Does DHS Bear Bare Walls?

By Arden Y

If one looks around at the walls in the hallways and the classrooms of Duxbury High School, you’ll see that they are mostly bare. With the exception of advertising and fundraiser posters, most of the walls in our school lack any type of decoration or personality.

Most of the classrooms here at DHS have a blue or brown wall on one side of the room, and the other wall is white. There are a few other colors too, but most of them are border line gray and not very distinguishable.

Both students and staff are conflicted about the issue.

“I don’t like how the walls are empty,” said junior Marin C. “They need more splash[es] of color. [Posters] spark your mind to think and to be creative”.

Many people, including high school art teacher Ms. Leydon, agree with Marin. “I feel like it doesn’t give the rooms the personality of the teachers, so it’s kind of a sad state,” said Ms. Leydon.

Ms. Leydon has been working on adding artwork to the hallways of the school for a few years now. On each floor you will see different Zen-tangle animals. Students in her art class designed the artwork. In addition, student artwork is often hung outside the art room and near the lunch area.

While the hallways have been getting attention, the classrooms are still a problem.

One of the main reasons the walls at DHS are bare is because many teachers have to share their rooms. This gives the teachers no chance to decorate the rooms and make them their own.

Mrs. Miller, a school librarian at DHS, said that bare classrooms “don’t inspire creativity or give helpful information.”

Not all agree that the DHS walls are a problem. Senior Angela Zou has a different view on the subject.

“I feel like it’s fine [to have bare walls] because if you don’t have the right pictures that you want to put on the walls then it’s better to not put them up than [to put up ones that don’t fit]” she said.

Even though people have different views, most agree that bare walls are still a complication.

Mrs. Ciccarelli, an English teacher at Duxbury High School, expressed an extreme dislike for classrooms with nothing on the walls.

“Learning is visual as well as auditory as well as [hands on] and I think that visual education [is as important] as any part of learning, and I think the room should reflect that.”

Mrs. Ciccarelli said that it is “unpleasant to be in a [boring] room” and she prefers to be in a classroom that is colorful and expressive.

In her current classroom, Ms. Ciccarelli is not afraid to put up posters reflecting the lessons and topics she teaches her students.

“I am fully in favor of decorating one’s room,” she continued, “it makes it a pleasant situation.”

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