• Exchange Student

    Opinion: Without foreign exchange students, we lose a vital transfer of knowledge

    Mark Lautens is a JB Jones Distinguished Professor at the University of Toronto. As we all know, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on travel and tourism. Perhaps less appreciated is the dramatic change to scientific exchange programs. Basically, they stopped completely. Should we continue to discourage or even prohibit students coming from abroad when they offer so much to the Canadian scientific research effort? Some are pushing to follow that path. I hope not. Story continues below advertisement While Zoom meetings are useful for sharing data and having a discussion, they are clearly not ideal for actually doing science in the laboratory. The hands-on experience of experimental work…

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  • Online School

    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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  • Jobs

    OPINION: The Minimum Wage Hike Is Already Costing Missouri Jobs, And $15 Will Make It Even Worse | Business

    In the news in recent months, President Biden pledged to enact a nationwide $15 an hour minimum wage. As of January, the minimum wage in Missouri, automatically increased from $9.45/hour to $10.30/hour. This was the result of a measure Missouri voters passed in 2018 titled Proposition B. Proposition B, also known as the “$12 Minimum Wage Initiative” mandated an increase in the minimum wage from $7.85 to $8.60 on January 1, 2019 followed by incremental increases of $0.85 annually until it reaches $12/hour in 2023. This is more than a 50{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} increase in the cost of labor. As with Biden’s pledge, the same concepts apply at the federal level which…

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  • Online School

    OPINION: Online school was hard. Going back will be just as challenging.

    We all know the drill: log onto Zoom, turn in the assignment, repeat. It’s been a long year of online classes with no end in sight, but we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The University of Arizona is promising the return of in-person classes in capacities similar to before the pandemic starting this fall. Even now, classes are returning to the actual classroom all over campus as the university reaches Stage 3 of reentry after the pandemic. Coming back to classes has made me realize just how little I was learning on Zoom, and how hard it is to get back into the swing of…

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  • Jobs

    Opinion | Why the strong jobs report may be bad news for Biden

    These increases occurred before a single dollar of Biden’s stimulus package found its way into Americans’ bank accounts. It follows that increased employment will naturally occur as more pandemic-based capacity controls end, and as more Americans are vaccinated and feel comfortable resuming their pre-pandemic lives. Biden’s $1,400 per-person checks may make those people likelier to spend more, but they won’t change the underlying employment dynamic. That was always being driven by government regulation and social fear. Instead, the new money will likely make Americans more willing to pay more for things they would have bought anyway. There’s a word for that: inflation. Story continues below advertisement This shines a new…

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  • Science

    Opinion: It took a sea and land journey to prove to scientists they were wrong about physics

    What was this precious cargo? A scientific instrument that researchers hoped would shed new light on the field of physics once it reached its new home in a new lab. Eight years later, this equipment has done just that. On Wednesday, a scientific measurement, recorded by this apparatus, was publicly released. This may not sound like much, but this single measurement tells scientists that their theory about what is called the standard model of particle physics is incomplete — and has to be rethought. As counterintuitive as it may seem, this is not bad news. The purpose of science is to seek truth. With this goal in mind, researchers are…

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  • Education

    Opinion | How to Stop Schools That Prey on Veterans

    Congress invited predatory for-profit colleges to bleed military veterans of education aid — and give them nothing in return — when it wrote a loophole into rules that govern how federal student aid streams are classified. It comes as welcome news that the loophole was closed as part of the pandemic recovery bill signed into law this month. Still, there is more that the Biden administration needs to do to protect veterans, and the American public, from companies that earn their profits by stripping students of federal education dollars while giving them valueless degrees. That means reversing, as quickly as possible, Trump-era rules that benefited the for-profit college industry at…

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