LAUSD takes heat for allowing film crew on campus during pandemic-driven school shutdowns

The Los Angeles Unified School District is facing criticism from parents outraged after learning that a group of child actors were allowed to film at an elementary school this week while district officials maintain that the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose too much of a threat for high-needs students to return for in-person instruction. Loads of kids on campus today at Kester Ave. elementary doing a shoot for Apple TV. So it’s unsafe to have kids w/ disabilities on ⁦@LASchools⁩ campuses f...
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Education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona pushes for teacher testing, vaccination in Senate hearing

Secretary of Education nominee Miguel Cardona told senators Wednesday that if confirmed, he will do everything in his power to reopen schools safely and called for prioritizing educators for the vaccine and increasing Covid testing at schools.
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Spam’s new frontier? Now even spinach can send emails

Scientists at MIT have taken the leafy greens online – in the hope they will be able to warn about explosivesName: Spinach.Age: About 2,000 years old, originating, it is said, in Persia. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Science, Technology, Email, Education, Vegetables, Mit, Computing, Mit - Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Persia Continue

When worldviews collide: Why science needs to be taught differently

America's distrust in science in 2021 can be traced back to the separation of science from the humanities that begun with the Enlightenment in 1715.The cold centrality of 'reason above all else' left a spiritual void and created the public perception of scientists as emotionally void, data-crunching machines.The way science is taught at schools today separates scientists and citizens into two tribes. If educators can humanize and contextualize the science they teach, public trust can be restored...
Tags: Politics, Science, Education, America, Earth, Innovation, Cambridge, Biden, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Copernicus, Cosmos, Marcelo Gleiser

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson & Beatles Producer George Martin Break Down “God Only Knows,” the “Greatest Song Ever Written” As an Englishman of a certain age, George Martin could, realistically, choose only one means of conveyance in Los Angeles: a red Coupe de Ville convertible, and a genuine 1950s model at that. But whatever that era’s glories of automobile design, its music was still in the dark ages — at least according to the millions upon millions of Beatles fans around the world today. The pop-cultural revolution that band ignited in the early 1960s owes, by ...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Beach Boys, Los Angeles, Paul Mccartney, Brian Wilson, Brian, Seoul, Wilson, Cadillac, Martin, Facebook Twitter, George Martin, Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club, Colin Marshall

I Dressed Like Winx Club Characters for a Week & Here’s What Happened

This week, in honor of the Netflix show's premiere, I’m dressing like Winx Club characters.
Tags: College, Inspiration, Netflix, Cartoons, Throwback, TV fashion, Winx Club, Winx Club Characters

Edtech valuations aren’t skyrocketing, but investors see more exit opportunities

Less than a year after we put out an initial temperature check survey, it’s clear that specialist investors are even more bullish on edtech. Bears are hard to find right now: the sector, once undercapitalized, has brought in $10 billion in venture capital funding globally in 2020. As investors told us last week, the biggest consumer opportunity in 2021 and beyond is lifelong learning (and portfolio companies have the profits to prove it). But despite edtech’s noise, the second installment of our...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Education, Tech, Vista, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Edtech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, SPAC, Skillsoft, Deborah Quazzo, Owl Ventures

Fears rise that Polish libel trial could threaten future Holocaust research

Case brought in wake of rightwing government criminalising blame of Polish nation for Nazi crimes could have implications for further researchTwo Polish historians are facing a libel trial over a book examining Poles’ behaviour during the second world war, a case whose outcome is expected to determine the future of independent Holocaust research under Poland’s nationalist government.A verdict is expected in Warsaw’s district court on 9 February in the case against Barbara Engelking, a historian ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Education, Law, Germany, Israel, World news, History, Culture, Holocaust, Second world war, Poland, Freedom Of Speech, Nazi, Warsaw, Nazism

How Vaccines Improved Our World In One Graphic

In 1796, the British doctor Edward Jenner developed the first vaccine to fight a contagious disease–in this particular case, the smallpox virus. Since then vaccines have helped eradicate, or firmly control, a long list of diseases–everything from diphtheria and the measles, to rubella and polio. Designed by Leon Farrant in 2011, the infographic above reminds us of the miracles brought by vaccines, showing the degree to which they’ve tamed 14 crippling diseases. Before too long, we hope COVID-1...
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The Bauhaus Chess Set Where the Form of the Pieces Artfully Show Their Function (1922)

Learning to play chess first necessitates learning how each piece moves. This is hardly the labor of Hercules, to be sure, though it does come down to pure memorization, unaided by any verbal or visual cues. Does the name “pawn,” after all, sound particularly like something that can only step forward? And what about the shape of the knight suggests the shape of the knight’s move? The form of a chess piece, in other words, doesn’t follow its function — and under certain sets of aesthetic princip...
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10 Things in Politics: What Sen. Patrick Leahy's health scare shows

Sen. Patrick Leahy Alex Wong/Getty Images Good morning! Thank you for joining us for our first week of 10 Things in Politics. I'm Brent Griffiths. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox each day.Send me your tips, thoughts to [email protected] or tweet me @BrentGriffiths. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden paid their respects last night to slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed during the Capitol riot. Sicknick will continue to lie in honor in the...
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Decades of progress on extreme poverty now in reverse due to Covid

Analysis: The pandemic, combined with the climate crisis and crippling debt burdens, has led to an ‘unprecedented increase’ in poverty, experts warnTwo decades of progress in the reduction of extreme poverty, the elimination of which is one of the sustainable development goals, have been pushed into a sharp reverse by a combination of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the growing climate emergency and increasing debt.With the World Bank warning of a “truly unprecedented increase” in levels of...
Tags: Education, World news, Poverty, Hunger, Social exclusion, Global development, World Bank, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's rights and gender equality, Coronavirus

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