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Re: young people and noise
On Tue, 21 Oct 1997 Sorrento95@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 97-10-21 15:59:29 EDT, you write:
> << If anyone can suggest ways to help get my point across,
> I'd be most grateful. >>
> Just use plain common sense language, such as, "Classrooms
> need to be quiet, don't you think?"
Not quite that simple Michael. I have taught in many schools over the
past 10+ years here in Toronto. Each and every one has been poorly
designed from an acoustic viewpoint. From a caretaker's viewpoint they're
almost ideal. Nice shiny acrylic tiles throughout. Lots of concrete walls.
An abundance of hard surfaces from which each dropped book, dragged
chair, cry down the hallway, knocked music stand etc. can reverberate onto.
Very easy to clean and maintain. This was one of the main design elements
taken into consideration when the schools were built. For most of the
professionals involved in the building of the schools, "soundscape"
wasn't even in their vocabulary.
We have a long way to go still. First we must educate the adults who
build/run the schools. Then we'll be able to have quiet settings from
which to teach.
> Maybe the listeners didn't understand what you meant by
That was her point.
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