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Five Orange County Schools Honored With Blue Ribbon Awards

Five schools in Orange County have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for the year 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education. Ethan B. Allen Elementary School in Fountain Valley, Laguna Road Elementary School in Fullerton, Mariners Christian School in Costa Mesa, Red Hill Lutheran…

New Data Suggests Very Low Risk of CCP Virus Infection in K-12 Schools

Despite concerns of major CCP virus outbreaks in reopened K-12 school buildings, a new Brown University study suggests a very low risk of transmission among teachers and students who return to in-person instruction. Researchers at Brown University on Wednesday released their first set of data…

RBG’s Greatest Insight

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s time on the Court was often characterized as a pitched battle between the principles of equality and individual liberty. Conservative majorities have tended to elevate individual autonomy rights over equal treatment and equal opportunity in our politics, our workplaces, and our…

OC Districts Proceed With Caution After Schools Allowed To Reopen

Beginning on Sept. 22, schools throughout Orange County, California, will no longer be required to apply for a waiver to reopen for in-person learning. The county received approval on Sept. 8 to reopen all schools two weeks later after meeting the state’s requirement for improving…

The Big Ten Just Followed the Money

The coronavirus pandemic is still ravaging America, just as it was in August, when the college presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten Conference decided against playing football in the fall. The only thing that’s changed is that the same leaders now feel far more…

The American Government Gave Up on Reality

Alexander Hamilton and his colleagues wrote 85 separate essays to make their case that Americans should take a risk and ratify the 1787 Constitution. Three sentences into the very first of those Federalist Papers, Hamilton made clear that he knew full well the stakes of…

Even the Coronavirus Can’t Kill the SAT and ACT

Over the summer, more than 400 colleges decided to stop requiring the SAT or the ACT for admissions, because the pandemic had made taking the tests (or even finding a location to take them) so difficult. Some institutions, such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, said…

COVID-19 Cases Rise in Canada, Schools to Put Pressure on Testing System

TORONTO/VANCOUVER—Canada’s three biggest provinces are seeing a pick-up in new COVID-19 cases, as officials do little to slow the virus beyond urging people to be more careful, and doctors warn school reopenings will boost demand for testing. The country reported no deaths for one day…

Millions return to school in Italy after closure

Millions of Italian children returned to the classroom on Monday as most schools reopened more than six months after they were closed to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Although some Italian schools opened earlier this month, roughly 5.6 million students from a total of eight million…

Listen: Is Faster Better?

The federal government is telling states to prepare for a vaccine as early as November. But a major trial has been put on hold. On this episode of Social Distance, James Hamblin and Katherine Wells look to staff writer Sarah Zhang for answers—and updates on…

College Leaders Should Have Seen This Coming

On August 16, dozens upon dozens of students wrap around the barrier in front of Gallettes, a local haunt in Tuscaloosa. It’s the end of formal sorority recruitment at the University of Alabama. One student smirks; his eyes are covered by sunglasses, but no mask…

Celebrating Neurodiversity in the Classroom

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

What Makes a Good Preschool Education

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

Learning From Black Educators

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

The Sport That’s Like Playing in a Jazz Quartet

The new NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock is now offering the documentary A Most Beautiful Thing as a free feature. (Details here.) Last week I wrote about the movie, and its surprising timeliness and power, in this article. The film, based on a memoir by Arshay…

Trump Admin Unlikely to Grant States Another Waiver for Standardized Tests

States should not expect federally-mandated standardized tests to be waived like they were in the spring, as the CCP virus pandemic interrupted education plans, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said. In March, the U.S. Department of Education granted waivers to all 50 states, the District…

Willpower Is Not Going to Be Enough

College students are being invited back onto campus after a summer of isolation and confinement, with strict instructions to stay apart. School officials, pleading with students to treat their new autonomy gingerly, are leaning hard on shame to get compliance. The president of Penn State…

Mexican, South Korean schools highlight virus woes

Millions of South Korean students were ordered back to online classes Tuesday and Mexico launched a nationwide televised schooling program, highlighting the deepening crisis for children as the coronavirus pandemic drags into a ninth month. The school closures were part of new measures in many…

Seoul schools go back online over virus fears

South Korea on Tuesday ordered all schools and kindergartens in the greater Seoul region – home to half the country’s 52 million population – to switch to online classes as they battle multiple coronavirus clusters. The country’s “trace, test and treat” approach to curbing the…

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