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(Mother Nature Network)   You know those modular classrooms where you had to go for your art and French classes in high school? One company is pimping them out and turning them into stylish and sustainable modular homes   ( mnn.com) divider line
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2012-06-03 09:31:03 PM  
Flint used to have a bunch of similar structures which were actually built structures, as oppose to the modular ones, that was used for programs like Headstart. Just before the housing collapse, they managed to sell them off as regular houses. On one street they are still inhabited while other homes are vacant.
 
2012-06-03 11:54:10 PM  

John Dewey: tornado



I attended a storm spotting school at the headquarters for the Superconducting Super Collider in Waxahachie, Texas many years ago. One of the slides in the program was a cartoon of two guys driving a pickup truck towing a mobile home that was being followed by a tornado. The caption on the cartoon said "It's no use, we can't outrun it. We've got to give it what it wants. Cut loose the mobile home."
 
2012-06-04 01:02:50 AM  
You know those modular classrooms where you had to go for your art and French classes in high school?

No, because my district, even though it's white trash as all get-out. knew enough to spend money on education.
 
2012-06-04 01:15:40 AM  

Babwa Wawa:
There are very reliable models for modeling student populations, BTW, and further modular buildings are usually seen in high schools, where you don't even have to model the future student populations.


Schools and school buildings are meant to be permanent fixtures. They are one of the cornerstones of a community. Build enough classrooms to suit that community. If one or two classrooms are left vacant some semesters, so be it... turn those into music rooms or store rooms or media centers or something for that time. Just don't cheap the fark out by putting the kids in trailers.
There's enough of that lack of permanency that's going to be in their lives anyway... these kids will be lucky if they can ever buy a house, keep a job for more than five years, or even stay married to more than one person, if they ever get married at all. Their lives will be governed by the phrase "Not if, but when". Let them have one thing that stays put.

No more trailers. Act like you give a sh*t about their future. Spend the money, build what's needed.
 
2012-06-04 09:35:19 AM  

rewind2846: Schools and school buildings are meant to be permanent fixtures. They are one of the cornerstones of a community. Build enough classrooms to suit that community. If one or two classrooms are left vacant some semesters, so be it... turn those into music rooms or store rooms or media centers or something for that time. Just don't cheap the fark out by putting the kids in trailers.


Superintendents can tell you exactly how many teachers, buses, janitors, coaches, classrooms. art rooms, and library books the high school will need 10 year from now. Building permanent capacity to accommodate temporary needs is not a good use of resources. This isn't just about swallowing a bitter pill in building those permanent structures - those structures need maintenance even when they are no longer in use or needed.

Creating temporary capacity to accommodate long term needs is a bad idea too.

rewind2846: No more trailers. Act like you give a sh*t about their future. Spend the money, build what's needed.


Again, I spent about 1/3 of my high school hours in a modular building. Trailers didn't even rank in the top 20 of the things that were wrong with my high school education.
 
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