The Zoom Chat Solves Education Problems We Didn’t Even Know We Had

When my college went online in March, the overarching education philosophy was Let’s try to keep things normal. Of course none of us knew what that would look like, including me. I’m an undergraduate who works as a writing fellow—a cross between a peer tutor and a TA—in an introductory writing seminar. My “normal” had been walking around a classroom as students worked on their projects, answering questions and giving feedback, while the professor took aside small groups in another room.



a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Zoom has some surprising benefits. Chris Montgomery / Unsplash


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Zoom has some surprising benefits. Chris Montgomery / Unsplash

When the professor and I translated this structure online, some of it worked: We could keep the small group/large group dynamic with a breakout room and a main session. But in that main session, I struggled to help students the way I could in person. I had no way to look over someone’s shoulder at

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5 big financial issues voters didn’t hear much (or anything) about in the Trump-Biden debate

For a rancorous first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, there was a whole lot that went unsaid.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Trump and Biden are scheduled to debate again on Oct. 15 in a town-hall format with undecided voters. Perhaps they’ll get to these critical personal finance topics then.


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Trump and Biden are scheduled to debate again on Oct. 15 in a town-hall format with undecided voters. Perhaps they’ll get to these critical personal finance topics then.

Unemployment is coming off double-digit rates in the spring after government shutdowns to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, yet joblessness is still high. But the candidates didn’t delve deeply into solutions for joblessness before cross-talk reigned. The same goes for the prospect of another round of fiscal stimulus and more federal unemployment benefits.

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Health care costs were another issue discussed briefly before turning into a slugfest. Meanwhile, millions of renters could be facing eviction starting next year, but interruptions — many from Trump — crowded out talk on that issue.

How about

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‘It’s My Fault That I Didn’t Educate Myself’

In an exclusive interview on the “Tamron Hall” show on Thursday, former “Vanderpump Rules” star Stassi Schroeder addressed for the first time the racial misconduct for which she was fired from Bravo in June. 

Schroeder and her costar Kristen Doute were fired after former “Vanderpump Rules” cast member Faith Stowers revealed during an Instagram Live that Schroeder and Doute had reported her to the police for a crime she did not commit in response to a 2018 Daily Mail article depicting a Black woman wanted for theft. After three months of silence, Schroeder said she wanted to gain a greater understanding of the situation before she spoke out, although she and Doute had publicly apologized to Stowers in June after the interview had gone viral, but before they’d been fired. 

“I’m someone who messed up quite a few times,” Schroeder said in response to why she doesn’t believe she’s been

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