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Scott Atlas joined Ben Domenech to discuss the data surrounding schools reopening and the dangers of not following the science. Atlas is a fellow in scientific philosophy and public policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a member of Hoover’s Working Group on Health Care Policy, and the former head of neuroradiology at Stanford Medical School.

Atlas laid out multiple points of scientific evidence indicating the necessity of reopening schools. This included the documented facts that children are young people are at low risk of developing COVID-19 themselves and they’re at low risk of spreading it to others. Furthermore, he said, school closures are extremely harmful to children’s health in different ways, especially in that distance learning has proven to be a failure.

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I won’t pretend that I have a singularly unique quarantine story, or even one anywhere near the hardest. Life could be much, much worse and I am supremely grateful, above all else, that I got a choice in how this happened. When my university decided to move online, a few days after Yale and Columbia began demanding that their exchange students return and we had the first two confirmed coronavirus cases on our campus, my parents began making plans for me to come home before it became impossible. I said no. There were still exams I had to sit in May, I said, and there was no way I was going to be able to study with everyone home, or take my last three weeks of classes over Zoom with our unstable internet connection. One of my classes had yet to go online, and I didn’t want to leave and miss a tutorial. Flight prices were going to skyrocket. And these were all true enough, especially the excuse about exams, but I stayed mostly to keep my family safe. 

This was the first winter and spring in all I could remember that my dad hadn’t caught pneumonia, hadn’t ended up with an inhaler or at the ER, struggling to breathe. So I, who had almost definitely been exposed to the virus on campus, and if not there in our university’s city at large, was going to make a long train trip and go through two airports, one that had been host to thousands of Americans on the continent from heavily infected countries escaping while they still had time, to come home? To potentially kill or do irreparable harm someone I loved? Hell. No. 

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Young people around the world were asked to leave school Friday as part of a Global Climate Strike. Some kids will see this as simply an excuse to miss school but others fully embrace the cause. So, what is the cause?

Obviously, there is the standard “Save the Planet” rhetoric we have heard forever. Looking at the site for the group Youth Climate Strike, I see there are some other issues I might not have guessed. Here are a few samples:

Jim Geraghty of National Review and guest host Gregory Knapp discuss the Mexican government deploying 10,000 troops to the border to crack down on illegal immigration to the U.S. They cover the real concentration camps that the Chinese have constructed. And they discuss Bernie Sanders’ plan to wipe out all student loans.

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Has anyone heard about what happened to all the students whose parents paid bribes and test-takers to get them into elite colleges? Why doesn’t someone follow up on all the kids involved, and do a story about what happened to them all, once they were admitted to colleges under false pretenses? If their test scores […]

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Max Eden joins Seth Barron to discuss student discipline and suspension policies, and how discipline “reform” has led to chaos in many classrooms.

In January 2014, in an attempt to reduce out-of-school suspensions, an Obama administration directive forced thousands of American schools to change their discipline policies. Proponents of the new discipline rules say that teachers and school administrators have been racially discriminatory in meting out punishments, creating a massive disparity in suspension rates between white and black students. Their claims, however, ignore the significant discrepancies in student behavior.

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Do you know what all the women above have in common? They are all teachers, at K-12 level, who have been arrested for having sexual relationships with their students. All of those students were under 18 years of age. A teacher has power over her students, so can order them to do things that they […]

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Recorded on July 24, 2017
With schools in session across the country, Hoover senior fellow Paul Peterson details this year’s survey of American education by Education Next. Among the more notable results: teachers are wary of their colleagues’ performance; parents are increasingly dissatisfied with charter schools.

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Students’ talking out of turn or walking around the room without permission can seem insignificant. What harm is there if a student calls out a good answer or someone wanders over to sharpen his pencil during your lesson?* But if you have made clear in your stated expectations for behavior that students are not to […]

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There are two common student behaviors that seem benign, but are obstacles to a smooth-running day. In Techniques Five and Six of “Maintaining Your Stated Expectations,” I’ll explore these behaviors and demonstrate why allowing them causes disruption. You’ll learn one or two preventative measures, too.  Preview Open

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The Dodo bird was prevalent on an isolated island that was a safe space from many predators. When European explorers discovered this rather good natured, plump, and flightless bird it was in no way prepared for what was to come. The poor, hapless bird didn’t know enough to protect itself (nor was it very capable […]

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I got this idea reading @marcin ‘s comment on a group writing post. She says this: Several eons ago, I ran an art exhibit for students at our local middle school. I invited about twelve local artists to come to our middle school and work for the day so the kids could meet them and […]

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We’re in Step Five of having a calm, productive day as a substitute teacher, and we haven’t even talked about teaching math or literature or writing yet. So far, you’ve adopted a teacher mindset, staked out your territory, prepared for the day, and taken a proactive approach as the students entered the room. Yet in this series, […]

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What it feels like to win! Behind the scenes at a Hollywood private election party where the unexpected happened. What now? Special guest, @6foot2inhighheels Melissa Praemonitus returns to WhiskeyPolitics to discuss the future of conservative activism, what should be Trump’s first to-do, being surrounded by unhappy UCLA students, what happens with President Trump with a GOP […]

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The standard line is that the rising cost of post-secondary education is saddling millenial grads with unmanageable mountains of debt. Now, while it’s true that the cost of post-secondary education has risen way faster than the rate of inflation, and that students are taking on debt to pay for it all, it’s also true that […]

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