It might not have the ability to shrink its students for traveling through someone’s digestive tract, but Parc Eglos School in Cornwall has a pretty sweet school bus. The school’s head teacher, Brett Dye, recently bought a 1983 Leyland Titan double-decker bus — which were once among the most iconic sights for travelers visits London — on eBay for £3,500.
The school had been struggling to pay for a £15,000 extension to the school, so Dye decided a creative solution was needed. The double-decker is currently being converted into two classrooms: the lower level will be for teaching design technology, and the upper level will be a science classroom.
Dye thinks holding classes in a fun, unusual learning environment will inspire kids to be more imaginative and resourceful. The kids agree – they’ve responded with nothing but excitement about having one of the most unique classrooms in the world. The whole community has even pitched in with fund raising and carpentry services to help set up the swanky new wheels.
The double-decker classroom is just the latest in the world’s push for reform in the education system. People are becoming aware of the fact that different students have different needs, and everyone has multiple intelligences. This means that we all learn differently, regardless of IQ.
Whether it’s a magic school bus or a virtual high school, learning just a got a whole lot more fun.