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A winning school design is flexible, and maybe distracting

For the last month, After Ed TV has been posting episodes of a reality show, called “School ReDesign.” In the show, education and architecture students, both from Columbia University, team up to sketch out the classroom of the future.

In this week’s episode, the winning design is revealed: A flexible classroom that can be rearranged to meet students’ individual needs and reconfigured depending on the lesson. But the youngest judge, an 8th grader at Tompkins Square Middle School, worries that using the design as it’s intended could distract children and take away from learning time.

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