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The New York Times Drops A 100 Megaton Print Bomb On One Donald J. Trump.

Why the redacted affidavit for the search of Trump’s home is so concerning

The newly released affidavit sheds light on the classified documents at the center of Trump’s growing legal problems.

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You Can’t Read That!

(…) Public librarians can, and normally do, ignore outside pressure to ban books. Now, though, right-wing and religious book banners, learning from their battles with school districts and boards, are beginning to pressure public libraries through the political boards that govern their funding (and, to be sure, doxing, harassing, and threatening librarians).

The crowbar they’re using to break into public libraries and pry books from the shelves is one they’ve found effective against school districts and boards: protecting children. Protecting children, that is, from “pornography” in LGBTQ-themed books and graphic novels. (…)

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Por cá muito disto foi chegando com atraso. Por vezes de décadas, mas acabou por chegar.

I think the story of America after World War II is the story of a country that suddenly found itself more affluent and realized that knowledge and technology and learning were the key to getting ahead. Because of that understanding, you saw this massive investment during the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s in higher education—in building new dorms and hiring professors; enrollment increased exponentially during those years. Since then, you’ve seen a backlash, driven by the right, in terms of what liberal education does to the minds of our young people. That’s really influenced the way we fund higher education. And that resentment, ultimately, became baked into what’s become the modern conservative movement in this country.

(…) One of the most dramatic statistics I found was from UCLA, which for decades has done a big national opinion survey of incoming freshmen. One of the things they ask is, basically, what’s the purpose of college? In 1969, 82 percent of freshmen said the main purpose was to develop a meaningful philosophy of life. And by 1985, or 16 years later, that number plunged in half, to like 43 percent. And the top answer that replaced it was to be “very well-off financially.”

You saw this play out in practical ways. Majors in the humanities and social sciences plummeted in the ’70s and ’80s. And business, and other more career-oriented majors, took precedence. There were a couple of things going on there. One is the American economy changed. In the ’60s, when there were jobs available for anybody, it was easy to think that I’m going to college to develop a philosophy of life. By the ’80s, people felt this pressure to learn skills in college that would help them get a good enough career to stay in the middle class.

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Nearly all of the 20 largest US school districts will offer online schooling options this fall. Over half of them will be offering more full-time virtual school programs than they did before the pandemic. The trend seems likely to continue or accelerate, according to an analysis by Chalkbeat.

That’s a problem. School closings over the last two years have inflicted severe educational and emotional damage on American students. Schools should now be focusing on creative ways to fill classrooms, socialize kids and convey the joy of collaborative learning — not on providing opportunities to stay home.

Por Cá A Tendência É Um Pouco A Inversa

Veja-se a caça ideológica ao JPPereira. Não é por causa de livros, mas do desvario categorizante de tudo e mais alguma coisa. È ridículo recusarem-se rótulos e depois andar a colar rótulos em tudo.

Educators who stand up to conservative activists are being harassed and called “groomers” online, turning them into potential targets for real-world violence.

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The COVID-19 pandemic prompted unprecedented, rapid changes in the way states collect, report, and share education data internally, according to a report from the Education Commission of the States. 

Many states began gathering new or more up-to-date information on student attendance, whether students were learning online, student access to technology, and other topics. 

Some of that information made it into newly created public dashboards. Pandemic relief funding also allowed states to update their data infrastructure, with some states planning to spend millions on new systems.