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Do our Kids need AC in Schools?

March 6, 2018
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Should Schools have air conditioning or not, is a total another question.

I am writing this article as a Parent discussing whether our Kids need AC in Schools or not?

 

As a Parent who can afford to send her child in air-conditioned School, I prefer not to send my Kid to the one.

If you have already started judging me or calling me unfair. It is not only because I myself went to the School without air conditioning.

 

It’s more than that.

 

Reasons I feel Kids do not need air conditioning in Schools:

 

Kids and Adults are different

While we as Adults focus more on comfort rather than entertainment, Kids are different.

Being a child, do you remember not enjoying the play time because of hot weather or missing out on fun due to dust?

Kids are programmed differently. They choose fun over everything.

If you feel hot while its 35-degree Celsius and unable to concentrate on work, it does not mean Kids feel the same.

 

Talk about local Climate

Of course, health comes first and if temperatures are soaring high as 50 degrees, Kids may find it difficult to concentrate.

Geographical location is an important factor while deciding if Kids require air conditioning in Schools.

Here in North India, Summer temperatures vary around 32-45 °C; May and June being the hottest months which fall under Summer Holidays.

So, I feel it is not a necessity.

 

Natural Environment

Using ACs mean staying under the controlled environment which is not advisable.

Researchers found out that people who spend more time in a natural environment are more rough and tough with high immunity levels.

With Closed windows 24*7, we have shut ourselves away from nature and its sounds.

Air conditioners are not required if the classrooms are well-ventilated and have enough fans to prevent suffocation in the classrooms.

 

They get habitual

It’s not wrong to say that Kids become habitual of the environment they get to live in daily. This is how our bodies work.

I want my kid to enjoy the outdoors and be close to nature. They should not be reluctant to play in the sun.

I have seen many Kids not visiting the relatives just because they feel hot due to the absence of AC.

I do not want my Kid to be one of them.

 

Preference at Home

I am a person who prefers Cooler to AC at Home. Yes, we have AC but that’s for those humid months during rains.

I do not want my Kid to feel discomfort at Home with AC switched off.

 

Moreover, I don’t want my Kid to take these comforts for granted. Kids might be required to work in various climatic conditions, and an AC environment in the school might be a deterrent to his adaptability and career choice.

 

To answer the point where Parents believe that Kid’s performance gets degraded due to high temperatures: The top schools in our town are non-ac and the Kids perform equally well in extra-curricular activities and in academics. They know how to adapt well to the weather.

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply Krish March 17, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Kudos…

    Very well said…It covers all the details which i had in mind. All parents spoon feed their kids instead of making them to learn to cope with situations whatever it may has to read this. very well articulated…
    well done Upasana…

    • Reply Upasna March 20, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Krish for your encouraging words. Being a Mother to a Preschool, I put forward my thoughts on this.
      Hope to see you more here.

  • Reply Maniparna March 16, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Kids have different notions of comfort. They do not prefer being in an air-conditioned room. Even at home, I’ve seen my son, who loves to be in our small library room which is not air-conditioned. He can easily bring the book from there and relax in his own room but he just doesn’t bother. I think, in schools, children often play outside and then again come to the classroom. In an AC classroom, the sweating body doesn’t get the time to be naturally conditioned. It’s not at all good for their health.
    I agree with your other points as well. We didn’t have ac classrooms and that mattered nothing at all.

  • Reply Monika March 10, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I agree with you totally Upasna . Even I want to build her up in a way to adjust in any situation. Lovely post

    • Reply Upasna March 14, 2018 at 11:04 am

      I am glad my post resonated your thoughts, Monika. Happy to see you here.

  • Reply rashi mital March 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    You are absolutely right, Upasna and I agree with you on every word. I too am completely against sending my child to a school which has AC in the classrooms. Why? Becuase I want her to grow with all basic requirements. The more comfort I will give her, the lesser her resistance to the basics will be. This is a must-read for every parent.

    • Reply Upasna March 9, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks for your support Rashi. We need more like-minded people so that Schools concentrate more on education quality rather than the luxurious amenities.

  • Reply Rony March 8, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Hi Upasana,

    Read your post, I too agree with your views. We should give comfort to our children but sometime this comfort make them too fragile. Let them enjoy the beauty of nature. Summer, Winter or Rainy season make our body strong. Using AC’s everywhere all the time could be harmful to their skins too. We send our children to school for the education not for enjoying luxury. This type of facility also responsible for fee increment.

    • Reply Upasna March 14, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Hello Rony,

      Thanks for sharing your inputs. Each feedback is valuable.
      You are right- These luxuries we as parents are demanding for our Kids are resulting in fee hikes and changing the focus from education quality to something else.

      Kepp visiting and sharing your thoughts.

  • Reply Ramya March 6, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Agree with all your points. Important point is that children focus on their friends and learning at school and usually they don’t have time to feel the weather and be uncomfortable about it. As you said, kids shouldn’t take luxuries for granted.

    • Reply Upasna March 9, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Right, for them their friends and play time is a priority. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Ramya.

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