Young People Care About Elections, They Just Don’t Always Show Up to Vote. Here’s How Education Can Help.

It’s election season in the U.S., and get-out-the-vote efforts are in full swing. And one question being asked by pundits and politicos is, how can we motivate young voters to show up at the polls?

After all, in the most recent presidential election, less than half of citizens ages 18 to 29 participated, compared to 71 percent of those 65 and older and 67 percent of eligible voters ages 45 to 64..

But a book published earlier this year by two political scientists tweaks that question. Young people are already plenty motivated to vote, the authors say, but they don’t always follow through to cast ballots. So this book asks, what is it that prevents young people from actually voting?

The answer has implications for political campaigns, policymakers and of course for educators. The book, called “Making Young Voters,” offers a surprising insight about what kind of education actually influences

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5 things that show students aren’t the only ones learning during the pandemic

Sally Purchase describes teaching in 2020 as taking an “old bag of tricks,” and trying to adapt them to a completely new environment.

a young boy standing next to a building: Esperance, 6, and Christina Maneno, 8, pose for a portrait as they return to Jefferson Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

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Esperance, 6, and Christina Maneno, 8, pose for a portrait as they return to Jefferson Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

“Never in my 33 years of teaching did I ever think it would be like this,” the Muskegon High School teacher said of virtual learning, which the district is using this semester to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

“It’s a huge learning curve.”

With Michigan K-12 schools back in session for the fall – some virtually, some in-person, and some a mix of both – students aren’t the only ones doing the learning this year. Amid this unprecedented school year, teachers are learning some new things along the way, too.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed almost

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Liam Gillick Taps Into an Uncanny Half-Dreaming State in a New Exhibition. See Images of the Fantastical Show Here

A giant floating ear. A unicorn. A mathematical formula. Liam Gillick’s third solo exhibition with Alfonso Artiaco Gallery in Naples has the hazy feel of slipping in and out of a dream state—and that’s exactly the point.

The poetically titled show (“It should feel like unicorns are about to appear a.k.a. Half Awake Half Asleep”) features a series of new wall works by Gillick and takes its inspiration from the artist’s own 1997 book, Discussion Island/Big Conference Centre.

In the book, Gillick’s characters are described as existing in a half-conscious state, but it’s not as disorienting as it might seem: during moments between waking and sleeping, the characters experience the clearest perceptions of their personal and political surroundings and the abstract concepts that frame contemporary life.

Here, Gillick translates that literary sensibility into artworks that allude to both the scientific and the imaginary realms. A series of colorful abstract

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Special education teacher at William Cullen Bryant High School loses morale when no students show up for in-person learning

WOODSIDE, Queens (WABC) — A special education teacher took video of his empty classroom after none of his nine students showed up for first period.

The video was taken at William Cullen Bryant High School on Thursday — the first day of in-person learning for middle school and high school students in New York City in nearly seven months.

“We’re off to a very, very rough start,” the teacher said. “My morale has dramatically decreased since I got here.”

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The teacher said more kids did show up online for remote learning.

“On a positive note, my babies are roaming the school and I get to see them for the first time in 6 months,” he wrote alongside the video.

Attendance did improve somewhat for his later classes when he had six out of eight, four out of 10, and

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The Power Line Show, Ep 216: The Recovery of Family Life, with Scott Yenor

We’re delighted to bring Scott Yenor to the show this week to discuss his important new book, The Recovery of Family Life: Exposing the Limits of Modern Ideologies, which is being officially released tomorrow from Baylor University Press. Unlike many other fine books on the family today that rely chiefly on social science, Scott brings his immense learning in political philosophy to bear on family questions, from Plato and Aristotle through to de Tocqueville—and even Russian novels.

Yenor takes us through a grand tour of the “rolling revolution” wrought by the ideologies of sexual liberation and unlimited individual autonomy over recent decades, which has led to, among other things, the degradation of love, and a civilization-threatening collapse in the birth rate. Scott has some thoughts on what policy makers can do to reinforce strong family life.

Our conversation ranges widely over the controversies Scott has had to weather on campus

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Online COVID-19 reports show Fort Bend ISD, Katy, Lamar CISD case counts

State officials recently announced less than half-a-percent of the estimated 1.1 million students in public schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since students returned to school. New online reports indicate approximately 2,344 students have tested positive for COVID-19 statewide of those attending in-person classes so far this year, Texas Education Agency (TEA) officials announced in a press release Thursday (Sept. 17). A total of 2,175 on-campus district employees tested positive during the same time period. TEA officials say new totals will be posted online daily on the Texas Department of heath and Human Services site via a partnership between the two agencies. Starting Monday, the counts will include counts provided by individual school districts as well a state-wide data. School districts were instructed in recent weeks to upload case data via TEA reporting and information is uploaded every Monday. Antibody tests, which indicate a previous infection, are not included in

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