• Online School

    Adventist Review Online | Adventists in Russia Launch Online School

    September 13, 2021 Accredited institution is connecting students from across the Federation. By: West Russian Union Conference, Euro-Asia Division, and Adventist Review A new Christian online school organized by the Department of Education of the West Russian Union Conference (WRUC) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church opened its virtual doors on September 1, 2021.  The Istok school differs from traditional schools in that students never come to a building, and the school virtually comes to their home through computers and mobile devices. This type of training has its advantages: no need to waste time on the road, carry a heavy backpack, or be afraid of bad weather. The school consists of online classes…

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  • Education

    DeSantis Vetoes Civic Education Bill Passed Unanimously After ‘National Review’ Op-Ed

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis shocked his fellow members of the Republican party when he vetoed a bill that this week would have established a more robust practicum for Florida high schoolers to learn about civics. The “civic literacy education” bill (SB 146), introduced by Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg, easily passed the state’s House and Senate with unanimous support from both parties and was expected to be signed by DeSantis Tuesday. Instead, DeSantis said in a veto statement obtained by Newsweek, “The proposed bill seeks to further so-called ‘action civics’ but does so in a way that risks promoting the preferred orthodoxy of two particular institutions.” “I don’t understand…

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    Social-Justice Coursework Miseducates Kids | National Review

    (Chris Ryan/Getty Images) Increasingly popular curricula don’t just miseducate our kids. They prepare them poorly for adulthood. A parent, Ndona Muboyayi, recently told Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic the following story about her son: “My son has wanted to be a lawyer since he was 11. Then one day he came home and told me, ‘But Mommy, there are these systems put in place that prevent Black people from accomplishing anything.’ That’s what they’re teaching Black kids: that all of this time for the past 400 years, this is what [white people have] done to you and your people. The narrative is, ‘You can’t get ahead.’” Such stories are becoming…

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    Year in Review: Five non-pandemic education stories to watch as they continue to develop

    Last March, all of Minnesota’s public schools pivoted to remote learning to finish out the school year. Gov. Tim Walz passed an executive order directing this unprecedented move as part of the state’s early response to COVID-19.  At that point, many were still holding out hope that a full return to in-person instruction might be possible. In late-July, Walz announced that each school district would take the lead on its back-to-school format, while also developing contingency plans.  From that point on, much of the education news cycle has been dominated by school format decisions and the controversies surrounding them — a long list that includes parents overwhelmed by supporting their students…

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  • Science

    Year in review: Science and technology – Going viral | Science & technology

    Covid-19 dominated the scientific news. But other stories mattered, too Dec 31st 2020 ON JANUARY 19TH 2019 The Economist published a story about plans that were being laid for a rapid response to “Disease X”. The idea was to develop a technological platform which could be tailored quickly to the specifics of any as-yet-unknown pathogen, in order to create a new vaccine against it within months. One of the leading approaches used genetic messenger molecules called mRNA. A year to the week later, Disease X turned up. China’s authorities admitted to the world that, the previous month, doctors in Wuhan had noticed cases of illness caused by a novel coronavirus.…

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    Surveillance Self-Defense and Security Education: Year in Review 2020

    As the world rapidly changed in 2020, new threats arose to our digital security. The shift to online education and the wave of police brutality protests brought new avenues for surveillance, so EFF created new resources to help people protect themselves. EFF maintains a repository of self-help resources for fighting back against surveillance across a variety of different platforms, devices, and threat models. We call it Surveillance Self-Defense, or SSD for short.  SSD covers myriad topics, and is broken up into four main sections: Basics: Overviews on what digital surveillance is and how you can fight it. Tool Guides: Step-by-step tutorials on installing and using privacy and security tools. Further…

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    Book review of Bedeviled A Shadow History of Demons in Science by Jimena Canales

    To test the strength of his position, Descartes imagined the workings of an evil entity — a malignum genium, or evil genius — capable of creating an entirely illusory but completely convincing artificial world. Someone ensnared by Descartes’ malevolent being is bound to question external reality — and even their own body — since, theoretically, the sky’s color or the warmth of one’s skin could be deceptions devised by this demon. Although its powers appeared absolute, Descartes’ demon couldn’t corrode all sources of certainty. Since this “genius” needed a target for its tricks — an underlying consciousness that could be deceived in the first place — its victims could at…

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