The Third Teacher is a book about designing physical and mental spaces in schools. It was written by a group of designers who are passionate about education and community action. The book itself is a beautiful work of art, wonderfully put together and pleasing on the senses.
I found myself oscillating between being:
a) totally and utterly inspired
b) angry and disagreeing
c) living in a world of budget-less wonder that does not exist in most schools
It is well worth the read, even if there is nothing really that new here. It is a collection of research that teachers have known about for a long time but together in a pleasing way. That being said, if you are building a school from the ground up, or re-positioning a school for the 21st century, this would be a wonderful resource to go back to time and time again. It contains some great interviews with experts in various fields, and gives a picture of a very different and modern way of education that is inspiring, if not occasionally frustrating.
a) the part about color in school
b) the use of outdoor spaces
c) the connection to the local community
d) the look and design of the book
I did not love:
a) the philosophy of the purpose of school (which was contradictory and mixed with clashing metaphors)
b) thinking about how much money this would cost a school on a tight budget
c) the lack of other examples to illustrate points (usually only one example and then onto the next point, made it rushed)