Apparently, we're importing bricks from Germany, or at least our government is. Somehow it's cheaper to mine clay over in Deutschland, bake the bricks there, and ship them 3000+ miles across the sea than to make them here.
I understand electronics and such where labor costs are an issue. I understand shipping crude oil, natural gas, and food. Bricks, on the other hand, when all of the South is built on red clay, and anthracite and bituminous coal veins stretch from the Appalachians past the Rockies? I reckon some of the reason for our manufacturers' difficulty might have something to do with "unions" or "government."
Never mind the little fact that brick buildings can last centuries, while few government schools are in use even 50 years after they are built. Methinks it's about time to consider building schools out of materials more suited to a 50 year building life cycle.