Opinion: Online learning can be eye-opening for both teachers and students

Goolsby Elementary School third grader Ava Dweck, 9, takes an online class at a friend’s home during the first week of distance learning for the Clark County School District on August 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Mark Lautens is a professor of chemistry at the University of Toronto.

Toronto is recognized as one of the most diverse cities in the world. That message is preached by our politicians and civic leaders and we live it every day as we walk the streets and interact with our fellow citizens.

More than ever, universities are working hard to have that diversity reflected in our classrooms. Progress is slow, sometimes very slow.

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Oddly the world of virtual learning is revealing diversity that would otherwise be more or less invisible to someone standing at the front of a classroom giving a lecture to a mass of

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Opinion | Everything I Know About Elite America I Learned From ‘Fresh Prince’ and ‘West Wing’

It turns out, as the show’s creator, Aaron Sorkin, has explained, if I didn’t like the show, that’s in part because I wasn’t really meant to. The pilot episode didn’t test well with people like me. But, according to Mr. Sorkin, it tested “extremely well” with certain audience segments. Among them: households that earned more than $75,000 a year, households with at least one college graduate and households that subscribed to The New York Times.

And though the show was not my favorite, I was fascinated by its characters. They were constantly engaged in debates about contentious social and political issues. One plotline I found particularly interesting was when President Bartlet’s deputy communications director, Sam Seaborn, loses a debate against a Republican woman named Ainsley Hayes. To her surprise, Hayes is subsequently offered a job in the Democratic administration; the president cites her “sense of civic duty.”

The more I

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A symbol of community faith and trust | Opinion

I’m Joe Moravchik and I’m running to represent all of us in District 20B of the state Legislature. I’m not a politician but a proven leader with a background of police, teaching, coaching and community volunteer experience. The foundation of my leadership philosophy has centered around putting people in the best position to succeed, always abiding by the core values my parents instilled in me: integrity, humility, practicality, optimism and hard work. It is these values that would guide me as your representative. 

My police experience included patrol, evidence, field training, major crimes and command in one of the Midwest’s most violent cities. I was proud and humbled to be a multi-time winner of the prestigious Exemplary Officer Award for high quality performance and professional dedication, presented by the Wisconsin Attorney General. When I wore a badge, I believed it to be a symbol of community faith and trust. As

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ANGELA FARMER: Trusting in Math | Opinion

While students need to learn a variety of subjects and an even greater expanse in subdivisions of that content, one subject remains critical in all conversations. Students need to master their math. Unfortunately, math is one of the least favored subjects by students at the primary level and even less adored when one questions high school students. According to recent article posted by Harvard University’s Usable Knowledge website, math is more than numbers. The article details how relationship-building and trust are integral to learning integers.

Based on this research, to establish the trust required for math mastery, educators have to become “more creative and flexible in the ways they present math to students and allow families into their classrooms to enhance student engagement.” Part of the reason so many students fear or even despise math comes from their fear of making a mistake and being embarrassed. More than perhaps any

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AG Grewal: Anti-bias education will help us fight a rising tide of hate | Opinion

By Gurbir Grewal and Rachel Wainer Apter

At last week’s presidential debate, when it seemed that the nation had exhausted its capacity for shock, President Trump hit another height in racist rhetoric, refusing to condemn white supremacy while urging far-right extremists to “stand back and stand by.” As the top officials responsible for enforcing the civil rights laws of New Jersey — one of the most populous and diverse states in the country — we have seen firsthand how the president’s push to normalize bias has led to a rising tide of hate and violence in our state.

Since 2015, the number of bias incidents being reported to law enforcement in New Jersey has skyrocketed. There were 367 reported incidents in 2015, compared to 994 in 2019 — a 170% increase. And this isn’t a problem limited to older generations — fully 46% of bias offenders were younger than 18

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Opinion | What We Can Learn From the Rise and Fall of ‘Political Blackness’

What about the ADOS movement? If ADOS activists flounder — they have fixed their gaze on slavery reparations and are intent that the wrong people don’t get in on the action — it will be because their certain-Black-lives-matter-more approach proves politically misjudged. An ambitious goal like reparations may require broad support, and in turn a broad conception of “Black.” Skeptics might think that, as with the prospectors and fortune hunters of “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” ADOS’s determination to keep the rewards for themselves imperils the chances of anyone getting them.

By contrast, let’s say you’re concerned about colorism. You might have been among those who were indignant when Zoe Saldana, a light-skinned Black woman, was cast in a biopic about Nina Simone, a dark-skinned Black woman. But if you want to talk about such prejudice, you’ll have to insist on one of the ways in which all Black

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Opinion: A chance to rebuild better, if health care, education institutions allow it

John A. Kitzhaber

Kitzhaber was governor of Oregon from 1995 to 2003 and from 2011 to 2015.

From the skybridge at OHSU, in a neighborhood where the median annual income is $42,000 and poverty is less than 15%—you can see neighborhoods six miles away with incomes half the size and the poverty rate twice as big. Between the skybridge and those neighborhoods, poverty and its associated health disparities increase over 2.8% per mile. This “social gradient” exists in cities across our nation and illustrates institutional racism hidden in plain sight.

The Black Lives Movement has powerfully highlighted one important manifestation of social injustice—the issue of police brutality and the need for more transparency and accountability in law enforcement. But the root causes of institutional racism run far deeper; they are embedded in the conditions of injustice that drive the widening disparities in health and income, and in the diminishing economic

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Kelley: Here’s to all the heroes involved in education – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

We all have heroes. My wife, dad, mother, daughter, son, etc., etc……will always be on the top of the list. As I look back over the past seven months and reflect on how this pandemic has impacted education, I find myself adding educators, especially teachers, to the list of heroes. Whether in private, public, or charter schools, teachers (everyone in the education system for that matter) stepped up and became heroes to so many individuals. In my school district, March 13 started spring break, and it did not end until Aug. 3. During this expanded holiday, I stood in awe and watched school food services workers give tirelessly to make sure students did not go hungry through the course of many different “stay home” orders. I was inspired as teachers leaped into action and started teaching students in a way that has been seldom seen in a PK-12 environment. Principals,

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Opinion | September jobs report shows U.S. economy missing more jobs now than it did at worst point of any prior postwar recession

Here’s the bad news: The nation’s payrolls are still down 10.7 million jobs, or about 7 percent, since their peak in February, when the recession began. That’s enormous. In fact, a higher net share of jobs is still “missing” today, relative to pre-recession times, than was the case even at the worst period of any prior postwar downturn.

The chart below shows percentage changes in employment since the recession began, and how recent trends compare with other postwar downturns and recoveries. The black line plots the Great Recession and its aftermath. At the very worst point for the job market in that business cycle, payrolls were down about 6.3 percent. Now, however, the magnitude of those Great Recession job losses looks slightly less “great” when compared with more recent changes in employment, plotted by the red line.

Another measure of labor market health, the unemployment rate, tells a barely more

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GUEST OPINION: The ‘real and rare’ premise of higher education | Opinion

Recently, the centuries old $80+ billion natural diamond industry has been disrupted with technology that fabricates diamonds in labs for growing use in tech-markets — 5G networks, satellites, and quantum computing. Not to be confused with imitation diamonds (cubic zirconia) these are real diamonds produced through use of heat and hydraulic presses. They can be produced at a fraction of the cost of natural diamonds and even experts are unable to distinguish between natural and lab-produced specimens, which means that they are suitable for yet another application — jewelry. The traditional players are so concerned that some such as DeBeers are investing in the technology.

Further, the Diamond Producers Association launched a marketing campaign meant to combat the disruption with the theme “What is Real is Rare” seeking to convince consumers to value rarity and authenticity (natural diamonds) versus functionality or even beauty.

The concept of authentically branded value applies

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