So I’ve been been scanning through some teacher blogs to see if there might be any common back-to-school themes. One thing that jumps out: There are a lot of air-conditioning problems in classrooms out there.
Poor Epiphany in Baltimore, whose (low-income) school apparently doesn’t even have A/C, is really struggling:
It hit 93 in my classroom today, and that, coupled with the humidity and a room chock full of kids, just doesn't make for a good learning environment. I do my best, but it's hard not think it's pretty inhumane not to offer a/c in every school when it gets this hot. At noon, I was feeling okay (I didn't wear a shirt/tie today), but, by 2pm, I could barely move. Kids were ornery and/or sluggish. I really wish there a way to get more humane conditions in all of our schools. I'll be on my 3rd sweat towel tomorrow.
This just doesn’t seem right.
Update Sept 2: Is this a social justice issue? Hard not to think so. ...
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.