Since moving to California, I have become very aware of falling graduation rates of inner city schools. Of course, this falling rate has a lot to do with the no Child left behind act, racial issues, geography, and economic class.
I have decided to start a huge project. To redecorate and design inner city classrooms. There is so much evidence and scientific research done to prove that colors change our thinking (a recent study shows that the color red helps with reading and grammar). Understanding and initiating small design changes will allow children to focus.
I want to start with inner city classrooms because inner city schools have a considerably lower amount of students who graduate compared to students who live in suburban areas. I'm not sure if you have been to inner city classrooms in Milwaukee, Chicago, LA or New York (any larger city with inner city schools), these classrooms are hideous. No student is motivated by broken desks and beige walls.
The idea is to change the environment of the student to help motivate and encourage coming to class and actually graduating.
I want to be more than an interior designer of the normal path, but to help students overcome this enormous cliche of living in an inner city.