Bob Wojnowski: Big Ten football shouldn't pull the plug, just yet
It may seem inevitable, that the pandemic will outflank football and the college season will be lost. It would be the safe, easy call for the Big Ten, to shut it down as the Mid-American Conference did, as some health experts are recommending, and revisit it in the spring.The tough call is to wait a bit longer, to keep testing and learning. I’d make the tough call, for now, and push ahead. I don’t quite understand the rush to finality. More and more players are publicly pleading to play, amid only scattered virus outbreaks inside programs. Schedules were revised and protocols put in place prec...
The Detroit News
Michael Cunningham: College football still is clear underdog vs. COVID-19
ATLANTA — Expressing concern or skepticism about playing games during a pandemic can lead to allegations that one is rooting for sports to fail. That’s usually an emotional response to inconvenient facts, or a plot point in an imagined political conspiracy. It’s also beside the point because COVID-19 will have the final say on sports no matter what anyone wishes to happen.There are some scattered signs for hope that team sports can coexist safely with COVID-19. Most of it is inside the so-called bubbles of basketball, soccer and hockey. Baseball seemed to be recovering until a positive test le...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia school district lifts suspensions of 2 students after photos of crowded hallway went viral
ATLANTA — A student suspended this week after posting a now-viral photo of a packed hallway at her school had her punishment lifted Friday, and so did another student.The Paulding County School District made the announcement Friday afternoon, acknowledging the “significant national interest” in what it called “the issue” at North Paulding High School.By then, sophomore Hannah Watters, 15, had already revealed on Twitter that her suspension had been rescinded. She had been suspended after taking a photograph Tuesday of a hallway that looked as crowded as any before the coronavirus pandemic, wit...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
‘Wiki Loves Africa’ 2020 features images of a continent on the move
“My Homeland,” photo by Mohammed Yousry, Lake Burullus, Egypt, February 23, 2019, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.A quick search for images from or about Africa on Google often drudges up reductive, cliché and exploitative images of a monolithic continent in perpetual despair.Wiki in Africa, a South African-based nonprofit founded in 2016, aims to diversify the “single story of Africa” that Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie lamented in her renowned 2009 TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story.” Their founders asked:By 2020, Africa’s community of mobile users is expected to swell to 725 mil...
Cuomo says all NY school districts can reopen, but must get specific plans approved by state
NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the green light to reopen every New York state school district this fall — if they first earn passing grades from the state Health and Education departments.“We are probably in the best situation in the country right now,” Cuomo said in a Friday conference call with reporters. “If anybody can open schools, we can open schools and that’s true for every region in the state.”The gubernatorial go-ahead still requires approval of each district’s specific plans from state Health and Education officials before students return to class for the first time since schools...
New York Daily News
Another Australian university criticized for censoring voices supporting Hong Kong's human rights
The University of New South Wales received criticism for removing an article calling out the decline of human rights in Hong Kong. Photo from Flickr page of Sompop S (CC BY 2.0)In the latest of a string of incidents sparking national debate over undue Chinese influence on Australian university campuses, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) was criticized for its decision to delete an article published on its website that urges the international community to put pressure on China to “wind back recent infringements on human rights in Hong Kong”. The article was written by a member of UNSW's ...
5 alternative school options parents are weighing as more districts opt for remote learning
CHICAGO — Laura Reber, founder and CEO of Chicago Home Tutors, has been fielding calls from nervous parents around the clock in recent weeks, as uncertainty over fall schooling sent many searching for alternative options.Reber, whose firm of 100 tutors has served Chicago-area students for eight years, said she understands parents’ frustrations. Her reassurances to them focus on the fact that, while it might not be an ideal year for education, their students — and their peers across the country — will get through it.“The whole nation is going to be in the same boat,” she said. “Not that that’s ...
Thinking of home schooling? Here's how to do it
Families across the U.S. will be getting yet another taste of home schooling this fall, as many school districts opt for some degree of remote learning due to risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.But others are thinking about untethering from traditional schools altogether, adopting their own, more flexible curricula that can be better adapted to parents’ schedules and children’s needs.Indeed, interest in home schooling — which first gained traction among religious families over the past few decades — has spiked since the pandemic began. Taking responsibility for your children’s education, how...
Calif. student social experiment goes terribly wrong in 'Invisible Line'
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The subject was the Nazi regime.Yet, a classroom full of students at the old Cubberley High School in Palo Alto in 1967 were having a hard time understanding how German people could have possibly accepted and endorsed the horrific plans and actions of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis leading up to and during World War II.So, their history teacher Ron Jones organized a class project designed to demonstrate the appeal of fascism.And the resulting social experiment — known as “The Third Wave” — would go very, very wrong.“I should never have carried out the experiment and put my class...
The Mercury News
Diane Bell: San Diego-area colleges are going to pot
Higher education is getting even higher.The legalization of marijuana for medicinal use in 33 states and for recreational use in 11, including California, is giving birth to a cannabis cottage industry and with it a new educational field.Last August, the University of California, Davis, known for its agricultural curriculum, added a Cannabis and Hemp Research Center that assembled experts in marijuana law, business, cultivation, medicine, psychiatry and veterinary treatment. It also offers courses in hemp breeding, seed production, genetics and pharmacology.Tiny Pacific College of Health and S...
The San Diego Union-Tribune