Lack of air conditioning causes heated debate

Rachel Kogan, Assistant Opinions Editor

Summer is approaching, and while the days seem to be getting longer, and the weather keeps getting hotter.

Although the weather outside may call students to go to the beach or play sports, the reality is quite the opposite.

School is still going on, and students still have to study material for their upcoming final and Regent exams.

Recently, a heat wave passed during which temperatures reached as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Throughout this time, students were forced to sit in classrooms without any system of air conditioning.  It should be a mandatory requirement for all classrooms to have air conditioning because the heat affects the learning process,

“I think it’s not safe and not conducive to education,” said sophomore Joshua Curtis. “We should be comfortable in order to learn.”

With humidity constantly rising, students find it increasingly difficult to concentrate on their work.  Drowsiness and overall discomfort permeate throughout the student body.

Forcing students to stay inside without air conditioning is detrimental to the learning process.

Students feel as if they are not able to concentrate on reviewing information for their upcoming tests.

“When classrooms are extremely hot, it can disrupt a student’s learning environment, especially during quizzes or examinations,” said sophomore Sabina Unni.

Even though they put up a tough fight against such brutal heat, air conditioning in classrooms would significantly aid the teachers in teaching the students more efficiently. Many classrooms already have air conditioning installed.

However, despite these additons,  Schreiber still contains a significant percentage of classrooms that lack any type of cooling system.

In fact, many of these classrooms are located in the older portions of Schreiber.  Air conditioning during hot and humid weather will most definitely prove to be beneficial in terms of providing a comfortable environment in which students can learn.