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Re: Classroom Noise
In a message dated 97-10-22 13:43:26 EDT, Eric writes:
<< Amplification systems are now available for use in
a regular classroom to address some of the listening
and learning concerns resulting from poor acoustic
conditions. The teacher wears a wireless FM microphone
which transmits his or her voice to an amplifier and
speaker system installed in the classroom. Use of FM
systems can enhance the teacher's voice by 8 to 15
dBA and simultaneously reduce teacher vocal fatigue. " >>
I find this very sad.
<<Of course the question begs to be asked - why not simply
build acoustic-friendly schools and classrooms so these
devices would become unnecessary? >>
We have definitely over-modernized. I went to grade school
in an old-fashioned school house built in 1934. I doubt if
the designers and builders had ever heard of the word
"soundscape" or the phrase "acoustic-friendly."
It worked just fine. None of the teachers used microphones.
I understood them with no problem. I don't think there was
ever more than 30 kids in a class. None of the kids brought
boom boxes to class either. Fortunately for me, that kind
of junk did not exist in the 50s.
I was measured to be reading at the 11th grade level when
I was in the 5th grade. I credit the teachers for that, along
with the general quality of the educational environment.
The socio-economic composition of the school district was
mostly blue-collar and lower-middle class. I think back
in those days I had a better education in the basics than
a lot of privileged kids are getting today.
I can remember the kindergarten teacher telling us it was
time to play the "quiet game." She had the right idea.
-- Michael Wright
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