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Public-health experts say: Reopen schools! and other commentary

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Public-health experts: Reopen Schools ! Though no fans of President Trump, Harvard public-health professors Benjamin Sommers, Joseph Allen, Sarah Bleich and Jessica Cohen   agree with him in The Boston Globe : “Schools can — and should — reopen” in the fall. Just “listen to the science,” which shows that the spring school closures have, among other things, “led to months of lost learning and widened gaps in educational achievement.” At the same time, studies show children are “less likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19 ,” half as likely to “get infected in the first place” and “less likely than adults to” transmit it to others. Yes, schools would need to “implement proven risk-reduction strategies” — but that’s no reason to keep them closed. “Listen to the evidence,” in other words: Let kids learn in person. Culture critic: A Theocracy of the Woke “Woke-ism is fast becoming the new state religion,”  Ben Weingarten ­laments at Newsweek  — “the ultimate tool of cynical, radically

Children's Literacy Programs

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Literacy Boost While more children are in school today than ever before, many are not learning basic skills like reading once they get there. Save the Children's Literacy Boost is helping to change that by creating a culture of reading both inside and outside the classroom that dramatically improves children’s literacy development. Literacy Boost helps children learn to read and read to learn by: Measuring kids' reading skills  to see how well they know their ABCs, sound out words and letters, read and understand sentences. Training teachers  to help children crack the code of reading, keep students engaged and interested in reading books, and use games, songs and stories in literacy lessons. Getting communities involved in learning  by providing books, libraries and supplies, sponsoring camps, "reading buddies" and other learning activities For Kid Readers: Kids can practice reading with your parents and friends -- at home and at school. Visit your local library an

Girl's Education

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Every Girl Deserves a Chance to Learn A girl is not a statistic or a piece of property. She's a child who deserves a future.  Girls the world over face discrimination – just for being born a daughter and not a son. A girls education is less likely to be valued, and she’s more likely to be forced into early marriage, face violence or be stolen by traffickers. Her childhood cut short – her very life and future at risk. A girl’s education changes everything. An educated girl is more likely to grow up healthy, safe and empowered to determine the course of her life and future. She’ll decide when she’s ready for marriage and children. She’ll likely send her children to school – and even live a longer life. We understand the importance of education for girl children . We do whatever it takes to ensure every last child has a chance to grow up healthy, educated and safe – her best chance for a bright future.  With your help, we can educate girls who may not otherwise have the chance to lea

Schooling does not always lead to learning. Worldwide, there are more non-learners in school than out of school.

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What’s more, roughly one in five school-aged children are not in school at all . Children and adolescents are excluded from education for many reasons. Poverty remains one of the most obstinate barriers, with children from the poorest households almost five times more likely to be out of primary school than those from the richest. Children with disabilities and from ethnic minorities are also more likely to be left behind. For girls in some parts of the world, education opportunities can be especially limited . Only 66 per cent of countries have achieved gender parity in primary education. Harmful gender norms can have severe effects for boys, too. Location also keeps children from school. Children from rural areas are more than twice as likely to be out of primary school than their urban peers. In conflict zones, 27 million children are out of school.

Bacaan dan Tafsir AL-Qur'an Surat Muhammad Ayat 22 - 23

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Tafsir AL-Qur'an Surat Muhammad Ayat 22 . Dan seringkali kondisi kalian apabila kalian berpaling dari keimanan terhadap Allah dan ketaatan kepada-Nya bahwa kalian membuat kerusakan di bumi dengan kekufuran dan kemaksiatan serta kalian memutuskan hubungan silaturahmi, sebagaimana kondisi kalian pada jaman jahiliyah. Tafsir  AL-Qur'an  Surat Muhammad Ayat 23 . Orang-orang yang disebutkan mempunyai sifat-sifat merusak di bumi dan memutus tali silaturahmi adalah orang-orang yang dijauhkan Allah dari rahmat-Nya, telinga-telinga mereka ditulikan Allah dari mendengar kebenaran dengan pendengaran yang menerima dan pasrah, dan penglihatan mereka dibutakan Allah dari melihat kebenaran dengan penglihatan yang mengambil pelajaran

These are the colleges where black students really matter

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When New York’s black high school seniors return to school in the fall and start looking ahead to college admissions , historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) should be at the top of their lists. As protests over racism continue to ripple across the country, HBCUs offer a safe haven where young minds can feel truly embraced by a racially diverse faculty who will empower them for the future. According to US Department of Education  statistics , 75 percent of all black people with a doctorate degree (and four fifths of all black federal judges) received their undergraduate training at HBCUs. With typically lower tuition fees and a more integrated staff than traditionally white institutions, HBCUs are a more affordable and supportive way for black kids to level the playing field. Today, there are 107 HBCUs, and the majority of them are in the South, so NYC high school students have no choice but to look farther away from home to places like Claflin University, Morehouse Coll

Return to School During COVID-19

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A big question parents have right now is how students can go back to school safely during COVID-19. The latest American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)  advice  says children learn best when they are in school. However, returning to school needs careful steps in place to keep students and staff safe. Why students should go back to school–safely The AAP guidance is based on what pediatricians and infectious disease specialists know about COVID-19 and kid s. Evidence so far suggests that children and adolescents are less likely to have symptoms or severe disease from infection. They also appear less likely to become infected or spread the virus. Schools provide more than just academics to children and adolescents. In addition to reading, writing and math, children learn social and emotional skills, get exercise and access to mental health support and other things that cannot be provided with online learning. For many families, school is where kids get healthy meals, access to the internet,

Joe Biden's proposal says he wants schools to reopen this fall, but is 'safe'

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden “of course” wants schools to reopen this fall, a Biden campaign official tells The Post. The comments come as Biden’s 2020 rival, President Trump,  has begun promising to turn up the heat  on US governors to reopen public schools in the fall. “Of course he does,” the Team Biden source said when asked if the former vice president hoped schools would be able to return in the fall. “That’s why he’s been making these proposals and pressing Trump to act. But we need to ensure we can do it safely, in line with the recommendations of public health experts, and Trump keeps failing us on that score,” they added. Speaking from the White House on Tuesday, the commander-in-chief was adamant in his pledge that students would return to in-person classes in the fall. “We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open. It’s very important,” he said at a White House event  on school reopenings . “So we ar

What Are Childhood Mental Disorders?

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Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. Mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities.  This website provides information about children’s mental health .  Learn more about specific child mental health conditions, treatments, prevention, and public health research on children’s mental health. Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, which cause distress and problems getting through the day. Many children occasionally have problems like fears and worries, or disruptive behaviors. If symptoms are severe and persistent, and interfere with school, home, or play activities, the child may be diagnosed with a mental disorder. Among the more common mental disorders that can be diagnosed in childhood are at

Children's Mental Health Research

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CDC and partner agencies are working to understand the  prevalence  of mental disorders in children and how they impact their lives . Currently, it is not known exactly how many children have any mental disorder , or how often different disorders occur together, because no national dataset is available that looks at all mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders together. Research on prevalence Using different data sources Healthcare providers, public health researchers, educators, and policy makers can get information about the prevalence of children’s mental health disorders from a variety of sources. Data sources, such as national surveys, community-based studies, and administrative claims data (like healthcare insurance claims), use different study methods and provide different types of information, each with advantages and disadvantages. Advantages and disadvantages for different data sources include the following: National surveys have large sample sizes that are needed to create

Home sale prices from San Jose area and Peninsula, June 2020

Residential transactions in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties 12900 Atherton Court, Los Altos Hills 94022; sold June 3 for $5.35 million; 5083 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Built in 1980, 1½-acre lot. High-ceilinged living room opens on to entertainment deck. Great room/kitchen with large island. Master suite on main floor has sitting room with fireplace. Lower floor has family room, kitchenette, 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms that open onto rear patio. Pool with deck, tennis court, garden area with paths. Three-car garage, off-street parking accommodates oversize vehicles. On six-home cul-de-sac off Robleda Road, across I-280 from Foothill College. One mile to downtown Los Altos. In boundaries for Los Altos High, 2 miles away. Previous sales: $3.74 million in 2014, $800,000 in 1985, $555,000 in 1981. Residential transactions in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. Click  here  to browse previous weeks’ transactions. PDF version at bottom of this file Aptos