In My Free Time I Like to Fantasize About My Perfect School

Lauren Barrett Writes
10 min readJul 20
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Some people have fantasies of winning the lottery or finally making it on the big stage, but, as a teacher, I have a simple fantasy. It’s the fantasy of My Perfect School. A utopian university, if you will.

I like to conjure up this dynamic dream from time to time and wistfully wish that one day it would come true.

Now, before you jump ahead, keep in mind that this is MY fantasy. And in my fantasy I’m allowed to suspend logistics, budgets, security, and political agendas.

Public education facilities will be of the top priority and money is no object.

I am a high school teacher, so this fantasy will be the perfect high school.

In my fantasy, I focused on what works for my family and me AND research-based solutions to help ALL students and teachers. This is a tuition-free public school where ALL students are welcomed.



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When I picture my perfect school, I envision a sprawling building spread out over a lush, green field.

Obviously, the lawns and structures are well kept, and it doesn’t look like a prison or a detention center.

Outside, there are numerous outdoor spaces to hold classes, courtyards, gardens, fountains, trails, and sports facilities for students to take part in.

The inside has a lot of vibrant, calming, happy colors — yellows, pinks, peaches, lilacs, oranges, baby blues. The artwork will feature a lot of circular shapes to promote well-being. There will be a lot of natural light.

There will be artwork to represent all cultures and races and obviously mascots and logos to represent the school culture.

An interior designer would be hired to decorate and design the school hallways to create a calming, positive vibe.

There will be a lot of student work displayed and interactive stations throughout the school to promote collaboration, learning, and connection.