Educators, parents, students, legislatures, anybody concerned about the health of children desire to know if it is safe for schools to reopen. The answers vary according to location, size of school, grade level, and who is asked. There exist no absolute answers.
In today's socioeconomic climate, there are many things that I am learning as an adult that should have been taught to me from my first day of kindergarten. The alarming thing is that a lot of these things are still being taught to even my kids. The education system in the U.S. is tremendously flawed, especially in the subjects of science and history. With that, I'll begin.
Amid the sweeping Black Lives Matter movement, many things have come to the forefront as public knowledge—one of those things being that systematic racism is widely recognized and acknowledged. The black community knows it stands at a disadvantage due to how this country built itself from the ground up and white people are finally starting to see the destruction this has caused within our communities. This current Black Lives Matter movement is the most widely supported movement for non-whites in the history of the United States. This is a significant stepping stone for us. We need to take advantage of it.
I’m just one of millions of Americans currently still unemployed and depending on the federal and state government (New York in my case) to keep me afloat during this pandemic. I used to spend my days teaching English to immigrant and refugee students at a local community college and doing freelance ESL and volunteering immigration assistance on the side. On the weekends, I was a wine consultant at a local wine and liquor store. These days, I spend my time cringe-watching CNN, meticulously checking my bank account, creating worst-case-scenario budgets for the month ahead, job hunting, and drinking copious amounts of wine.
UNESCO states that the amount of students that are absent in schools globally due to the COVID-19 virus is “unparalleled”. Having an impact on almost 290 million students across the globe.
In January of this year it was revealed that the number of homicides across the United Kingdom had fallen for the first time in 5 years. Yet the perception remains that, as a nation, we face a growing threat from violent crime and in particular from knife crime. It's a perception that evokes strong reaction, especially when the human cost of carrying a weapon hits home in our communities. Even a single life lost due to carrying a knife is one life too many.
To Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce:
As soon as she was appointed to the government post of U.S. Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos (pictured) stoked an abundance of fear into the hearts of middle and lower-class American parents who are reliant on the public school system.
The Czech Republic has dropped in this year’s global ranking of press freedom all the way to the 40th position, which represents another six-spot decline since the year 2018. The country has an index score of 24.89, which is still constituting a marginally satisfactory situation, but in the opinion of some Czech journalists, also a significant step back.
America’s fourth and eighth graders are losing ground in their ability to read literature and academic texts, according to a rigorous national assessment released last week. The National Center of Educational Statistics, the research arm of the Department of Education, found that two out of three children did not meet standards for reading proficiency.