Clear the Air

By Rachel Gutter and John Mandyck

What makes a school a good place to learn? Certainly, strong teachers and administrators, motivated students, and a great curriculum are essential. But no less important is the quality of indoor air. Just as a healthy diet and physical activity can improve educational performance, healthy air quality and proper ventilation also can make a real difference.

A report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) following studies in four countries found that proper ventilation in schools can improve test scores by as much as 10 percent. There really is magic in the air. 

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