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...
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
Day care chain Bright Horizons buys Sittercity as parents scramble for child care and tutoring during pandemic
With families scrambling to figure out child care options for kids attending school remotely this fall, day care company Bright Horizons announced it is purchasing Sittercity, an online platform that matches people with providers.Bright Horizons said the partnership will help it fill the wide range of new child care needs families are facing as a growing list of workplaces and schools delay plans to return to offices and classrooms during the pandemic.“With the child care strain families have been experiencing the last five months paired with the prospect of remote learning, this acquisition w...
Another COVID-19 inequity: Low-income and rural communities lack access to ICU beds, study finds
PHILADELPHIA — A new study provides another reason why the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately killing people from low-income communities: Residents in these areas often lack access to intensive care unit beds, showing how patients’ ZIP codes can affect whether they get lifesaving care.Intensive care units, or critical care units, are essential to providing life support for coronavirus patients who are so sick, they must be put on ventilators so they can breathe.Since the pandemic started, there have been shortages of ICU beds in parts of the United States, including some urban areas. B...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Strict guidelines anticipated as UGA braces for Georgia football season
There haven’t been any games at the University of Georgia for six months and won’t be for at least another seven weeks. Nevertheless, Claude Felton has stayed busy.Among other things, the Georgia Bulldogs’ longtime sports communications director has been taking measurements. You don’t get to be a Hall of Famer in your vocation without paying attention to details, and Felton has been doing that. He and his staff are trying to determine exactly how many reporters and photographers could be in the press box of Sanford Stadium and along the sidelines of Vince Dooley Field while adhering to social-...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
University of Texas students' idea: Carving images on the moon
AUSTIN, Texas — Want to leave a message on the moon’s surface?A group of University of Texas students have a vision that could — at least in theory — make that a possibility someday.The 10 UT engineering students devised a business plan to turn the idea into a moneymaker — and won awards for it at a NASA competition.They pitched and provided the plan for building a rover that would carve messages or images onto the moon and capture pictures of those etchings, which in turn could be used for merchandising. While not visible from Earth, the etchings are intended to be permanent, the students sai...
Virtual learning means unequal learning
WASHINGTON — Karen Reyes, who teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Austin, Texas, worries about her first-grade pupils who will be learning online this fall. She’s concerned that virtual learning is harder for younger, special needs children, especially those who may not have as much support at home as students in more affluent communities.“It has brought out a lot of the inequities in our district, especially in special education,” Reyes said of the distance learning program.In her school, 93% of the students are considered economically disadvantaged, according to a city estimate.“Eit...
Balancing Act: As the coronavirus rages, families are left to decide how — not whether — it will affect their kids' right to an education
Friday is decision day for Chicago Public Schools families.With a bare-bones understanding of the two options, parents and guardians are instructed to opt into one of two learning models for the first quarter: a hybrid model that has most students clustered into small pods in school buildings two days per week and learning remotely the other three days, or 100% remote learning that has them … 100% remote learning. We don’t have any more details about the second model — last we heard they’ll arrive “soon.”I spent the weekend, like so many families, reading everything I could get my hands on to ...
Mark Zeigler: It's time for college sports to tell athletes take it or leave it
Eventually, and that moment draws nearer by the day, college athletic administrators need to make a choice:Are they going to continue backpedaling, or are they going to make a tackle?Are they going to stand up and stand by their product?Is enough ever going to be enough?Because apparently college athletes – or at least college football players – aren’t going to stop asking for more even as they receive concession after concession. The latest group with its hand out is Pac-12 football players, who issued a lengthy list of “demands” Sunday with the threat of boycotting the season.Here’s a sugges...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pac-12 football player group including UW Huskies Joe Tryon and Ty Jones presents list of demands, threatens to opt out of 2020 season
A group that claims to represent “hundreds of Pac-12 football players” distributed a news release on Sunday that includes a set of demands surrounding health and safety protections; the fight against racial injustice; the preservation of all existing Pac-12 sports; extended healthcare; name, image and likeness rights; and revenue sharing within the conference.If its demands are not met, the group — dubbed the “College Football Player Opt-Out Movement,” according to the news release — has threatened not to participate in practices or games.Two University of Washington football players — redshir...
The Seattle Times