by Michael Lawson
Classrooms teach too! Most often they reflect the industrial revolution’s preoccupation with mass production. Architects draw lines on paper based on assumptions about presentation models of teaching. They calculate room capacity based on standardized allotments, which typically err on the stingy side. After all, how much room does a person need to sit and listen? None of my doctoral courses in education ever touched on room configuration. Nor did we ever meet in a room thoughtfully prepared for graduate interaction. Throughout my academic training, rooms were assigned places for students to sit, listen, and write notes (or doodle in my case). I assumed fixed seating, massive podiums, and dirty blackboards had some connection to learning. Room arrangement was just not my problem!