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Priti Patel to unveil details of post-Brexit immigration plans Home secretary will announce the biggest overhaul of the UK system in decades

The home secretary is to unveil further detail on the future of immigration in the UK on Monday in an attempt to prepare businesses and organisations for the biggest overhaul of the system in decades.

The Home Office has previously revealed the core principles behind the forthcoming points-based system, which is meant to be introduced when the transition period from leaving the European Union ends on 1 January. Under the system, UK borders will be closed to so-called non-skilled workers and applicants will be have to show a greater understanding of English.

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The Muppets Sing the First Act of Hamilton

Here's the cast:

Alexander Hamilton - Kermit the Frog
Aaron Burr - The Great Gonzo
Eliza Schuyler - Miss Piggy
Marquis de LaFozette - Fozzie Bear
George Washington - Sam the Eagle
Angelica Schuyler - Camilla the Chicken
John Laurens - Beaker
Hercules Mulligan - Rowlf the Dog
King George III - Animal
Peggy Schuyler - Janice
Samuel Seabury - The Swedish Chef
Charles Lee - Elmo
Congressional Delegates - Floyd and Zoot
Crazy Patriot - Crazy Harry
Statler and Waldorf - Themselves

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How to Reopen Schools: What Science and Other Countries Teach Us Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:24:11 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Education Research Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Children and Childhood Education (K-12 Shutdowns (Institutional Your-feed-science Your-feed-healthcare Coronavirus (2019-nCoV Coronavirus Reopenings Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns School names latest target in effort to account for racist legacies of historical figures Michael Chwe was surprised – and motivated to act.

The UCLA economics professor received his bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, and remembers well the reverence for Robert A. Millikan, a renowned physicist and the university’s first president, around campus.

The Nobel Prize recipient, Chwe said, represented a sort of demigod.

But then, the current racial justice movement sprang up, in the wake of the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd. And Chwe, through various conversations, learned that Millikan was a leader in the Human Betterment Society – which actively promoted sterilizing people with disabilities.

Millikan, whose name adorns several Caltech buildings and who has a bust dedicated to him on campus, was an ardent proponent of eugenics and supporter of Nazi Germany.

“It wasn’t just that he believed in eugenics,” Chwe said, “but he was a member of a group that actively promoted it. They took pride and communicated with the Nazis.”

Chwe knew he had to act. He created an online petition calling for Caltech to remove Millikan’s name from “all buildings, spaces, and programs,” as well as the bust of him. The petition – which also demands Caltech stop honoring fellow eugenicists E.S. Gosney, A.B. Ruddock, Harry Chandler and William Munro – is just shy of 1,000 signatures.

Caltech administrators, for their part, say they created a task force to study and advise on the school policies toward naming buildings.

“We take seriously the concerns raised by members of our community on this matter,” said university spokesperson Kathy Svitil.

The engraved legacy of Millikan at Caltech, however, represents a nationwide call by Black activists and others for society to reexamine which historical figures the country lauds, create a more comprehensive understanding of these past leaders’ beliefs and attitudes, and an understanding of how monuments, eponymously named buildings and other symbols honoring them underpins systemic racism.

California schools and universities have been among the targets.

From San Juan Capistrano, in south Orange County, to major Southern California cities such as Los Angeles and Long Beach – and even as far north as Berkeley – education officials have faced campaigns to rename schools dedicated to slaveholders, Spanish colonials and eugenicists.

“It is not possible for Caltech to retain the names of Millikan, Ruddock, Chandler, Munro, and Gosney on its campus and claim moral decency,” Chwe’s petition says. “If Caltech does not act, it admits to being comfortable with lower moral standards than (other) institutions.”

But some people have argued that the effort to expunge historical figures from buildings has gone too far.

Take, for example, Long Beach’s Wilson High School.

That campus, part of the Long Beach Unified School District, is named for President Woodrow Wilson.

Wilson’s legacy, historians say, is checkered: He backed the Ku Klux Klan and screened in the White House “The Birth of a Nation,” a film that, while revolutionary from a cinematic perspective, presents a revisionist history of the Civil War and early Reconstruction Era.

But when Jon Meyer, an LBUSD school board member, heard of a petition calling for Wilson High to get a name change, he was conflicted.

Meyer graduated from Wilson and met his wife there. His father was part of the first graduating class.

“I completely understand the Black Lives Matter movement and this nationwide thrust to get rid of anything that was tainted by racism in the past,” Meyer said. “I understand that, but to some extent, it’s a little misguided.”

Meyer said he supports removing statues of Confederates, such as former Vice President John C. Calhoun, but questioned how far the country should go.

“What about (President Thomas) Jefferson, (President George) Washington and others? It gets more complicated,” he said. “Rather than attack the name of a high school, let’s build a plan where we charge forward from this day and try to make our world better.”

But Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, said it’s especially egregious for racially diverse school districts to pay homage to those who perpetuated and condoned racism and oppression.

That includes, Hutchinson said, LBUSD, which also has a Millikan High — named after the Caltech physicist — and a Jordan High School, which honors David Starr Jordan, the first president of Stanford University and a known proponent of human sterilization.

“To have (Wilson’s) name on a high school in Long Beach with a near-majority of Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and students of color,” Hutchinson said, “is a travesty and insult to a diverse city such as Long Beach.”

Hutchinson said America is currently undergoing a reckoning over who the country honors – and schools, which educate the future of America, should be at the forefront.

“The line should be drawn by expunging their names from these schools,” Hutchinson said.

Questions remain, however, about how much momentum there is at specific schools and districts to change the names.

The Wilson High petition does have more than 3,000 signatures. But it’s unclear how many of the signatories are local.

And at an LBUSD school board meeting last month, few people during public comment – relative to the total number of speakers – discussed changing the name of Wilson. And of those who did, most favored keeping the names.

“We understand both sides and we understand the importance of symbolism,” district spokesperson Chris Eftychiou said. “That’s one of the reasons we have changed school names in the past. The question is, how far do we want” to go?

The creator of the Wilson High petition did not respond to requests for comment.

LBUSD has, in fact, changed school names in the past, as Eftychiou said. In 2014, the district changed Peter H. Burnett Elementary School, named after the first governor of California and a known racist, to Bobbie Smith Elementary, honoring the school district’s first Black board member. Two years later, it changed the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary to Olivia Herrera Elementary, a well-liked local educator.

But the district has no plans, at the moment, to rename its high schools – though Long Beach City Councilman Rex Richardson, who is Black, has suggested naming the school after another Jordan, such as musician Louis Jordan, civil rights leader Barbara Jordan or basketball legend Michael Jordan.

In San Juan Capistrano, administrators at JSerra Catholic High School have also said they will stick to the name – despite recent controversies surrounding Junipero Serra.

Serra founded the California missions in the 18th century, but also facilitated Spanish colonialism and Native American persecution.

The school, which unveiled a statue of Serra in 2018 on the third anniversary of his canonization, recently had to work with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to prevent potential vandalism, after other Serra statues in California were toppled.

JSerra teaches students the entire legacy of its namesake, school President Rich Meyer said  — good and bad. Ultimately, he said he believes, Serra’s legacy is that he “gave his heart to the people of California.”

“It’s with great pride we bear Father Serra’s name,” Rich Meyer said. “We are not going to shy away from who we are.”

Other school districts, meanwhile, acted quickly to excise the names of controversial figures.

In Berkeley, for example, the school board recently voted to change the names of Washington and Jefferson elementary schools because both men owned slaves.

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And Fullerton High School recently changed the name of Plummer Auditorium. Its namesake, Louis Plummer — a former Fullerton Joint Union School District superintendent — reportedly had ties to the KKK.

Yet, other school districts have taken a more methodical approach.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is looking at what to do with its Jordan High School.

“We have people looking at these areas, as well as other ways we can directly address the issue of systemic bias and institutional racism,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said recently as he addressed issues with campus policing. “This moment cannot be about more words and false promises. It has to be about real change based on logic, reason and genuine engagement.”

Caltech, with its newly created task force, recently held a virtual town hall to discuss removing the names of Millikan and his brethren.

“We are committed to building upon these conversations,” Svitil said, “and to seizing this moment to take direct steps toward a campus where every member of our community has the access and support to achieve their full academic and professional potential.”

Staff writer Jeong Park contributed to this report.

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"Reopening Schools Will Be a Huge Undertaking. It Must Be Done" — say the editors of the NYT. this mainly because it accords with what Trump has been saying — at least at a high level of generality. I'm sure there will be pointed disagreements with Trump about the specifics. Let's read:
American children need public schools to reopen in the fall. Reading, writing and arithmetic are not even the half of it. Kids need to learn to compete and to cooperate. They need food and friendships; books and basketball courts; time away from family and a safe place to spend it. Parents need public schools, too. They need help raising their children, and they need to work.
We've got to get the kids away from their parents. Who knows what decline is setting in as parents dominate the lives of "their" children (our children!)?
In Britain, the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health has warned that leaving schools closed “risks scarring the life chances of a generation of young people.” The organization’s American counterpart, the American Academy of Pediatrics, has urged administrators to begin from “a goal of having students physically present in school.”...
Everything's a risk. It also risks making the children better. Wouldn't that be a kick in the head? But we can't do an experiment on a whole generation, suddenly homeschooling them all. What if we found out the kids did better? What if day-long incarceration in school buildings and the schoolteacher-administered compulsory education isn't the best way for the young human being to live? Quick! Get them back in before anyone finds out!
Most of the linked editorial is about all the money that must flow to local school districts. Also, President Trump should wear a mask. And...
He could work to get money to schools. Instead, Mr. Trump has sent tweets, demanding in ALL CAPS that schools reopen — and threatening to cut off existing federal funding.
But "money alone is not enough." The school buildings aren't large enough to put enough distance between the students (they're assuming the kids will stay in the distanced spaces in which they are put). So the editors promote the idea of doing classes outdoors — in the playground and "give serious consideration to closing streets around schools and hold[] classes there." But what about bathrooms? And what if it rains?
The limits of virtual classrooms were on painful display this spring. While some students thrived, or at least continued to learn, others faded away. Boston reported that roughly 20 percent of enrolled students never logged in. In Los Angeles, one-third of high school students failed to participate. In Washington, D.C., the school system simply gave up and ended the school year three weeks early. Evidence suggests schools particularly struggled to reach lower-income kids, exacerbating performance gaps....
This is the worst of it. The students with the best home life might do even better with school out of the picture and the parents left to figure out how to educate and feed and support beneficial play for their children. The children with the worst home life are worse off than ever.
The NYT editors end by knocking Trump for asking "the C.D.C. to relax its public health guidelines for safely reopening schools." But if you want to open the schools, what's the alternative? Here's the answer the editors crafted: "Take the measure of the best available science, implement the necessary safety measures and maximize the amount of time that children can spend in classrooms." I don't know how that gets you anywhere different from what the President said to do. It seems like the editors and Trump are saying all saying: Let's do the best we can but the kids need to go back to school.

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The key to better quality education? Make students feel valued.
  • Not being able to engage with students in-person due to the pandemic has presented several new challenges for educators, both technical and social. Digital tools have changed the way we all think about learning, but George Couros argues that more needs to be done to make up for what has been lost during "emergency remote teaching."
  • One interesting way he has seen to bridge that gap and strengthen teacher-student and student-student relationships is through an event called Identity Day. Giving students the opportunity to share something they are passionate about makes them feel more connected and gets them involved in their education.
  • "My hope is that we take these skills and these abilities we're developing through this process and we actually become so much better for our kids when we get back to our face-to-face setting," Couros says. He adds that while no one can predict the future, we can all do our part to adapt to it.

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Trump Threatens To Cut Funding From Schools Over ‘Radical Left Indoctrination’ President Donald Trump speaks during a news briefing at the White House, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump threatened to yank federal funding from schools that provide education that he deems too left-wing on Friday.

Trump complained on Twitter that “too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education.”

“Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues,” he tweeted. “Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!”

The President did not elaborate on what constitutes an “act against public policy.” The White House did not respond to TPM’s query.

It wouldn’t be the first time Trump’s administration targeted a school on ideological or political grounds: Last September, the Education Department threatened to withdraw funding from a Middle East studies program at Duke University and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill for focusing too heavily on the “positive aspects of Islam.” The department demanded that the schools change the program’s activities to fix its “lack of balance” before receiving federal funds.

The incident and Trump’s tweet on Friday stand in stark contrast with the President’s claims to be a vigilant defender of free speech on student campuses, which led to him to issue an executive order on “improving free inquiry, transparency, and accountability at colleges and universities.”

Critics pointed out that the order didn’t really mandate universities do anything federal agencies hadn’t already required of them.

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The Best Fashion Apps You Need to Download ASAP (They’re All Free!) Apps to help you with every aspect of fashion, from shopping for new items to styling your old ones. ]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:30:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Apps Technology College College Life Fashion Tips Coronavirus unlikely to be spread by children, research suggests As schools contemplate reopening amid rising COVID-19 cases, an awkward truth is emerging: We’re the problem, not our kids.

For months, we’ve kept children carefully isolated, pleading with them to behave, wear masks, wipe their boogers and not hug Gram and Grandpa. We’ve assumed this new virus acts just like the flu and common cold — so classrooms full of kids would create one giant cootie colony.

But a growing body of research suggests young children aren’t responsible for most viral transmission. Adults are.

Based on these findings, school-based transmission could be a manageable problem, particularly for elementary school aged-children who appear to be at the lowest risk of infection, according to a recent commentary in the journal Pediatrics.

“The evidence suggests that children are less likely to become infected, less likely to develop severe disease and less likely to transmit the virus to other children and adults, said co-author and pediatrician Dr. William Raszka Jr. of the University of Vermont School of Medicine. “It is wildly different from flu.”

If confirmed, this is good news for teachers, whose classrooms can feel like big Petri dishes. It’s a relief for parents, weary of juggling work and childcare. Best of all, it’s good for kids, who aren’t learning or playing with friends.

More work must be done to prove that kids are truly harmless, cautioned Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at a Thursday press briefing. Federal researchers are now closely tracking 6,000 people in 2,000 families to determine who gets infected with the virus, whether they transmit it to other family members, and who gets sick.

Transmission in elementary school seems lower than in high schools, according to Dr. Naomi Bardach, associate professor of UCSF’s Department of Pediatrics. There’s limited data on middle-school and pre-school children, she said.

“Staff and teachers, as adults, are more likely to transmit it to each other,” she said.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention backpedaled from an earlier assertion that remote learning is the safest option. Next week, the agency will issue five different documents to guide school reopening, Vice President Mike Pence said at a news conference at the U.S. Department of Education.

Even the American Academy of Pediatrics – a traditionally cautious group of smiling, bandaid-bearing, Patch Adams types of doctors — says that kids belong in school. While COVID-19 risk can never be eliminated, students should be “physically present in school” as much as possible, because there are known emotional, social and educational risks to keeping children at home, it recommends.

As evidence, pediatricians point to large “contact tracing” data sets from around the world. They show that a household’s COVID-19 infection rarely starts with children; on the contrary, grownups bring it into the home. And children rarely share it with others.

A 9-year-old British boy contracted the virus at a chalet while skiing in the French Alps. But he did not pass on the virus, despite coming into contact with more than 170 other people, including his siblings and over 112 pals at three separate ski schools.

Of 68 sick Chinese children admitted to a children’s hospital, 96% were found to have been sickened at home by adults, researchers reported in July’s issue of the journal Pediatrics. In an Australian high school, 863 pupils and teachers had had close contact with 18 sick students and staffers – but just two, or 0.23%, were infected.

Swiss researchers analyzed data on 39 children under age 16 and found that in nearly 80% of cases, the illness came from an adult in the house, according to a May study in the journal Pediatrics. Research from the Netherlands also found that the virus is mainly spread from adult family members to children.

To be sure, the emergence of a rare but dangerous complication, called “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children,” shows that youth are not completely spared. A recent CDC review of 186 cases found that it tends to be concentrated in places that had outbreaks relatively early on, such as New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.

It’s possible that we simply haven’t seen transmission among U.S. children simply because they’ve been stuck at home. In California, children represent a small fraction of confirmed COVID-19 cases. About 1.8% of cases are in children under the age of five and 6.5% of cases are in people aged five to 17 years. In contrast, 33% of cases are among people between the ages of 18 and 34 years.

But if children are driving the spread of the virus, we would have seen big spikes in countries where they’ve already returned to school, such as Germany, Israel and Denmark, experts said. That hasn’t happened. An emergency childcare center at New York City’s YMCA has cared for 40,000 children between the ages of 1 and 14 at 1,100 separate sites — and seen no clusters.

So why aren’t they super-spreaders? It’s a mystery. Surely, we thought, their dripping noses and sticky little hands are loaded with germs.

A new study found that children have less of a receptor called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), which the virus needs to enter cells. Expression of the gene for this receptor is lowest in 4- to 9-year-olds. It is higher in 10- to 17-year-olds, although still lower than in adults.

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With milder symptoms, they cough and sneeze less. And their little lungs eject fewer infectious particles into the air.

Maybe, unlike adults sharing a car ride, church pew or restaurant table, kids are less likely to sit close to each other and chat for a long time.

But is it better to wait before visiting that precious new grandchild?

“A one-month-old infant is unbelievably unlikely to transmit COVID-19,” said Vermont’s Raszka. “But I’d wear a mask and physically distance, and ask the parents very carefully what their exposure has been. The risk is from the other adults, not the infant.”


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Bill Nye Shows How Face Masks Actually Protect You–and Why You Should Wear Them

Like many Americans of my generation, I grew up having things explained to me by Bill Nye. Flight, magnets, simple machines, volcanoes: there seemed to be nothing he and his team of young lieutenants couldn't break down in a clear, humorous, and wholly non-boring manner. He didn't ask us to come to him, but met us where we already were: watching television. The zenith of the popularity of his PBS series Bill Nye the Science Guy passed a quarter-century ago, and the world has changed a bit since then. But even in the 2020s, when the spreading of scientific knowledge is no less important than it was in the 90s, Nye knows where to air his message if he wants the kids to hear it: TikTok.

Hugely popular among people not yet born during Bill Nye the Science Guy's original run, TikTok is a video-based social media platform that accommodates videos of up to 60 seconds — roughly half the length of the "Consider the Following" segments embedded within the episodes of Nye's original show.

This week Nye has revived the format on Tiktok in order to lay out the scientific principles behind something that had recently become a part of all of our lives: face masks. True to form, he explains not just with words but with objects, in this case a series of respiratory system-protecting anti-particle devices from a humble scarf to a homemade cloth face mask (employing that stalwart science-project component, a pipe cleaner) to the medical industry-standard N95.

"The reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect you," says Nye. "But the main reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect me from you, and the particles from your respiratory system from getting into my respiratory system!" As simple a point as this may sound, it has tended to get lost amid the fear and confusion of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: the conflicting information initially published about the advisability of face masks for the general public, but also the ensuing controversy over the implementation and enforcement of mask-related rules. But as Nye reminds us, this is "a matter literally of life and death — and when I use the word literally, I mean literally." As we shore up our knowledge of masks, we Millennials, who throughout our lives have learned so much from Nye, would do well to internalize that point of usage while we're at it.

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What Are We Going to Do About This Disaster of a School Year?

As difficult at the spring was, with having our kids home with us all day as we ourselves tried to keep working, it did have a finite feel about it. At the most, it could only go on as long as the rest of the school year, which in my case was just shy of three months. And while they did have online assignments and…


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A Free Stanford Course on How to Teach Online: Designed for Middle & High School Teachers (July 13 – 17)

This fall, many teachers (across the country and the world) will be asked to teach online--something most teachers have never done before. To assist with that transition, the Stanford Online High School and Stanford Continuing Studies have teamed up to offer a free online course called Teaching Your Class Online: The Essentials. Taught by veteran instructors at Stanford Online High School (OHS), this course "will help middle and high school instructors move from general concepts for teaching online to the practical details of adapting your class for your students." The course is free and runs from 1-3 pm California time, July 13 - 17. You can sign up here.

For anyone interested, Stanford will also offer additional courses that give teachers the chance to practice teaching their material online and get feedback from Stanford Online High School instructors. Offered from July 20 - July 24, those courses cost $95. Click to this page, and scroll down to enroll.

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United Teachers Los Angeles wants the district to focus on online classes for the fall semester.

“We all want to physically open schools and be back with our students, but lives hang in the balance,” UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said Thursday. “Safety has to be the priority. We need to get this right for our communities.”

“Safety has to be the priority,” said UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz on whether schools should open in fall. “We need to get this right for our communities.” (Courtesy photo)

The union also cited a lack of state and federal funding for increased health and safety measures and what it called the lack of time for the district to put together the detailed, rigorous plans needed for a safe return to campus.

The union also released a research paper Thursday on conditions that must be met before staff and students can safely return, “Same Storm but Different Boats: The Safe and Equitable Conditions for Starting LAUSD in 2020-21.”

The union will poll members Friday to find out where they stand on re-opening campuses.

L.A. school officials have yet to make a decision on reopening, but when it happens, the district would offer two options: a learning-from-home program and a hybrid plan that would combine learning at home with part-time attendance on campus in small socially distanced classes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Earlier in the week, L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer told school district leaders that they must prepare for the possibility that students would need to continue learning remotely 100% of the time at the start of the school year.

Myart-Cruz criticized the politicization of health considerations and singled out President Donald Trump, who this week called for campuses to reopen and threatened to withhold funding from those that did not. The president and his advisors insisted that children would be better off in traditional classes and that a regular school schedule would allow parents to return to work, helping families and also providing a necessary boost to the economy.

Given the surge of the virus in L.A. County, Myart-Cruz called Trump’s threats over funding “alarming.”

In a Facebook thread this week, union members, who include teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians, expressed their concerns.

“You think I’m safe at 71 going into a classroom of students… or any of my colleagues?” wrote Sandy Dorfman, who teaches at Castlebay Lane Elementary in Porter Ranch, in remarks reported by The Times. “The air conditioning system will recirculate the sick air throughout the school! Has anyone thought of that? Does anyone think kids are keeping masks on properly? Do you think we can hear elementary kids through masks? All day long kids leaving class to go to the bathroom … touching door knobs — insanity!”

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Fiber artist Bisa Butler’s quilted portraits of Black Americans gain extra power from their medium.

Each work is comprised of many scraps, carefully cut and positioned after hours of research and preliminary sketches.

Velvet and silk nestle against bits of vintage flour sacks, West African wax print fabric, denim and, occasionally, hand-me-downs from the sitter’s own collection.

In The Warmth of Other Sons, a 12-foot, life-sized portrait of an African American family who migrated north in search of economic opportunity, a wary-looking young girl clutches a purse to her chest. The purse is constructed from a commercial wax cotton print titled Michelle Obama’s Bag, which commemorates one of the former First Lady’s trips to Africa.

As anthropologist Nina Sylvanus writes in Patterns in Circulation: Cloth, Gender, and Materiality in West Africa:

To wear this pattern…is both to honor and aspire to be ravishingly beautiful and powerful like Michele Obama; It is considered a must-have fashion piece in the wardrobe of stylish women in Abidjan, Lomé, and Lagos.

The vibrant colors of Butler’s materials also inform her portraits, particularly those inspired by historical figures whose images are most familiar in black-and-white.

She is also deeply influenced by her undergraduate years at Howard University, where many of her professors were part of the AfriCOBRA artists' collective. They encouraged students to think of blank canvases as black, rather than white, and to throw out the Beaux Arts palette in favor of West African fabric’s Kool-Aid colors—“bright orange, bright yellow, crimson red, intense blue.”

As she describes in the above video:

The initial start is who’s it gonna be? Then after you choose that person, choose your color scheme. The color scheme is based on what you feel about that person. People have color around them, in them, that is not evidently visible to the naked eye.

The Storm, the Whirlwind, and The Earthquake, her recently completed full-length portrait of a 30-year old Frederick Douglass, reimagines the abolitionist’s 19th-century garb as something akin to a modern day Harlem dandy’s bold embrace of color, pattern, and style, deliberately challenging the status quo. The rich color scheme extends to his skin and the homey background fabric.

Butler, who was raised in an art-filled New Jersey home by a Black American mother and a Ghanian father, also credits her grandmother, the subject of her first quilted portrait, with helping her find her aesthetic.

An early attempt to paint a portrait of her beloved relative (and childhood sewing instructor) resulted in disappointment on both sides. The crestfallen artist’s aunt tipped her off that the older lady’s mental self-picture was that of someone 30 years younger.

Inspired by the collaged work of Romare Bearden, Butler gave it another go, this time in quilted form, taking care to represent her grandmother as an attractive woman in the prime of life. This time her efforts were met with enthusiasm. “I could feel an energy in the room that something new was happening,” Butler recalls.

Whether her subjects are living or dead, Butler strives to bring the same sense of “dignity and regal opulence” to unsung citizens that she does when creating portraits of such famous Americans as Nina Simone, Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Robinson, Lauren Hill, Josephine Baker, and Jean-Michel Basquiat:

African Americans have been quilting since we were brought to this country and needed to keep warm. Enslaved people were not given large pieces of fabric and had to make do with the scraps of cloth that were left after clothing wore out. From these scraps the African American quilt aesthetic came into being. Some enslaved peoples were so talented that they were tasked for creating beautiful quilts that adorned their enslavers beds. My own pieces are reminiscent of this tradition, but I use African fabrics from my father’s homeland of Ghana, batiks from Nigeria, and prints from South Africa. My subjects are adorned with and made up of the cloth of our ancestors. If these visages are to be recreated and seen for the first time in a century, I want them to have their African Ancestry back, I want them to take their place in American History. I want the viewer to see the subjects as I see them. 

Explore the work of Bisa Butler on the artist’s Instagram, or MyModernmet and Colossal.

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Fall Community College Sports Moved To Spring SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The California Community College Athletic Association has moved all fall sports, including football, to the spring.

According to the new plan, fall sports teams will instead start practice in mid-January if it’s safe to do so, with games starting in February.

All sports will also have 30% fewer games and there will be no state championships for the 2020- 2021 season.

The CCCAA said all decisions will be guided by state and local health guidelines. The board of directors is meeting again next Friday to discuss issues related to this decision.

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Fall Community College Sports In California Moved To Spring Due To Pandemic SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The California Community College Athletic Association has moved all fall sports, including football, to the spring.

According to the new plan, fall sports teams will instead start practice in mid-January if it’s safe to do so, with games starting in February.

All sports will also have 30% fewer games and there will be no state championships for the 2020- 2021 season.

The CCCAA said all decisions will be guided by state and local health guidelines. The board of directors is meeting again next Friday to discuss issues related to this decision.

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California Teachers Association: ‘California Cannot Reopen Schools Unless They Are Safe’ SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – With coronavirus running rampant in the Sacramento area, some California teachers are feeling hesitant about heading back to class.

Citing safety concerns, lack of funding to secure personal protective equipment and surging cases – the California Teachers Association wrote a letter to state leaders pleading to begin the year at a distance.

Many parents are eager to get kids back on campus, though. Christina Jeffers and her daughter are eager to start school once again. But she still has concerns as students inevitably get more comfortable.

“It’s scary that going to school and having familiar contact with friends,” Jeffers said. “They don’t think they might potentially kill each other.”

On the other hand, Tenille Stewart believes there’s no other option for her three kids; in-person learning makes the most sense. She says a student’s mental health outweighs the physical at this point.

“I don’t have a great concern at this point that their health is going to outweigh their safety,” Stewart said.

Stewart’s kids are enrolled in San Juan Unified, one of the Sacramento area’s largest districts. She says she’s been informed of some new protocols to come.

“They’re putting in hand sanitizers at the door,” Stewart said. “Plastic shields at offices where people would walk in.”

But all of these changes have to happen quickly. That causes concern for the California Teachers Association, explaining why they don’t feel safe returning as COVID statistics soar.

“We closed it back then, when it was just starting and we didn’t have the numbers,” E. Toby Boyd, President of the California Teachers Association said. “Now the numbers are steadily going up and we’re hitting new highs. Tell me the logic behind that.”

With weeks to go, most districts still don’t have set plans in place. CBS13 was told many are still scrambling to secure personal protective equipment. A Sac City Unified School District school nurse, Nho Le-Hinds, is hopeful but not entirely confident everything will fall into place in time.

“If we’re still just coming up with the plans – we only have so many weeks to execute it,” Le-Hinds said.

Governor Gavin Newsom addressed the letter in a Thursday press conference and says the primary goal is still to learn in the classroom – not from a distance. But with data changing daily, it may still be too soon to make that call.

“We need to keep people safe and healthy,” Newsom said. “We won’t go back to institutions if we can’t promote the safety and hygiene that’s required.”

CBS13 reached out to a couple of our area’s largest districts as these plans are being developed. Elk Grove Unified School District says they’re still working on their plan.

Sac City Unified put out their draft plan on Wednesday, leaning towards a hybrid distance/in-person model. They plan on working with their community of teachers and parents to finalize it.

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  • Outplacement is an underperforming $5 billion dollar industry. A new non-profit coalition by SkillUp intends to disrupt it.
  • More and more Americans will be laid off in years to come due to automation. Those people need to reorient their career paths and reskill in a way that protects their long-term livelihood.
  • SkillUp brings together technology and service providers, education and training providers, hiring employers, worker outreach, and philanthropies to help people land in-demand jobs in high-growth industries.

With COVID-19 ravaging our economy—leaving 40 million workers seeking unemployment benefits and 55% of Americans reporting lost income—the country desperately needs a better set of solutions to help workers reorient in the face of an uncertain future.

Employers have historically provided outplacement services to employees they lay off. Outplacement is a $5 billion industry in normal years that spikes dramatically during recessions. Companies that provide outplacement services typically charge $3,000 to $10,000 per worker.

But the standard offering is paltry. Employees who have been laid off or are about to be laid off receive a bit of coaching, access to job listings, and resume reviews—and that's about it.

Yet we know that a couple of short coaching sessions, job listings and resume reviews don't result in jobs. Research shows that 70% of all jobs aren't posted on job sites, and 80% of jobs are filled through connections, not blind applications.

Nor do these services result in the sort of higher paying jobs that allow individuals to become more productive working members of society on sounder footing, ready to navigate the twists and turns of a future that will see more technological unemployment and a vastly different set of required skill sets to future-proof jobs.

Instead, those who are laid off require something more: reskilling, relationships, and navigation to step it up and make progress in their lives.

Against this backdrop, a new effort, SkillUp, is launching to help workers select and prepare for career paths that align with the economy of the future. SkillUp is a non-profit leading a coalition of technology and service providers, education and training providers, hiring employers, worker outreach, and philanthropies to support laid off and furloughed workers.

The coalition SkillUp is assembling is ultimately more than a set of solutions around outplacement that should persist past the current pandemic, but the coming promise of a more flexible, affordable, and convenient set of solutions to support individuals' upskilling and reskilling throughout their lives to fulfill their human potential.

SkillUp offers a three-pronged approach:

  1. Career navigation: Technology tools and coaches to help workers choose a productive pathway and orient around jobs and careers that will grow in the future of work.
  2. Training programs: The coalition helps workers find educational and training programs matched to their career goals to help them upskill, so that they do not just go back into frontline or entry-level roles, but can make progress in their career and fortunes.
  3. Job placement: Using relationships with hiring employers and technology to match workers with open positions, SkillUp pairs workers with available opportunities.

Coaches play a role throughout this three-part process—not just episodically—to help those laid off navigate the real financial and emotional challenges that can block individuals from pursuing these productive pathways. In addition, SkillUp is leveraging the technology of Next Chapter, an offering of Guild Education, where I'm a senior strategist, as well as Guild's partner network of large employers—many of whom are in a position to hire employees—and education providers. These relationships will help SkillUp move quickly to serve workers with a ready-made solution.

SkillUp's solution shows how employers can transition parts of their workforce to more productive pursuits over time. Employers have an incentive to drive this work to refresh their workforces in intentional ways that manage employee churn; to bolster employee morale; to preserve their company brand; to aid in personnel recruitment; and to ultimately help power the country's consumption-driven economy.

The coalition SkillUp is assembling is ultimately more than a set of solutions around outplacement that should persist past the current pandemic, but the coming promise of a more flexible, affordable, and convenient set of solutions to support individuals' upskilling and reskilling throughout their lives to fulfill their human potential. What that necessitates is a much broader shift in postsecondary education and a reshuffling of how higher education works.

Rather than just bank on existing colleges and universities and sources of debt-driven funding to disrupt themselves, the future of higher education will also rely on novel programs and arrangements, like SkillUp.

New funding mechanisms to pay for more education—from leveraging employers' willingness to pay in order to reap a return on investment to income share agreements that align incentives around the success of learners—will emerge to fund the education of learners.

On-ramp and last-mile programs along with hybrid colleges that marry online, competency-based learning with learning model innovations, no-excuses mindsets, and non-academic supports are emerging to alter how we prepare students to enter the workforce. Mobile learning solutions are making learning far more bite-sized and accessible on the job.

Work in understanding the skills at the heart of the new digital economy is leading to novel assessments that allow individuals to prove mastery to faithfully represent their abilities—but also to give weight and stackability to the emerging ecosystem of micro-credentials that make education more seamless across time and education providers. And we are seeing the beginnings of a renewal in the liberal arts, focused on building human skills in affordable ways that are accessible to many more individuals and far more effective.

Amidst these dark times, there is much opportunity to refresh the nation's education and training solutions to support the success of individuals and society writ large.

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On language, power and privilege in tertiary education

Advocates of retaining Afrikaans as a language of instruction are blind to their own prejudices

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