Teacher death toll mounts as districts across the US push forward with school reopenings

As more school districts across the US continue to reopen for in-person instruction, without fail they assert to their communities that safety is of the utmost concern. Just two months since schools began reopening in late July, the costs to human health and life expose these assertions as lies. There have been at least 47,376 cases reported in K-12 schools so far this year, and at least 37 educators have died since August 1, all of which were entirely preventable. These figures, as damning as they are, are surely an undercount, as state and federal governments are actively working to conceal the spread of the virus .

In the past two weeks alone, eight teachers have died from COVID-19. Reports of deaths will continue to pour in over the coming weeks and months, and in all likelihood begin to include children, unless an independent intervention of educators, parents and students

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Trump’s push for ‘patriotic education’ ignores the complexity of our national story

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History is not about exceptionalism. It is about confronting the past to help inform the present. Individuals who only wish to espouse an exceptionalism narrative are ignoring a fundamental truth that must be shared: There are always victims as well as victors, and decisions have consequences.

History also is not simple or straightforward. To argue otherwise is not to fully understand it. The recent call by the Trump administration to counter what he called “the crusade against American history” by pushing “patriotic education” is an example of the oversimplification of our understanding of the past. As the late historian J.M. Roberts famously argued, “History is the story of mankind, of what it has done, suffered, and enjoyed.”

I have spent my career teaching introductory courses to university students in the history of the United States, Europe, Africa, and the world. Students often come to the classroom with a

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China’s push to educate people out of poverty starts with free school

a group of people posing for the camera: Students study at the newly built Wenchang Middle School at Yuexi county, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture in Sichuan province. Photo: Simon Song

Students study at the newly built Wenchang Middle School at Yuexi county, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture in Sichuan province. Photo: Simon Song

Shenzi Nibumu is two years older than her classmates in the southwest Chinese province of Sichuan.

Her family was too poor to send her to school at the age most children start and her elder sister dropped out of school to become a migrant worker in Guangdong province to support the family.

Shenzi Nibumu is now 17 years old and in ninth grade – the third year of middle school. She said she did not want to follow her sister’s path by dropping out to get a job, and instead wanted to continue with her studies and go to university.

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“I wish to go to medical school and

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TPS parents push for district to return to in-person learning; superintendent’s recommendation to be made Monday | Education

Deere said she plans to attend Monday’s rally because she doesn’t believe the numerous emails sent to board members and administrators are working. She said she hopes that if enough people show up in force, then the district might listen.

But if TPS decides to stick with distance learning, she said her plan is to transfer her children out of the district. That outcome would be especially devastating to her son, who attends Thoreau Demonstration Academy and who would lose his spot if he leaves.

“They just can’t keep doing distance learning,” Deere said. “My boys seem to be coping a bit better, but my daughter, she’s not.”

Danny Daniels, whose son attends Eisenhower International School, is pushing for the district to abandon district learning because of the lack of social interaction between students and their teachers and peers.

Like Deere, Daniels said he thinks the best way for families

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Candidates for Minneapolis school board push for equity in education

Concerns about equity in education are driving candidates running for the Minneapolis school board this fall, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the rollout of a controversial Comprehensive District Design plan.

Four seats are on the Nov. 3 ballot: incumbent Kim Ellison is facing Michael Dueñes for the at-large seat; Christa Mims and Adriana Cerrillo, both first-time candidates, are running to represent District 4, an area including downtown and neighborhoods near Lake of the Isles and Bde Maka Ska; incumbent KerryJo Felder faces Sharon El-Amin to represent District 2 in north Minneapolis; and incumbent Ira Jourdain is the sole candidate in the district encompassing southwest Minneapolis.

In the primary election for the at-large and District 4 seats, Ellison and Mims received the most votes.

Both Ellison and Dueñes name equity as the top focus in the at-large race. But they disagree on whether the Comprehensive District Design achieves that. The plan,

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What’s behind Trump’s push for ‘patriotic education’?

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President Trump last week said his administration would be taking action to promote a “pro-American curriculum” in U.S. schools in an effort to counteract what he called “left-wing indoctrination” in education. 

Speaking at the National Archives Museum, Trump said he intends to sign an executive order to create the “1776 Commission” to encourage schools to teach a positive view of American history. The commission’s name appears to be a dig at the 1619 Project, a series of essays published last summer by the New York Times Magazine that argue slavery and racism are foundational elements of American history. Trump also took aim at critical race theory, an academic discipline focused on systemic racism.

In his speech, Trump called these views an “ideological poison” that threatened to erase the “miracle of American history” from U.S. education.

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China’s push to teach in Mandarin sparks Mongol resistance

Parents walked toward a wall of metal barriers, holding the hands of their first-graders as dozens of police and men in dark clothes watched and scowled in the afternoon light. One by one, mothers and fathers let their children go into an elementary school that seemed more ominous than it did the year before.

A grandfather stood behind a tree with tears in his eyes as students filed through metal detectors, red scarves tied around their necks, and climbed the steps toward their classrooms. “All ethnic groups must embrace tightly like the seeds of a pomegranate,” read a slogan from Chinese President Xi Jinping printed in Mandarin on the wall.

“They are talking about great ethnic unity. Is this what unity looks like?” said the Mongol grandfather, who did not give his name. He and his wife, Ochir Bao, a woman in her 60s, had come to this school —

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Behind Trump’s Push for ‘Patriotic Education’ in US History

Amid the ongoing national crisis over the deadly COVID-19 virus, the President of the United States warned of another national crisis on Thursday: the “ideological poison” of “radical” history education.

Speaking on Constitution Day from the National Archives—where original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights are on display—during a White House conference on American History, President Donald Trump announced that he was signing an executive order to establish the “1776 Commission,” a group that would “promote patriotic education,” and that the National Endowment for the Humanities would be awarding a grant to support the development of a “pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about our nation’s great history.”

In the course of his announcement, Trump claimed that people on the left want to “bully Americans into abandoning their values, their heritage and their very way of life,” and

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U.S. job openings push higher; more workers quitting

By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job openings increased further in July, though more workers quit their jobs in the retail as well as professional and business services industries likely because of fears of exposure to COVID-19 and problems with childcare.

Despite the surge in vacancies reported by the Labor Department on Wednesday in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, the number of unemployed people competing for a new job remained relatively high in July.

“The labor market recovery will be measured in years, not months,” said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York.

Job openings, a measure of labor demand, jumped 617,000 to 6.6 million on the last day of July. Still, vacancies remain below their level of 7 million in February.

Job openings were led by the retail sector, with 172,000 new vacancies. There were an additional 146,000 jobs in healthcare

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CSOs push for Sexual and Reproductive Health Education in schools

Regional News of Monday, 14 September 2020

Source: GNA


Priscilla Nyaaba, Executive Director speaking at the CSOs meeting BolgatangaPriscilla Nyaaba, Executive Director speaking at the CSOs meeting Bolgatanga

Some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the Upper East Region have formulated a road map to advocate mainstreaming of Reproductive Health Education into the curriculum of basic schools in Ghana.

The CSOs include Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana, AfriKids Ghana, Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, Coalition of NGOs, Rise Ghana, Society for Empowerment and Social Justice, and Camfed among others

This was made known in Bolgatanga at a CSOs dialogue organized by the Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana (YHFG) as part of its flagship project, “Evidence TO Action: Sexual Health Education Advocacy Project”.

The five-year project, being implemented in five districts, Bolgatanga Municipal, Bawku West, Talensi, Nabdam, and Bongo Districts seek to generate evidence to support the government through the Ghana Education Service to implement Reproductive Health Education

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