Why this international medical student at Harvard is losing faith in the ‘American dream’

This month, the administration announced international students — who pump more than $40 billion into the U.S. economy every year — must take in-person classes this fall or they will be forced to either leave the United States or transfer to another college.

The policy — strongly criticized by schools, legislators, education groups and others — appears to be part of President Trump’s effort to force schools at all levels to fully reopen this fall even while the coronavirus pandemic is raging in many states. He has attacked colleges planning to offer only virtual classes, and said he would put

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What pediatricians’ group really said about opening schools

Educators and pediatricians share the goal of children returning safely to school this fall. Our organizations are committed to doing everything we can so that all students have the opportunity to safely resume in-person learning.

We recognize that children learn best when physically present in the classroom. But children get much more than academics at school. They also learn social and emotional skills at school, get healthy meals and exercise, mental health support and other services that cannot be easily replicated online. Schools also play a critical role in addressing racial and social inequity. Our nation’s response to COVID-19 has

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Lost Learning Time Compounds Over Summers. Students Are Taking an Extra Hit Right Now – Inside School Research

More than half of students consistently experience summer learning loss throughout their primary grades, finds a large new national longitudinal study, with compounding summer deficits leaching away on average nearly 40 percent of students’ yearly progress.

Allison Atteberry of the University of Colorado-Boulder and Andrew McEachain of the RAND Corp., co-authors of the new study in the American Educational Research Journal, analyzed the progress of nearly 18 million students in 7,500 districts who participated in the math or English/language arts tests from NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress from 2008 to 2016. 

As the charts below show, the researchers found students’

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Lead Employees & Unite Communities with the Power of Prevention

Discovery Education and DEA Offer Opioid Prevention Resources for the Workplace & Beyond 

On a mission to provide educational resources to end the U.S. opioid epidemic through no-cost substance misuse prevention resources, Operation Prevention was developed in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to empower educators to tackle the opioid misuse conversation with students.  Educating our youth about substance misuse is increasingly critical in this current stressful environment.   

In an effort to extend prevention education beyond the classroom, a new  workplace learning series has been introduced to help raise awareness and knowledge

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The case against reopening schools — by a teacher

In the earlier piece, the author, a former award-winning principal, Carol Burris, cited recent guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics that said districts should do everything they can to bring students back into classrooms. She wrote:

Students at risk can easily slip through cracks. Due to the isolation of remote learning, those cracks have become crevices. Anecdotally, pediatricians are reporting rises in depression, obesity, and stress disorders as well as young children having heart palpitations absent a physical cause.

Research tells us that socially isolated children and adolescents are at risk of depression and anxiety. We know that too

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Some states, districts postpone school reopening

Arizona is one of four states that White House health adviser Deborah Birx said on Wednesday should reimpose strict restrictions on the public because of coronavirus infections, including decreasing the size of crowds both inside and outside to 10 people or fewer. The other states are Florida, California and Texas. According to data tracked by The Washington Post, thousands of new cases in Arizona and Florida pushed the country’s total number of confirmed cases past 3 million on Wednesday.

Trump this week began pressuring school districts to open five days a week for all children, and he threatened to withhold

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Charter, private schools win millions of dollars from federal coronavirus aid

The Small Business Administration and Treasury Department released data on Monday — after significant pressure — on the organizations that took money from its $660 billion small-business relief program, known as the Paycheck Protection Program, and how much in loans they each received. Loans can be forgiven if most of the money is used to pay employees.

You can look through the database here.

Along with charter schools — which are publicly funded but privately operated — and private schools, the Post database shows that the Trump administration took a very broad view of who should receive help from

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Being safe and feeling safe aren’t the same thing — and the difference will matter when schools open

This post looks at the issue of safety through a different lens. Written by Barry Svigals and Sam Seidel of Stanford University, it looks at what it means to be safe at school, and making the point that nobody can accomplish that for students if they don’t really understand what being safe means to students.

Svigals is currently a Reimagining School Safety fellow at the Stanford Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, known as the d.school, which is design thinking institute based at Stanford. He is also founder of Svigals+Partners, the architectural firm that designed the new Sandy

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Experts say face masks are essential — but some schools won’t require them this fall

Cloth face coverings protect others if the wearer is infected with SARS CoV-2 and is not aware. Cloth masks may offer some level of protection for the wearer. Evidence continues to mount on the importance of universal face coverings in interrupting the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Although ideal, universal face covering use is not always possible in the school setting for many reasons. Some students, or staff, may be unable to safely wear a cloth face covering because of certain medical conditions (eg, developmental, respiratory, tactile aversion, or other conditions) or may be uncomfortable, making the consistent use of cloth face

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