I get moved in and out of schools. My course assignments are treated like a state secret. I have to twist arms to determine my room assignment. How hard would it be to give me tables for my students? Why would anybody purchase desk/chair monstrosities that offer a higher footprint in our overcrowded classrooms? With desk/chairs, there’s no place to walk around the room. The “desk” is the same size as an opened textbook, so if a student remembers their book, they can’t use it and do any work. The desk part is on a slant, so students using compass and straight edge in Geometry end up with everything on their lap. There’s no place for both a laptop and a text or book or handwritten notes. Overweight students can’t fit in. Hands-on work with manipulatives, like building with blocks, slides to the floor. Students can’t collaborate: putting desks together results in surfaces sloping away from a giant hole in the center due to the curved corners.
The school district claims to espouse hands-on, interactive, collaborative, blended learning. But they have put their money into seating for students which is designed for row seating, facing only one way in the classroom, and walling the teacher into one place (probably a desk at the front of the room).
I blame hypocrisy.