Rainer Sabin: If he thinks Michigan football has been close to a national title, Jim Harbaugh is delusional
Earlier this month, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh offered a proposal that would reform college football, liberate student-athletes, and give players across the country the freedom to enter the NFL draft at any point while in school.Presenting his plan in a letter that his public relations staff disseminated to various media outlets, he yearned to be taken seriously.As the coach at one of the nation’s most recognized programs, Harbaugh sees himself as an influencer who can use his prominent post and name recognition to generate support for the ideas he espouses.His advocacy of the one-time transfer r...
Detroit Free Press
Single mothers hit hard by job losses
Christine Strong couldn’t take it anymore.Four weeks of fruitless struggle with a state unemployment website. Bills piling up. Two small children who needed mothering and teaching, all in the confines of a one-bedroom apartment in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Strong’s bed broke. Her son’s bicycle broke, depriving him of his only recreation. Her aging mother, also living with Strong, kept getting confused and trying to walk off by herself without a mask.“I had a lot of fear,” Strong said. The 46-year-old lost her job as a customer service representative and cleaner for a train service for cruise ship p...
'Everyone is overwhelmed.' A teacher struggles to engage her students via distant learning
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kimberli Heck counts the students she’s connected with online since distance learning began: seven students out of a class of 26, and 34 students out of a class of 36.The English and history teacher at Winston Churchill Middle School in Carmichael has been teaching her classes online since April 13, exactly one month after schools abruptly closed in March at the start of the coronavirus outbreak.“Some students treat this time like it’s summer, but there are also a lot of parents who are just overwhelmed,” Heck said. “Everyone is overwhelmed.”Distance learning has proven to...
The Sacramento Bee
Childhood obesity rates could increase if schools stay closed through December, study finds
ST. LOUIS — The past few years have shown signs that alarmingly high childhood obesity rates in the U.S. may finally be stabilizing. But that may change if school closures continue into December, according to a new study by Washington University.The childhood obesity rate may increase 2.4% — equal to 1.27 million children — if school closures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus continue into December, according to the study recently published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science.“The harsh reality is, for the coming months or longer, the majority of children in the U.S. may not full...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
'Complete player' Blake Corum an explosive addition to Michigan's backfield
While Blake Corum’s speed might be the first thing that attracts notice on the football field, there’s a completeness to his game that his high school coach says separates him.Corum is the four-star running back out of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland, who enrolled early at Michigan this year full of promise. Spring football was canceled as the campus suspended all activities and like players across the country, he’s back home working out.Corum joins a running back room that includes Zach Charbonnet, Hassan Haskins, Christian Turner and senior Ch...
The Detroit News
High school dropout at 15. Community college at 22. Now, he's Princeton-bound. How?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Asked what he intended to do after dropping out of E.E. Waddell High School in Charlotte at age 15, Christopher St. Hilaire doesn’t even flinch before providing an explanation.“My plan was to play video games, eat fast food, and do that till like 3, 4 in the morning. Every single day. All the time,” he recalls.Maybe it was in his blood. Not the part about being a couch potato, but rather the idea that getting even a halfway-decent education simply wasn’t important.After all, his father had skipped out of secondary school while growing up on the tiny island of Domenica in the ...
The Charlotte Observer
Q&A: Mental health tips for handling the pandemic
Week after week, the coronavirus lockdown has caused growing stress and anxiety as social connections and routines are broken and re-arranged.Santa Clara University psychology professor Thomas Plante has been a close observer of the psychological burdens mounting on the community: distracted students, struggling patients, and others interrupting therapy to shelter in place and hoping things don’t get worse.Plante has a small private practice in addition to his university and research responsibilities. Plante and his wife, Lori, also a psychologist, have been treating patients remotely. It’s be...
The Mercury News
Has COVID-19 worsened or improved Jamaican family dynamics?
A Jamaican mother feeds her toddler. Photo by Carlotta Tofani on Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0.Worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a slowing down of economic activity. In Jamaica, the mainstay tourism industry has taken a hard hit, with the sector expected to lose billions of dollars. Agriculture suffered due to disruptions in food systems and other businesses have experienced pay cuts and layoffs.Jamaica's Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) — a conditional cash transfer (CCT) programme — acts as a cushion for many low-income families, who are particularly vulnera...
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District apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ question about slavery in S.C. students’ homeworkCOLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina school district is apologizing for a fourth-grade social studies assignment meant to teach students about slavery after complaints from parents.The eLearning worksheet, assigned to all fourth-grade students in the Richland 1 school district, asked students to “write a journal entry responding to the following prompt: choose to be a slave or a slave owner. Write a journal entry that describes your daily activities before the Civil War.”The worksheet was created as part of t...
Tribune News Service
District apologizes for 'inappropriate' question about slavery in S.C. students' homework
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina school district is apologizing for a fourth-grade social studies assignment meant to teach students about slavery after complaints from parents.The eLearning worksheet, assigned to all fourth-grade students in the Richland 1 school district, asked students to “write a journal entry responding to the following prompt: choose to be a slave or a slave owner. Write a journal entry that describes your daily activities before the Civil War.”The worksheet was created as part of the district’s remote learning, which was brought on by the coronavirus.The question was i...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)