• Education

    Education Department moves to stop controversy over U.S. history grant program

    The teaching of civics and history — an opportunity to better understand our past and how our government works so we can engage in and influence our future — has long provided the foundation for students to be active participants in society and help our nation live up to its highest ideals. These values have been championed over the years by Americans of all backgrounds, and they are deeply embedded in our commitment to both patriotism and progress. One of the ways the Department carries out these efforts is through programs like the American History and Civics grant programs, part of which was first launched in the early 2000’s, authorized…

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  • Jobs

    Where the jobs have yet to return

    And some of those hardest-hit sectors and industries are still trying to claw out of very deep holes. “There are a number of industries that are certainly lagging or have quite a ways to go,” Sarah House, a senior economist for Wells Fargo, told CNN Business. To determine which industries still have the furthest to reach their pre-pandemic jobs levels, CNN Business analyzed data from the latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics survey, which shows industry-level employment estimates through May 2021. Through this analysis, we determined the five industries with the greatest percentage share of job losses from February 2020 through May 2021. Movie theaters February 2020:…

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  • Online School

    More Minnesota schools can continue online option, will make local choices on pandemic precautions

    All Minnesota public schools can choose to offer an online learning option this fall — but they won’t be required to do so, as they were earlier in the pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Education made that announcement this month, loosening the requirements for districts and charters that wanted to keep distance learning even as most students return to classrooms. Instead of having to get the state’s full approval as a permanent online learning provider, districts can provide online classes to their students as they work through a longer application process. It’s not clear how many districts intend to provide an online option for their students, especially since districts have…

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  • Education

    Master’s degrees are the second biggest scam in higher education.

    Last week, the Wall Street Journal published a troubling exposé on the crushing debt burdens that students accumulate while pursuing master’s degrees at elite universities in fields like drama and film, where the job prospects are limited and the chances of making enough to repay their debt are slim. Because it focused on MFA programs at Ivy League schools—one subject accumulated around $300,000 in loans pursuing screenwriting—the article rocketed around the creative class on Twitter. But it also pointed to a more fundamental, troubling development in the world of higher education: For colleges and universities, master’s degrees have essentially become an enormous moneymaking scheme, wherein the line between for-profit and…

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  • Home Schooling

    New Research Lifts Hood on Homeschooling During Pandemic

    According to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released earlier this year, homeschooling exploded during the pandemic. This shouldn’t surprise us. In states and districts around the country uneven communications, poorly thought out opening and closing plans and lackluster remote learning were upsettingly common. In the spring of 2020, in partnership with Hanover Research, EdChoice conducted a survey of homeschooling families to understand what their experience has been. Among the main findings: 68% of respondents said the coronavirus pandemic was an important or very important factor in the decision to homeschool. 68% of respondents said the flexibility to shape their child’s learning experience was an important or very important factor in…

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  • Exchange Student

    Local host families wanted for international exchange students

    Families needed to host teens from a variety of countries –International Cultural Exchange Services, in cooperation with local high schools, is looking for families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 18 from a variety of countries. ICES students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English skills. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students come with their own health insurance and spending money to cover personal…

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  • Education

    Porn Education Is Totally Unprepared for Modern Porn

    Earlier this year, Manhattan’s prestigious Dalton School bid farewell to Justine Ang Fonte, its then-director of health and wellness, who had guided the academy’s sex education for years. Their parting was the conclusion of a minor media scandal with all the makings of a major one: Fonte, who also gives presentations at other institutions, had become the subject of controversy after offering a frank porn-literacy course to high schoolers at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in May, resulting in a scandalized write-up in the New York Post. A handful of Columbia Prep parents were, it seemed, appalled by the allegedly explicit presentation Fonte had given their children. Fonte was taken…

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