Why It’s Worth Learning Outdoor Skills Like Rock Climbing Online

Summers ago, back in ‘the normal times,’ I attended the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy in Squamish, BC. It was a special few days, not only because of the nightly film screenings and live music, but for the excellent clinics with world-class guides at a fraction of the cost—not to mention the access to the professional athletes, who don’t typically teach climbing, and also instruct during the academy. Ahh, normal times.

Anchor building at last year’s climbing academy
Showcasing crack climbing techniques courtesy Arc’teryx

This year’s academy couldn’t happen in person, but Arc’teryx adapted to the now-COVID times, doing a remarkable job bringing the academy online. First were marquee film screenings—like the premiere of Free As Can Be, a film about Yosemite climbing legend Mark Hudon and rising pro Jordan Cannon’s friendship and ascents of Freerider on El Cap—as well as the annual photo competition. Although this year’s contest was a “compilation contest,” not produced by photographers during

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State education secretary calls Little Rock teachers’ union announcement ‘absurd’

story.lead_photo.captionJohnny Key, right, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Education, is shown with Governor Asa Hutchinson in this April 6, 2020 file photo.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/ John Sykes Jr.)

Arkansas Education Secretary Johnny Key is calling a Little Rock School District teacher announcement Sunday night that they would only teach via virtual instruction an “absurd, eleventh-hour scheme” by leadership of the Little Rock Education Association, the union organization representing teachers in the district.

LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore sent a letter to parents Sunday night informing them that starting today teachers would not be showing up for in-person classes out of safety concerns related to the pandemic. District spokesperson Pamela Smith said 150 teachers have called in sick as of early Monday morning. Schools remain open with substitutes covering classes.

“During the first five weeks of school, LRSD administrators, educators, and staff have done a tremendous job of providing onsite and virtual

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UA Little Rock named among Education Reference Desk’s 2020 most affordable online programs

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been named on two of Education Reference Desk’s 2020 most affordable online programs.

UA Little Rock’s online social work and psychology degree programs were listed among the most affordable in the country.

UA Little Rock was ranked sixth on the Most Affordable Online Social Work Degree Programs. The Bachelor of Social Work degree prepares students for the general practice of social work with diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. Building on a person-in-environment perspective, the curriculum is designed to develop knowledge of human behavior and social problems as well as critical thinking, assessment, problem-solving, and evaluative skills.

UA Little Rock was ranked 11th on the Most Affordable Online Psychology Degree Programs. The Bachelor of Arts in psychology degree promotes the application of psychological principles, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving skills to further the understanding of behavior.

The 120-hour program covers the scientific study

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