Education

Fauci Admits Closing Schools For Months During Pandemic Was A ‘Mistake’

By Roli / June 19, 2024 /

Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged on Tuesday that shuttering schools for months during the COVID pandemic was a “mistake,” a reversal for the former presidential chief medical advisor who became influential in the nation’s response to the malady.

Fauci made the admission during an interview on CBS Mornings, saying that while the initial school closures were the right decision, keeping kids out of the classroom for so long was a mistake.

Fauci said that “shutting down everything immediately … even schools was the right thing.”

“How long you kept it was the problem because there was a disparity throughout the country,” he said.

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McGill University Ends Talks With Pro-Palestinian Protesters Camped out on Campus

By Sarah / June 19, 2024 /

McGill University says it will stop negotiations with pro-Palestinian protesters who are camped out on the downtown Montreal campus.
President and vice-chancellor Deep Saini said in a June 18 statement that the university will be taking disciplinary action against those in the encampment.
Mr. Saini said it is clear that talks with the protesters are not going anywhere.
“Despite our ongoing efforts to discuss in good faith, the representatives of the encampment have maintained that their demands are non-negotiable while accusing the University of unwillingness to engage in fair discussions,” he wrote. “As it has become clear that no fruitful outcome will result from these talks, we are ceasing discussions.”

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Safe Tech International

By Roli / June 18, 2024 /

Currently, there is a mad rush to connect everything possible to the internet. Infrastructure is cropping up across the globe – millions of cell towers radiating homes, hundreds of thousands of satellites polluting the heavens, and an ocean teeming with technology.

We did not ask for a world where every person, “thing”, event, and moment in time is connected to the internet. Nor did we agree to our data being mined, monetized, and used to track, manipulate and control. We did not consent to the use of the ocean, heavens, and Earth for corporate self-gain and war nor do we agree to the irradiation of ourselves, the flora, and fauna,

Now is the time to stop unchecked wireless expansion on Earth, in the skies, and in the ocean and to ensure a safer technology future for all. Wired technologies are safe to us and to other life forms with whom we share this precious planet. Please join the growing movement of people calling for safer and wiser use of technology. .

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Los Angeles school board votes to ban smartphones

By Roli / June 18, 2024 /

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday voted to ban smartphones for its 429,000 students in an attempt to insulate kids from distractions and social media that undermine learning and hurt mental health.

The board of the second-largest U.S. school district voted 5-2, approving a resolution to develop within 120 days a policy prohibiting student use of cellphones and social media platforms. The policy would be in place by January 2025.

On Monday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for a warning label, opens new tab on social media platforms, akin to those on cigarette packages, citing what he considers a mental health emergency.

“I think it’s going to be a full-time job being the police of the phone,” Schmerelson said.

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UPDATED: Alberta government to restrict cellphones, social media in schools

By Valerie / June 17, 2024 /

The Alberta government will be prohibiting students from using cellphones during class time and banning access to social media sites in schools effective the 2024/2025 school year.

Alberta Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides said he is “confident that these restrictions will reduce distractions, maximize learning time, support student mental health, and reduce opportunities for cyberbullying.”

“The new rules will be in pl

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With Stanford Out, UW Steps Up for 2024 Election “Disinformation” Research

By Iron Will / June 17, 2024 /

If it looks like a duck… and in particular, quacks like a duck, it’s highly likely a duck. And so, even though the Stanford Internet Observatory is reportedly getting dissolved, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public (CIP) continues its activities. But that’s not all.

CIP headed the pro-censorship coalitions the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) and the Virality Project with the Stanford Internet Observatory, while the Stanford outfit was set up shortly before the 2020 vote with the goal of “researching misinformation.”

The groups led by both universities would publish their findings in real-time, no doubt, for maximum and immediate impact on voters. For some, what that impact may have been, or was meant to be, requires research and a study of its own. Many, on the other hand, are sure it targeted them.

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Alberta banning cellphones in classrooms starting next fall

By Iron Will / June 17, 2024 /

The province says cellphones and personal devices will no longer be allowed in Alberta classrooms next school year.

The change comes after nearly 70,000 people took part in an online survey weighing in on school cellphone and social media policies.

“The survey results were clear,” said Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides in a Monday afternoon update. “The use of cellphones is of significant concern and that additional measures should be taken to limit cellphone use in our classrooms.”

Effective this fall for the 2024-25 school year, all personal devices for students between kindergarten and Grade 12 will need to be turned off and out of sight during class time. Students will only be permitted to use the devices during breaks.

The province says there will be exceptions made for students who use mobile devices for health and medical needs.

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Alberta to Ban Cellphones in K-12 Classrooms Starting in Fall

By Iron Will / June 17, 2024 /

Alberta is moving to ban cellphones in kindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms starting in the fall.

Alberta Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides said on June 17 that cellphones help with learning but can also be a distraction and lead to cyberbullying.

He said there will be exceptions for students who use phones for health needs, such as monitoring blood sugar levels.

Otherwise, personal devices must be turned off and stored out of sight during class time. School internet networks will also have to limit access to social media, Mr. Nicolaides said.

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Federal Title IX Transgender Rule Blocked in 6 More States

By Iron Will / June 17, 2024 /

‘A rule that compels speech and engages in such viewpoint discrimination is impermissible,’ the judge wrote in the ruling.

A federal judge on June 17 issued an order temporarily blocking the Biden administration’s new Title IX transgender rule in an additional six states. The rule has sparked controversy for changing the definition of “sex” to include “gender identity” and giving female-identifying male students access to girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms.

“There are two sexes: male and female,” begins the memorandum and opinion written by U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves, filed on June 17 at the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Kentucky, Covington Division.
The judge’s order grants a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the new rule in six states: Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The rule has also been blocked in at least five other states.

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The death of a child with a disability at an Ontario school urgently calls for government action

By Iron Will / June 17, 2024 /

The recent death of an Ontario child with a disability while at school has reignited the debate about inclusive education.

The family of 16-year-old Landyn Ferris plans to launch a lawsuit after Ferris was allegedly left unattended in a padded room while he slept at his school in Trenton, Ont.

When checked on, Ferris was unresponsive. A family representative said the family had told the school he could have seizures and he needed to be properly supervised.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board said a comprehensive review of procedures and processes is underway. In a statement, Stephen Lecce, then-education minister, said “The police and school board have launched an investigation into this incident, and I know all parties will work together to ensure this tragedy does not occur again.”

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