Getting The "Cold Shoulder" In Libraries
With all kinds of important stuff happening across the globe, a little New York Times story got buried inside most newspapers and went fairly unnoticed.
Or, perhaps, it was merely ignored.
But not by me and, if I were a gambling gal, I would bet not by teachers across the country.
This little ditty dealt with climate. No, not the Al-Gore-Global-Warming kind either. Rather, the indoor, thermostat kind.
According to the news article, New York City librarians apparently get to shut down the library and go home when the indoor temperature drops below 68 degrees. If that same little rule applied to schoolhouses, classrooms and schools would be closing down from sea to shining sea.
At the risk of incurring the wrath of those librarians, I have taught in classrooms so cold that I have had to wear a jacket and mittens.
And I live in Texas.
Last week, when I told the other hall monitors about the New York City librarians, we stood huddled in our hallway with jackets on. If we were operating under the librarians' contract provision, we would have gone home a long time ago.
Apparently there are no laws governing workplace temperatures. However, the article pointed out that the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers suggests the indoor temperature range be between 67 and 82 degrees.
For years, teachers across the country have complained about the difficult climate conditions in their classrooms. Most school districts seem unable to master the fine art of indoor thermostatic control. The temperatures from one room to the next vary about much as our students' test grades do.
So maybe we should forget about all that global warming janx, and ol' Al should focus his next cause on interior climate control. We could call it "Classroom Cooling."
And maybe we could even throw in a polar bear or two. You know, just to get this thing rolling.