Those brightly-colored cinder blocks stand in the Tin Roof bar in Nashville, Tennessee. They also stand in bright contrast to the drab grey or off-white cinder blocks that made up the walls of nearly all my classrooms from Kindergarten to college.
But this is exactly what we need in schools. We need color. We need art. We need Monets, Picassos, and Van Goghs inspiring and molding young minds. At the very least, we need something more than mass-produced cartoon characters and blank bricks.