• Education

    Microcredentials don’t stack up, academics warn

    Micro-degrees are “gig credentials for the gig economy”, exacerbating the tenuous existence of struggling workers and turning universities into job coaching services that save companies money on their in-house training, according to two academics. Leesa Wheelahan and Gavin Moodie have delivered a scathing assessment of an educational trend that is sweeping the world. The University of Toronto researchers say that microcredentials are fractured qualifications that abet the fracturing of formal employment through casualisation, Uber and food delivery apps. Writing in the journal Higher Education, they say microcredentials reframe universities as “an instrument of microeconomic change” to serve market needs. “Their potential to underpin contingent, precarious work is greatest for those who…

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  • Online School

    Some kids don’t want to return to in-person schooling

    Taliyah is mostly worried about facing social pressures she hasn’t had to deal with in more than a year. Virtual learning, she said, helped her to thrive in class and engage more with her studies than she did in person. “For online classes, you don’t have to worry about trying to fit in, who will talk to you in the hallways,” she told CNN. “I struggle with social anxiety and overthinking. Virtual school made it so much easier for me. I didn’t have to deal with some of those pressures.” As schools reopen across the US, many children are excited to get back into classrooms with their friends. But for…

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  • Jobs

    Many people don’t want to work unless it’s from home

    If you’re one of the approximately 50 percent of Americans who worked remotely during the pandemic, you’re probably wondering if remote work is in the cards after the pandemic is over. The vast majority of people say they’d like to work remotely at least part of the time, but that desire is running up against the reality of there being fewer remote jobs than there are people who say they want them. Only about 10 percent of jobs on popular hiring platforms include remote work. That’s a boon for jobs offering remote work. Take Zillow, for example, which saw a huge spike in applicants due to a new remote work…

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  • Home Schooling

    Homeschooling soared during pandemic: ‘They don’t need to sit down in a classroom with a book’

    Fourth-grader Vaughn Hurd paced the floor of his basement in Morrill as he considered a math question posed by his mom, Angela. Stumped for a moment as he multiplied, Vaughn continued to walk in circles before triumphantly declaring, “72.” “Good,” Angela Hurd said. Then she posed another equation. “Just moving around helps me think,” Vaughn said. “In public school I couldn’t do that. I had to sit at a desk.” This story was originally published by The Maine Monitor. The Maine Monitor, formerly known as Pine Tree Watch, is a local journalism product published by The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic news organization based in Augusta.…

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  • Science

    Why we still don’t know for sure where the coronavirus came from

    More than a year after the novel coronavirus had spread to all corners of the globe, officially becoming a pandemic, we still don’t know where it came from (SN: 3/11/20). Many researchers agree the virus most likely came from nature, probably harbored in bats. Even so, conspiracy theories claiming that the virus came from a lab arose shortly after the first genetic blueprint for SARS-CoV-2 was unveiled in January 2020. Using that very genetic blueprint, multiple studies have refuted the lab-borne hypothesis and continue to point to bats as the original source of the virus. But even after more than a year of sleuthing, many questions remain. It’s unclear where…

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  • Home Schooling

    Black Families Don’t Fit the Homeschooling ‘Mold,’ But We’re Doing It Anyway

    This pandemic has truly played a huge role in humanity’s plethora of emotions and wild decisions lately. The Gould family could truly attest to that notion, because this momma is now homeschooling! Not virtual learning, or overseeing school online, but homeschooling. The truth is, I always desired to be “a homeschool mom.” When I had my kids, I worked full-time, but my soul yearned to be in their presence and to be with them in the comfort of our home. Prior to trying this new style of learning, our children were attending a private Christian school. Their school was amazing, but we wanted the opportunity to teach our kids from…

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  • Jobs

    Degrees More Advanced Than Bachelor of Arts Don’t Always Mean More Jobs for Men

    Illustration: George Wylesol for Bloomberg Businessweek Illustration: George Wylesol for Bloomberg Businessweek The more education you have, the more likely you are to have a job. This relationship holds true across the U.S. labor market, with one notable exception. In February, 74.6{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of men 25 and older with only a bachelor’s degree were employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while just 72.7{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of men with advanced degrees were. This seeming inversion has been present for all but five months over the past five years, which is how far back the data are available. It’s been driven entirely by labor force participation. That is, men with advanced degrees have…

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