Much of what is learned in school happens through hearing and listening. If the background noise levels in the classrooms are too high are too high, students can be prohibited from optimal learning. For example, high levels of background noise generated by HVAC equipment, poor room acoustics, or intrusion of noise from outside the classroom can actually lower the student's academic performance.
Careful consideration must be given to reverberation times, particularly in the primary grades where the young student's ears are not fully developed.
They also do not possess yet, the ability to 'interpret' what is being said if they don't hear all the words. They are unable at this stage in life to 'fill in the gaps'. Children with normal hearing can miss as much as a third of what teachers say. This is why good acoustical design of the classrooms is imperative.
How unfortunate it is when the environment our children are supposed to learn in is a poor learning environment.
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