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    ‘They don’t realize what they’re teaching me’ | Special education teacher opens up about teaching during pandemic

    A digital series that introduces us to some of the most inspirational, resourceful people in and around St. Louis who are teaching under impossible odds FESTUS, Mo. — A few minutes into talking about her career as an educator, Jena Bohn started to cry. “You go into this profession and you want to teach these kids everything that they need to know,” she said choking back tears. “But they don’t realize, what they’re teaching me.” Bohn is a special education instructor at Festus High School where students have been learning in-person since the 2020-2021 school year began. Her classroom has eight students with severe physical and mental disabilities. She says…

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    New Study Cautiously Suggests Schools Don’t Increase Spread of Coronavirus | Education News

    School districts offering in-person instruction do not contribute to community spread of COVID-19 as long as there are relatively low levels of preexisting coronavirus infections in the surrounding areas, according to one of the most comprehensive studies to date that’s set to play a major role in the fraught debate over reopening schools. Nearly 10 months after schools across the country shuttered as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S., researchers are finally amassing enough data to draw more informed conclusions about whether and how the virus spreads in schools, whether schools are significant drivers of infection rates and what conditions may allow for schools to safely and successfully…

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    The new U.K. coronavirus variant is concerning. But don’t freak out

    Coronavirus infections in part of the United Kingdom have rapidly taken center stage in the COVID-19 pandemic after researchers identified a variant of the virus that may be behind a recent spike in cases there. On December 14, U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock first announced that the variant, called B.1.1.7., might be linked to faster spread that officials were seeing among people. In the days since, evidence supporting that hypothesis has emerged, prompting officials to put stricter public health measures in place to curb new infections — including restricting gatherings of people who don’t live in the same household. The early evidence has prompted experts to closely monitor the new…

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    Pelosi Scolds ‘Faith-Oriented’ People Who ‘Don’t Believe in Science’

    The Conversation New antidepressants can lift depression and suicidal thoughts fast, but don’t expect magic cures Depression is the most common cause of disability in the world. Chances are high that you or someone you know will experience a period when depression gets in the way of work, social life or family life. Nearly two in three people with depression will experience severe effects.As a psychiatrist specializing in behavioral neuroscience, I help patients who suffer from mood disorders. Many have “treatment-resistant” depression and are on a nearly constant search for relief. There have been some exciting developments in treating depression recently, particularly new rapid-acting antidepressants. But it’s important to understand…

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