To keep up with the $37 million school/palace down the road, the Fayetteville, Arkansas school board wants to replace Fayetteville High with a “21st century” building.
Buildings Don’t Teach Kids, People Do, writes Jay Greene, who will end up paying taxes for the new building.
We should invest much more in ensuring that we attract, retain, and motivate the best people as teachers rather than in “21st Century” facilities (whatever that blather means). The systematic evidence overwhelmingly shows that the quality of school facilities in the United States has no relationship to student achievement, while the quality of teachers is very strongly related.
Fayetteville may spend twice as much as the $93 per square foot that rival Har-Ber High cost, Greene writes. Why should it cost so much to build a school?
Meanwhile, Third World kids are learning in open-air shacks — and paying for the privilege.