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Improve Learning in Schools-Improve Student Bathrooms

By Edited Jan 16, 2014 0 0

There is a very simple way to improve educational standards – fit new bathrooms in schools and colleges. Students go to school without breakfast so they do not have to use college bathrooms, meaning their blood sugar levels are too low to concentrate and learn.

Breakfast and Blood Sugar Levels in Students

When students wake up in the morning their blood sugar levels are low. Any breakfast will boost those levels. Research shows that protein rich breakfasts deliver the most sustained blood sugar elevation. Eggs are very slowly digested, releasing energy very slowly into the bloodstream.

Cereals in any form are carbohydrate rich. Carbohydrates are digested very quickly, giving a massive blood sugar boost. The pancreas produces extra insulin to bring the blood sugar down, converting it to fat, which is stored. Sugar rich cereals are the worst possible breakfast. Insulin levels are still high, even after blood sugar levels are reduced to normal, so more blood sugar is removed, meaning that students' blood sugar levels are less than they were before breakfast.

Blood Sugar Levels and Learning

If students' blood sugar levels are low, they remember less. Research studies since the 1950s showed this.

If students leave home for school or college with no breakfast, or a sugar rich one, their blood sugar levels will be too low to enable effective learning to take place. Students then snack on sugar-rich foods, causing more blood sugar yo-yo effects.

You can help your son or daughter to do better in college by providing a protein rich diet that contains all the food groups, proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

Why Do Intelligent Students Skip Breakfast?

Students hate using the school and college bathrooms, so they do not eat or drink before school to minimize their use of these facilities.

Why Do Students Avoid Some College Bathrooms?

Broken locks on cubicle doors is the main reason why individual bathrooms around the college are not used. The problem is much larger than that though. College bathrooms offer students the very minimum of privacy. They offer some visual privacy, and that is all they offer.

In Western culture everyone looks for three types of privacy in any public bathroom:

  1. Visual Privacy – Provided by floor to ceiling doors and partitions with secure locks
  2. Auditory Privacy – Provided by substantial floor to ceiling doors and partitions and low volume sound systems to cover sounds of natural functions
  3. Olfactory Privacy – Provided by floor to ceiling doors and partitions and efficient extractor fans in each cubicle

The typical school or college bathroom has cheap chipboard partitions and doors that have nine inch gaps at floor height and finish seven feet from the ground in a room that is ten feet high. There is the very minimum of visual privacy, and zero auditory or olfactory privacy. Door locks are broken and bathroom stalls are vandalized and defaced.

What Changes are Necessary in College Bathrooms?

All colleges have very tight budgets and find it difficult to find the money to refit student washrooms. Refitting them will reduce vandalism and subsequent repair costs, and this should be taken into account when calculating the costs of improving students bathroom facilities.

If students see that their washroom stalls are fitted out to a high standard they are less likely to vandalize them. Tiled walls are easy to clean and hard to damage.

Floor to ceiling partitions and doors should be the top priority, improving visual and olfactory and auditory privacy at one stroke. If stall partitions are made from plasterboard that is then tiled they will be damage resistant. Without tiling students will poke holes in the plasterboard in the privacy of the cubicle.

Doors need to be substantial, solid wood doors. Hollow doors and fittings attached to them are very easily damaged. Vandal resistant locks and catches should be used throughout.

Female students' bathrooms should have lockable sanitary towel disposal bins in every cubicle.

If speakers can be fitted securely into ceiling fixtures a low level sound system could be considered to increase auditory privacy.

If colleges instigate a rolling student bathroom refurbishment policy then costs are manageable and monitoring of bathroom usage across the college will show the preference that students show to use the refurbished bathrooms.

Students' exam results will improve, as they are now more willing to eat and drink before school because their public bathrooms offer more privacy. Students are not as dehydrated so will be less irritable and behaviour in class will improve.

If an institution is concerned about vandalism then one way around it is to employ bathroom attendants full-time, as they do in some European countries. The presence of an adult will have a civilizing influence on the behaviours and language of students in their washrooms. Washrooms would always be absolutely immaculate. Students' smoking in toilet cubicles would disappear, too.



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