In the 15th Annual School Construction Report, Paul Abramson weighs the question of which is more beneficial to education: the size of schools or the cost of construction. Education administrators prioritize their wallets by seeking to minimize their budgets, while research continues to show that smaller schools promote better learning.
Abramson asks the question, “Does size matter?” The answer, simply, is yes. “Students do better in smaller learning environments,” writes Abramson. “But somewhere there appears to be a gap between educational understanding and educational construction.” While evidence is in favor of a more intimate learning environment, the majority of schools built today continue to be large.
While it seems cold to turn to numbers when examining matters that involve children and learning, the question of money is certainly valid. Abramson points out, “While advocates of small schools insist that the cost of building and running them (and the cost per student educated successfully) are actually lower for small schools, in terms of construction alone that does not seem to be true.” And if all this extra money is poured into construction, which other areas of education are left wanting?
Clearly these aren’t questions that can be easily or cleanly answered immediately, but working with Triumph Modular can help educators reach a happy medium. Since modular school buildings are flexible and can be relocated from one semi permanent foundation to another in order to to suit each school’s individual needs, Triumph allows schools to grow and develop right along with their students. Also, today’s modular classrooms are built with the same quality of conventional construction.