• Education

    Public Education Is Set Up to Fail in the Pandemic

    A father and son walk past P3 321 in New York City following the Phase 4 reopening. (Alexi Rosenfeld / Getty Images) Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Thank you for signing up for The Nation’s weekly newsletter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Sign up for our Wine Club today. Did you know you can support The…

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  • Online School

    At least 11 new online schools set to serve students next year

    Update: This story originally listed the Jefferson County School District’s online school alongside others set to continue their programs into next school year. A district employee said Thursday that will not happen.   At least 11 Idaho school districts are set to either start up or continue their fledgling online schools next school year, according to numbers from the State Department of Education. Online learning programs popped up in public schools this school year in efforts to educate kids remotely amid a pandemic. In January, a handful of districts signaled plans to let their online programs live on, post pandemic. The latest SDE numbers show which districts have taken steps to…

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  • Online School

    Online forums set for Erie, Millcreek hopefuls

    The races for the Erie and Millcreek school boards are going virtual. The Erie County Council PTA is holding Zoom forums for the candidates in both school districts. The council is made up of a group of 14 PTAs in three school districts: Erie, Millcreek and General McLane. The council and the member PTAs work together on child advocacy issues. Overview:Primary election 2021: Voters will have rare choices to make for local school boards The Erie Chapter of the League of Women Voters is co-sponsoring the candidate forums, the council said. Erie School Board The Zoom forum for the Erie school director candidates will be shown live on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Members of the public…

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  • Home Schooling

    How the smart set is tackling homeschooling

    Alexandra Tolstoy’s children during their homeschooling Instagram: @alexandratolstoy After Boris Johnston’s announcement delaying the return of schools until March, the urge for society’s homeschooling parents to dial up prestigious agencies for extra-curricular help was all too tempting. Are you one of these panicked parents? If so, you are not alone – The Times reported that some parents are paying up to £1,500 a week on private tutors since the beginning of the pandemic. It seems the desire for additional support alongside homeschooling has also seen the return of the Victorian aristocrat’s necessity – the governess. Gazing across society’s go-to household staff agency Greycoat Lumleys’ website you will be met with…

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  • Science

    Lizard-like tuatara’s extra set of genes may help them tolerate cold

    The lizard-like tuatara already was an oddball. Its superpowers include a century-long lifespan, resistance to many diseases and a unique tolerance (for a reptile) to the cold. Now, it turns out, a part of the animal’s genetic instruction book is as weird as its life history — and may help explain its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Tuatara have two distinct copies of the genetic instruction manual for making mitochondria, researchers report January 29 in Communications Biology. “It’s the first evidence of a full additional copy of the mitochondrial genome in a vertebrate,” says Chris Schneider, a herpetologist at Boston University not involved in the study.  Other vertebrates have only…

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  • Science

    Anti-science movement set up US for worse pandemic, infectious disease expert says

    “An anti-science disinformation campaign of unprecedented magnitude and led by both multinational corporations and some governments, especially the Russian and US Governments, fuels the pandemic,” Hotez, dean for the National School for Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, wrote in the journal Plos Biology. “Although President Trump did not win reelection and the new Biden administration has vowed to mount an evidence-based pandemic strategy, the anti-science pursuits of the Trump White House and Coronavirus Task Force have caused serious harm,” Hotez wrote. The essay comes as the US races to try to get a majority of Americans vaccinated by the end of the summer, an endeavor that depends…

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  • Exchange Student

    Internationalisation goal set to be missed, says report

    SWEDEN The goal set for 2025 of ensuring that at least one in every four Swedish students has studied abroad by the time they graduate will be missed unless the Ministry of Education and Research and higher education institutions take stronger action, a new report says. Commissioned by Swedish International Students and Alumni (SISA) and Swedes Worldwide (SVIV), which between them serve 660,000 Swedes working, studying and living abroad, the report says the government’s internationalisation report, published in 2018, has been left to gather dust and is not being acted upon by the ministry of most higher education institutions. As a result, the proportion of Swedish students studying abroad for…

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