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New York Times (April 7)

2021/ 04/ 08 by jd in Global News

“Businesses and universities want fast, easy ways to see if students and customers are vaccinated, but conservative politicians have turned ‘vaccine passports’ into a cultural flash point.”


Atlanta Journal Constitution (December 2)

2020/ 12/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Teachers and students will have extra homework after the pandemic ends, as new findings show growth in math scores has fallen since last school year.” Reading may be “more or less intact” as parents are better able to assist at home during distance learning. Math however, is “suffering, with the worst performance at the elementary school level.” Since math is “taught in a sequential way, with concepts building upon concepts,” this weakened foundation could “undermine learning for years to come.”


Chicago Tribune (November 17)

2020/ 11/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Traveling, especially in airports or by public transit, is inherently risky when COVID-19 infections are high.” With many university students set to go on break, “concern remains that young adults crisscrossing the country might seed new infections in their home communities—or within their own households.”


The Oregonian (October 8)

2020/ 10/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Students in Oregon’s largest school district will not see the inside of a classroom until 2021. Portland Public Schools this week announced its students, with little exception, will be learning remotely via district-issued Chromebooks until Jan. 28, the end of the second academic quarter.”


Boston Globe (September 8)

2020/ 09/ 10 by jd in Global News

The shift to online learning has been filled with challenges and pitfalls. For professors, “reinvention has meant reworking syllabuses, prerecording lectures, and reconsidering how to test students’ knowledge of material – and even how to bond with them virtually.” The universities want “to avoid a repeat of last spring, when disgruntled parents and students filed lawsuits claiming the online learning experience was not worth the thousands of dollars in tuition costs.” Meanwhile, one survey showed that roughly half of the students “feel that higher education is no longer worth the cost, and 40 percent believe it’s a bad deal now that It has moved online.”


USA Today (June 30)

2020/ 07/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Like it or not, remote instruction and virtual learning are likely to continue for millions of children this fall. That’s because most districts can’t observe physical distancing with all students attending class together in-person.” Some districts will utilize “hybrid learning schedules in which students attend school on alternating days or weeks and learn from home on the other days, on a computer when feasible.”


New York Times (May 5)

2020/ 05/ 06 by jd in Global News

There are merits to “the distance learning the New York City school system instituted when the coronavirus pandemic hit…. I have been doing distance learning since March 23 and find that I am learning more, and with greater ease, than when I attended regular classes. I can work at my own pace without being interrupted by disruptive students and teachers who seem unable to manage them.”


New Yorker (December 23)

2018/ 12/ 24 by jd in Global News

As “more established environmental organizations” have adopted “defensive positions, Sunrise has established itself as the dominant influence on the environmental policy of the Democratic Party’s young, progressive wing. Just as the March for Our Lives has changed gun-control activism from a movement of grieving parents to one led by students, Sunrise is part of a generational shift in the environmental movement” as they push for a “Green New Deal.”


Wall Street Journal (October 20)

2014/ 10/ 21 by jd in Global News

“On the eve of Tuesday’s talks with student leaders of the democracy movement, Hong Kong’s embattled Chief Executive has a message for the world: No compromises, and no apologies. Which means that Hong Kong’s upheavals are likely to continue.”


Bloomberg (October 6)

2014/ 10/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Eleven days into the Umbrella Revolution, it’s clear Beijing won’t back down. President Xi Jinping won’t accede to the movement’s universal suffrage proposal or sacrifice Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to ease tensions.” Unless the students “face reality and plot an endgame,” they risk becoming “irritants” to average Hongkongers. If, however, they can win a few concessions, the students “can demonstrate that they gave Goliath a good fight and achieved something substantial.”