Editorial: New education fad leaves kids depressed

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 01:09:52 GMT

Editorial: New education fad leaves kids depressed There are many reasons to be depressed about public education in America. But the craze that has swept through public schools is actually increasing depression among students.You may have heard about social and emotional learning. It’s the major trend in public education and has gained steam over the past decade. It’s intention is to help students “acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions,” according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.That’s a murky scramble of buzzwords and catchphrases that only an academic could love. Such pseudo-sophisticates are well-represented among the education establishment. In intelligible terms, SEL aims to make students better people, which, in theory, will improve academic outcomes.These goals are c...

What to gift the young professional on your list

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 01:09:52 GMT

What to gift the young professional on your list Holiday shoppers relish the moment when a loved one unwraps a gift and immediately smiles. Hitting the nail on the head in regard to a holiday gift is its own reward, and there’s no shame in looking around for some inspiration to find a gift loved ones will truly cherish.Shopping for young professionals this holiday season could be a little tricky, as changes sparked by the pandemic continue to affect work environments. However, shoppers can still find gifts to make young professionals happy this holiday season.Home office essentialsMany businesses have welcomed workers back to the office, but some are taking a hybrid approach to being in the office. Many professionals who once went into the office five days a week are now spending one or two days a week at home. Others may still be working remotely full-time.Take this into consideration when shopping for young professionals and look for some basic home office essentials. A comfortable office chair, a monitor that can be paire...

Leahy: Trade reforms needed to compete with China

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 01:09:52 GMT

Leahy: Trade reforms needed to compete with China The recent meeting between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, came amid growing concerns that China is surpassing the United States as a global innovation leader.This is no accident. China has consistently invested in the foundation of its innovation economy and is reaping the benefits. Now, the United States must do the same, or risk being left behind.Nowhere is the U.S. failure to support our own innovative industries more obvious than in the intellectual property abuses that are festering at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), as unfair trade practices investigations have repeatedly set back American innovation and economic productivity.The ITC’s investigations have been in the spotlight lately. In October, the agency ruled that the Apple Watch infringes on a patent held by the medical device company Masimo and issued an import ban that would prevent Apple Watches from being sold in...

Dear Abby: Wedding invite comes with job duties

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 01:09:52 GMT

Dear Abby: Wedding invite comes with job duties Dear Abby: I was invited to my nephew’s wedding out of state and accepted the invitation. It’s a four-hour drive. My son wasn’t interested in attending, and my boyfriend wasn’t sure he could attend due to work travel. The mother of the bride informed me that she had decided to “put” an elderly relative in my room with me, claiming they were now out of rooms. (She’s known to be miserly and dishonest.)There was no offer to share costs, and it was assumed that I’d transport, dress and monitor the relative. I ended up declining the invitation, and I regret not being at my nephew’s wedding. My boyfriend was able to attend but, by then, I couldn’t make an appropriate room arrangement. Thoughts? — Skipped It in the EastDear Skipped It: Just this: Because you felt the mother of the bride should have asked your permission rather than “tell” you her plan was for you to babysit the relative, you were within your righ...

Snow blankets northern China, closing roads and schools and suspending train service

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 01:09:52 GMT

Snow blankets northern China, closing roads and schools and suspending train service BEIJING (AP) — Overnight snowfall across much of northern China prompted road closures and the suspension of classes and train service on Monday.A red alert for a blizzard was in effect until mid-morning in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, and schools were closed there and in two other cities in Henan, state broadcaster CCTV reported. The Zhengzhou airport was also closed until 11 a.m.A total of 134 road sections in 12 provinces, including 95 on highways, were closed as of 7 a.m. because of snowfall and icy conditions, CCTV said. Several trains in two parts of Shanxi province were suspended.It was the first significant snowfall this year in much of China, outside of mountainous areas and in the northeast near the border with Russia’s Siberia.A thin layer of snow blanketed rooftops and parked cars in downtown Beijing. The roads were mostly clear and workers swept remaining snow from the sidewalks. The Beijing Public Transport Group said that 187 bus routes were suspend...

Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ still dominates the holiday charts

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 01:09:52 GMT

Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ still dominates the holiday charts NEW YORK (AP) — If anything about Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” annoys you, best to avoid shopping malls now. Or the radio. Maybe music altogether, for that matter.Her 1994 carol dominates holiday music like nothing else.The Christmas colossus has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart the past four years in a row — measuring the most popular songs each week by airplay, sales and streaming, not just the holiday-themed — and it’s reasonable to assume 2023 will be no different. One expert predicts it will soon exceed $100 million in earnings. Even its ringtone has sold millions.“That song is just embedded in history now,” says David Foster, the 16-time Grammy-winning composer and producer. “It’s embedded in Christmas. When you think of Christmas right now, you think of that song.”Yet the story behind “All I Want for Christmas is You” is not all holly and mistletoe.The song’s co-authors, Carey and Walter Afanasieff, are in a mystifying feud. The authors of a diff...

Negotiators, activists and officials ramp up the urgency as climate talks enter final days

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 01:09:52 GMT

Negotiators, activists and officials ramp up the urgency as climate talks enter final days DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Delegates at the United Nations climate talks have little time left to decide how the world plans to cap planet-warming emissions and keep the worst of warming at bay, ramping up the urgency as new drafts were expected on key outcomes of the summit. Simon Stiell, the executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, told journalists Monday morning that the “climate wolves” remained at the world’s doors as negotiations reach their climax at the summit.“We do not have a minute to lose in this crucial final stretch and none of us have had much sleep,” Stiell said. He added that “the areas where options need to be negotiated have narrowed significantly,” in particular how to reduce planet-warming emissions and the “transition with the proper means of support to deliver it.”When asked directly if it was a possibility that negotiators could leave Dubai without a deal, Stiell did not deny that could happen.“One thing is for certain: ...

Teachers have been outed for moonlighting in adult content. Do they have legal recourse?

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 01:09:52 GMT

Teachers have been outed for moonlighting in adult content. Do they have legal recourse? At a small rural Missouri high school, two English teachers shared a secret: Both were posting adult content on OnlyFans, the subscription-based website known for sexually explicit content.The site and others like it provide an opportunity for those willing to dabble in pornography to earn extra money — sometimes lots of it. The money is handy, especially in relatively low-paying fields like teaching, and many post the content anonymously while trying to maintain their day jobs.But some outed teachers, as well as people in other prominent fields such as law, have lost their jobs, raising questions about personal freedoms and how far employers can go to avoid stigma related to their employees’ after-hour activities.At St. Clair High School southwest of St. Louis, it all came crashing down this fall for 28-year-old Brianna Coppage and 31-year-old Megan Gaither. “You’re tainted and seen as a liability,” Gaither lamented on Facebook after she was suspended. Coppage resigned. The industr...

Embattled wolves gain a new frontier in Democratic Colorado. The move is stoking political tensions

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 01:09:52 GMT

Embattled wolves gain a new frontier in Democratic Colorado. The move is stoking political tensions DENVER, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials plan to release gray wolves in Colorado in coming weeks, at the behest of urban voters and to the dismay of rural residents who don’t want the predators but have waning influence in the Democratic-led state.The most ambitious wolf reintroduction effort in the U.S. in almost three decades marks a sharp departure from aggressive efforts by Republican-led states to cull wolf packs. More releases planned for Colorado over the next several years will start to fill in one of the last remaining major gaps in the western U.S. for a species that historically ranged from northern Canada to the desert southwest.The reintroduction, starting with the release of up to 10 wolves, emerged as a political wedge issue when GOP-dominated Wyoming, Idaho and Montana refused to share their wolves for the effort. Colorado officials ultimately turned to another Democratic state — Oregon — to secure wolves.As anticipation grows among wildlife advocates, who’...

Biden to host Hanukkah ceremony at the White House amid fears about rising antisemitism

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 01:09:52 GMT

Biden to host Hanukkah ceremony at the White House amid fears about rising antisemitism WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is hosting a White House reception Monday to mark Hanukkah, celebrating the holiday as he has continued to denounce rising antisemitism in the U.S. and abroad amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.The president, first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff will attend the reception. Hanukkah continues through Friday.The Biden administration in May announced what it called the first-ever national strategy to counter antisemitism. That laid out more than 100 actions, including a series of steps to raise awareness and understanding of antisemitism and the threat it poses around the U.S. Still, antisemitism has only intensified in some quarters since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas and other militants sparked Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza, which faces heightened criticism for the mounting Palestinian death toll. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of an impending “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza and urged its members to de...

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