I loved the old building. It, along with the other schools I went to, always had big huge windows. The teachers would often have the windows open, letting the classrooms flood with sunlight and fresh air. In the classes where we were allowed to choose our own seats, I always went for a seat by the window!
For whatever reason, they tore down the old building and put up the new monstrosity. I call it the Big Blue Prison. More and more schools are looking like this. I had to go all the way around the school just to find windows! Can you imagine being inside a building all day long with no sunlight? I'd go crazy in there!
Yesterday we drove past the prison on the way to my MIL's house for Easter. It struck me that there are great similarities and few differences in the look of the buildings: iron fencing all around, few windows, big heavy bolted doors.
I realize it is supposed to be for the safety of the students, but really, I know that I could not learn in that environment. I don't know how anyone could.