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    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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    How maths, English and history experts fared with homeschooling (don’t worry: they struggled too)

    Tasked last year with the challenge of homeschooling three children – aged nine, six, and five – TV historian Dan Snow was pleasantly surprised with the sparkle of their curriculum. “I’m not an expert educator of young people at all; I’m someone who popularises history and puts it on TV shows and podcasts,” he says. “My impression was that the history was good; it was exciting. They’re young enough to still be doing topic work. We did female pirates, Boudica, Henry VIII’s wives. “I think when I was their age it was similar. I remember doing Captain Cook in great detail for a whole term, and using that as a vehicle to study…

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    Nadia Sawalha On Homeschooling: Say To Your Kids, “I’m Not A Teacher And I Don’t Know The Answer To This Either – Let’s Find Out”

    After home-schooling their daughters Kiki (now 13) and later Maddie (now 18), Nadia Sawalha and her husband Mark Adderley have become one of the most public faces of home education – they’ve even written a book about it. Now, with most of the country plunged into unplanned teaching, thanks to school closures, Nadia explains why they turned to home education, the upsides, her tips and why what parents are doing at the moment isn’t any comparison to choosing to homeschool your child. Why did you decide to homeschool your children? The biggest mistake we ever made was sending our children to private school thinking, ‘We’ll work really hard so we…

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  • Science

    To Get on This SpaceX Flight, You Don’t Have to Be Rich, Just Lucky

    A new era is opening in spaceflight, a future where anyone — at least anyone with tens of millions of dollars — can buy a rocket ride to see Earth from a couple of hundred miles up. Jared Isaacman, a 37-year-old billionaire, announced on Monday that he was essentially chartering a rocket and spacecraft from SpaceX, the company started by Elon Musk, for a three- or four-day trip to space. Scheduled to launch in October, it is to be the first mission to orbit where none of the people aboard is a professional astronaut from NASA or another government space agency. Mr. Isaacman’s announcement follows last week’s report of a…

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    Don’t Lose Faith In Science Amid COVID, Newark Researcher Pleads

    NEWARK, NJ — Denarra Simmons knew she always wanted to live in Newark. “It’s a good place,” the senior scientist with Merck says of her home city, where she raises her family on the same block her mother grew up on. Education was a top priority in their household, where it was viewed as a crucial tool for “social mobility.” But even in her family, there’s a certain level of distrust when it comes to the coronavirus vaccine and the role of researchers such as herself – particularly in the pharmaceutical industry. “Everyone knows about the Tuskegee Experiment,” Simmons said, referencing the 40-year study conducted by the U.S. Public Health…

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    Some identical twins don’t have the exact same DNA

    average: (in science) A term for the arithmetic mean, which is the sum of a group of numbers that is then divided by the size of the group. cell: The smallest structural and functional unit of an organism. Typically too small to see with the unaided eye, it consists of a watery fluid surrounded by a membrane or wall. Depending on their size, animals are made of anywhere from thousands to trillions of cells. Most organisms, such as yeasts, molds, bacteria and some algae, are composed of only one cell. develop: To emerge or to make come into being, either naturally or through human intervention, such as by manufacturing. (in biology)…

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  • Jobs

    You Don’t Have to Love Your Job

    “You don’t have to like it,” my late father would tell my siblings and me when we complained about our jobs. “That’s why it’s called work.” His career began in typewriter repair in the 1950s and, after a string of promotions, layoffs, and lateral moves, ended in middle management for a chain of grocery stores. He didn’t have to love his job; he loved us. By showing up to the office every day, he kept his family warm, fed, and educated. For him, that was enough. Over the past few decades, this ethos of cheerless duty has been overtaken by the imperative to love your work. Graduation speakers, human resources…

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