High School Going Dark Joe King January 25, 2016 All Stories As part of our ongoing look into the modernizing of education in the region, we look at the problem of light and glare in the classroom environment. City High School Going Dark Looking to further connect with students a local High School will be embarking on a new program this spring to enhance the already successful bring-your-own-device pilot project. The program would have teachers turn off the lights. According to teacher not authorized to speak to the media, “One of the biggest distractions for our students is light. It is frustrating for students who rely on cell phones and tablets to work in a light rich environment. School lighting is really a leftover from the Victorian era when children read books and learned to write.” Students agree. A quick hallway survey shows students are concerned. Frank, a grade 11 automotive student complains, “I am very distracted with light coming through the windows. It causes reflections on my screen and makes it hard to text.” Pam, exiting her foods class, echoed the sentiment. “I spend a lot of time gaming and I can tell you that no one games with the lights on. How can teachers expect us to successfully transition from home to school?” An off the record comment from a school trustee sees a lot of potential to save money. “A Pallister government this April will likely mean a reduction of say 10 – 15% of our provincial funding. Of course we can freeze teachers’ salaries for a few years, but if we turn off all the lights we can stretch our budget a lot further.” According to sources there is a huge amount of support from staff and parents. “Our 2015 student survey showed that 90% of students do not like receiving guidance or instructions from teachers. It is pretty clear that a main cause of student dissatisfaction at the high school level is teachers talking to students. As teachers put all their assignments online the need for talk is greatly reduced. With the lights out teachers will have no option but to put all their assignments in an online friendly format. This is great for students who will be able to work from the comfort of their own bed or while watching Netflix or snacking at home. Fill-in-the blank and other user-friendly test structures will allow students to cooperate and share answers without having to come to class or interact with staff. It is a win-win for everyone.” Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.