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    OPINION: Ontario’s ‘choice’ of fully online school would gamble on children for profit

    For children, fully online learning creates the conditions for further educational inequality, prof says This article, written by Lana Parker, University of Windsor, originally appeared on The Conversation and has been republished here with permission: Despite the lack of data documenting benefits to children, and emerging evidence of several drawbacks and harms, the Ontario government is discussing making full-time online schooling a permanent “choice” in public education. This idea is being introduced without adequate research, and stands to become the latest measure that raises inequality and threatens the viability of education as a public good. The Globe and Mail obtained an Ontario Ministry of Education presentation dated March 22, 2021, detailing…

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    Sweden’s gamble | Science

    The country’s pandemic policies came at a high price—and created painful rifts in its scientific community. Science‘s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation Passengers wait for a Stockholm ferry in July. Swedish health officials insist face masks offer a false sense of security and can lead people to forget about social distancing. PHOTO: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES On 5 April, Anders Tegnell, chief epidemiologist for the Swedish public health authority, sent an email to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) expressing concern about proposed new advice that face masks worn in public could slow the spread of the pandemic coronavirus.…

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