There's something undeniably wholesome about the Steiner approach. In an age when toddlers are adept at using iPhones, the idea of children building shelters in the woods is profoundly attractive to parents. Access to television is restricted – under the homeschool agreement with parents, children are not meant to watch TV before the age of eight. There is no uniform; the children wear hoodies, sturdy trousers and plimsolls, and the canteen serves mainly vegetarian food. A homely vegetable curry spiced with mustard seeds is dish of the day when I visit. … [Read more...] about A different class: the expansion of Steiner schools
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Many teachers have been displaying great ingenuity in the way they have provided home support and online learning. The best models – such as the Oak National Academy, a hub of resources created by teachers – will still be highly relevant in the post-shutdown period. Meanwhile, the BBC has provided a magnificent range of resources with the backing of government and local authorities. Only the Beeb really has the reach, competence and multimedia capacity to rise to this challenge. … [Read more...] about Like the Open University, we now need an Open School for the whole country
For those who had already made it to university, there is a different set of challenges. Stripped of their social networks and plunged back into a childhood holding pattern, many are struggling. “My mental health was a lot better at uni,” says Claudia, 20, from Leeds. She is in the second year of a computer science degree but is currently self-isolating with her mother and sister at home. Lately, things have been strained. Having grown used to her freedom at university, Claudia finds it hard being told what to do. “We’ll be watching TV for a bit and Mum will say, ‘Right, you need to deep clean the kitchen,’” Claudia says. “You have to tiptoe round her. I think she’s getting obsessive about cleaning because she’s not sure what else to do. It makes me feel panicky when she gets like this. I don’t know what she’s going to be like, day to day.” … [Read more...] about ‘I’m stuck in limbo’: will the Covid generation of young people face long-term fallout?
Many states and school districts recognize the shortcomings of our current distance learning during the coronavirus quarantine, including children’s ability to maintain their focus and attention to online learning materials. Many school systems are already in discussion about how they can provide special education students with ongoing education during the summer, with some recognizing the need to provide up-to-date technology in the home for students with ADHD and LD. Other school districts are initiating training programs for executive-functioning skills designed to maximize what students can get from online learning. Schools also report the need to provide training to the parents of kids with special needs to take on the role of teachers aides. … [Read more...] about Will Distance Learning Produce a Coronavirus Virus Slump?
“The White House’s failure to mention the LGBTQ community in its World AIDS Day Proclamation reflects their ongoing efforts to avoid addressing the needs of LGBTQ people,” David Stacy, the director of government affairs for the Human Rights Campaign, told The Daily Beast. “This is part of a disturbing pattern of actions they have taken from attempting to ban transgender service members to issuing a sweeping license to discriminate. Further, Trump's continued attacks on access to health care and critical HIV programs have already set back efforts to combat this epidemic.” … [Read more...] about White House Proclaims World AIDS Day, Leaves Out LGBT People & People of Color