School Built To Please Children (Apr, 1935)

School Built To Please Children

INDOOR and outdoor class rooms are now being combined and built around a huge playground and swimming pool in a new experimental school now being built in Los Angeles.

Built to induce the children to go to school because they want to rather than because they have to, classes will be conducted out-of-doors when the weather permits.

Ten classrooms will be built to form a semi-circle on each end. The sides will be completed with administrative offices and manual training rooms.

10 comments
  1. mc says: August 18, 20106:57 am

    I think this was the beginning of the architectural movement that led to modern-looking school buildings that are *very* uncomfortable in hot weather and cold weather. Everybody started building for L.A.’s climate.

    But is this one still there? Where was it and what became of it?

  2. Mike says: August 18, 20108:46 am

    I imagine all that glass caused problems in every type of weather.

  3. Kosher Ham says: August 18, 20109:58 am

    No wonder so many L.A. schools are bad.

  4. Mike says: August 18, 20106:16 pm

    Kosher Ham, no…. schools are bad because they don’t have millions and millions more in tax dollars, you should know that by now. More money out of your pocket and into a failing system will fix everything.

  5. Johnny Q says: August 19, 20109:22 am

    “Built to induce the children to go to school because they want to rather than because they have to, classes will be conducted out-of-doors when the weather permits.”

    Ah, what a wonderful and fundamental misunderstanding of what makes school so unpleasant for so many children. Hint: It has nothing to do with the attractive or technocratic designs of the building itself.

  6. Myles says: August 19, 201010:03 am

    I notice we are looking at a model, and not a completed building.

  7. M.S.W. says: August 19, 201011:25 am

    If this was ever built, it would be interesting to find out if the experiment worked in coaxing 1930′s students into “wanting” to go to school for the amenities. As “Johnny Q” so acutely pointed out a guilded cage(school) is still a cage(school) in the psyche of a children’s minds.

    As far as the architectual aspects of the concept model if the building is orientated to have the box shaped buildings faceing West to East the sunlight would be less harsh on the occupants during the blistering heat since the light entering would be indirect. The construction of the building looks to be modular which would make for a nice low cost construction and minute wasteage during the build.

    The design would work well in Disney’s original EPCOT concept. Just slap on a monorail across the the tops of the box buildings for student pickup/drop off and the journey to the dark side would be complete.

  8. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: August 20, 20102:45 pm

    I’m just wondering if and where this was built. It looks pretty darn expensive for a public school district to build especially in 1935 during the Great Depression.

    Some education proponents are still advocating outdoor classes when possible especially for the sciences.

    As long as the philosophy of getting kids to want to go to school applied all the way down to the lesson plan, it might work. Frankly, I think between the PTA, helicopter parents and a bureaucracy intent on protecting itself, most schools have a long way to go toward educating kids.

    It’d be interesting to apply the same legal responsibilities that manufacturers of aircraft have to teachers and schools have toward the students they teach. If they were responsible for the life of their student they turn out, they might have a completely different attitude about the sausage grinder approach.

  9. Mike says: August 22, 20106:20 pm

    They might not have gotten it all those years ago but “LOS ANGELES-Next month’s opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools….
    With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation’s most expensive public school ever.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/s…

  10. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: August 23, 20106:22 pm

    RFK school http://rfkcommunityscho…. K-12 cluster of schools, six total. So 1/2 a billion build what amounts to a partial school district to serve 4200 students per year. 96 and a 1/3 million dollars per campus including an Arts campus and a Visual Arts & Humanities campus for what’s being touted as a non-magnet magnet school system, about 5.3 times the nation average for high schools per campus. http://www.ncef.org/cd/…. Unless the got the property for free, I’m guessing they’re paying about 2x to 3x the national average for just the grounds w/o construction.

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