A new study in the UK says just that. My background and obsession with design says that environment and design affects everything. I mean look at product packaging. Why do companies spend so much money figuring out what package will get our attention, and then stores spend even more money figuring out how to layout and optimize sales for that packaging...why wouldn't we expect children to be affected by their school layouts and design?
Waldorf, Reggio, and Montessori all have design built into part of their philosophy. They are all different, but they all stress natural materials. These systems have proven effective for about 100 years now, and I think more attention should be paid to why!
Final rant on subject: fluorescent lighting, cheap, economical, bad for the eyes, the flicker is headache inducing and if the bulb breaks the stuff inside is poisonous. I want to study the effects this type of lighting has on the millions of children subjected to it's blaring brightness everyday.