning. No parent wants to send his child to a run-down, uncomfortable school.
Are you aware that in most countries, government budgets on education are spent more on building school structures and facilities than paying teachers and investing in good learning materials?
That is the reason why many global governments complain about the currently higher costs of education. Are they to blame when most people generally agree with that notion? Most parents believe that beautiful and attractive environments are more suited to help children open up to learning.
This largely has to do with the psychological concept of association and the almost universal thinking that education is guided and influenced by the surroundings. To most people, education could not be facilitated in a place that is less conducive for learning.
This view is most likely true. How can students be expected to focus on studies if they are distracted by the inferiority of their classrooms? How will teachers have the drive to teach if they are unmotivated due to poor infrastructure and facilities?
Parents draw appropriateness from identifiable and physical features. It’s not surprising, then, that many of them judge schools with the most beautiful campuses as among the best, without even looking into the overall quality of education available there. This causes schools to work harder to beautify and upgrade their facilities and buildings while accepting new students.
In developing nations, schools are more likely to be judged by their cleanliness and aesthetic appearance. Many parents and children complain about the lack and low quality of education, without really assessing the quality of teaching and mode of instructions. This perception is very much alive not just in third-world countries but also in more developed ones.
In the US, it is common knowledge that school infrastructure comprises a large chunk of the investment that goes into setting up an educational institution. In fact, many schools across the US are designed by famous architects. Most people would be in awe if they happened to visit and appreciate the splendid architecture of some of the famous campuses on that side of the planet.
In the view of real educators, education should go beyond such superficialities. The students who are most willing and motivated to learn will open their minds to learning, no matter how bad their surroundings are. The best driven teachers will always strive to teach no matter how distracted and unmotivated they are.
You must have your own fond memories of your school lives. If you were one of those people who were fortunate to study in a good institution, you could argue that your education would not have been complete if not for a beautiful and conducive school building.
While such structures are important, parents should not forget that the content, quality, and overall effectiveness of curriculum and teaching modes are far more important than just the facilities. School buildings really facilitate education, but it’s the drive and motivation of students and teachers that really makes a difference.