George Santos once bragged about having no student debt from a school he never actually attended: 'I hate looking at youth today and seeing them sitting on their behinds'
Rep. Santos, who has been caught in a web of lies regarding his resume, never actually went to NYU despite his prior claims of an M.B.A. from there.news.yahoo.com
NYU professor fired after students said class was too hard urges 'tough love' from college, end to 'coddling'
A New York University professor who was fired after students petitioned that his class was too challenging is speaking out, saying that colleges need to give students a little "tough love."foxnews.com
Hope, Grand Valley women basketball advance, Ferris men eliminated
It’s on to the Final Four for the Hope College women’s basketball team. Kenedy Schoonveld scored 21 points while Sydney Muller and Olivia Voskuil added 14 and 10 points, respectively. Grand Valley 74, Drury 69The Lakers have advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship for the second time in four seasons. Grand Valley will play Walsh on Monday at 7 p.m. in Ashland, with a trip to the Elite 8 on the line. Grand Valley led 52-50 in the fourth quarter before going on an 8-0 run.mlive.com
Atata island survivor on ordeal after Tonga tsunami
The Tongan island of Atata has been devastated after the huge volcanic eruption and tsunami that struck the Pacific nation on Saturday. Atata has a population of about 70 people and the tsunami destroyed the island, leaving hardly anything standing but the island's Mormon church, where many of the villagers had taken shelter. (Jan. 21)news.yahoo.com
How Social-Justice Education Coddles Young Minds
A parent, Ndona Muboyayi, recently told Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic the following story about her son: “My son has wanted to be a lawyer since he was 11. Then one day he came home and told me, ‘But Mommy, there are these systems put in place that prevent Black people from accomplishing anything.’ That’s what they’re teaching Black kids: that all of this time for the past 400 years, this is what [white people have] done to you and your people. The narrative is, ‘You can’t get ahead.’” Such stories are becoming more prevalent today, with the rise of what are often referred to as “social-justice educators” in the classroom. These teachers are typically concerned with equity in education — how to reckon with the unequal distribution of resources and services to achieve equal educational outcomes across students. Many believe that education is intersectional: “We cannot talk about schools, without addressing race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, and politics, because education is a political act,” wrote Crystal Belle, a teacher-education director at Rutgers University–Newark. Their goal, as Belle put it, is to use “curriculum as a primary mechanism for making the world a more equitable place.” This goal sounds nice. But too often in practice the perspectives of these teachers regarding race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, and politics take precedence in teaching and learning over eliciting and developing the worldviews of their students. Such teachers shield students from practices, ideas, or words that they perceive as harmful, and punish students who inflict harm. Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, in their article and subsequent book The Coddling of the American Mind, call this “vindictive protectiveness.” According to Lukianoff and Haidt, vindictive protectiveness creates “a culture in which everyone must think twice before speaking up, lest they face charges of insensitivity, aggression, or worse.” Critical thinking encourages “students to question their own unexamined beliefs, as well as the received wisdom of those around them,” which sometimes leads to discomfort on the way to understanding but ultimately prepares them for civic engagement and professional life. Vindictive protectiveness, on the other hand, prepares young people “poorly for professional life, which often demands intellectual engagement with people and ideas one might find uncongenial or wrong.” The #DisruptTexts movement is one such example of vindictive protectiveness by social-justice educators. #DisruptTexts is a grassroots movement that aims to “challenge the traditional canon in order to create a more inclusive, representative, and equitable language arts curriculum.” The movement advocates for “curriculum and instructional practices that are culturally responsive and antiracist.” In practice, this involves curriculum changes to replace the traditional canon, books such as The Odyssey, with non-traditional books that are believed to better represent the lives of their non-white students, such as Before the Ever After. Or, if the traditional texts are taught, teachers are to do so through a social-justice framework, asking their students questions such as: “How does this text support or challenge issues of representation, fairness, or justice? How does this text perpetuate or subvert dominant power dynamics and ideologies?” These questions impose a particular perspective about the text and leave little room for student interpretation. This approach restricts student understanding of the text to that of their teacher, which is more about indoctrination than teaching. Perhaps elements of the text do make students uncomfortable. However, if this discomfort arises, teachers should aid their students in understanding the context and questioning their discomfort, rather than “disrupting” the text so that they feel no discomfort. By disrupting potential discomfort, educators are perpetuating what Lukianoff and Haidt call the “untruth of fragility: what doesn’t kill you makes you weaker.” Assuming that students will be harmed by a text, then subsequently protecting them from this perceived harm by telling them how to interpret the text, will make them more fragile, less resilient, and less capable of engaging in critical thinking. As Lukianoff and Haidt stressed in their book, humans are antifragile: “They require stressors and challenges in order to learn, adapt, and grow.” If students are not given the opportunity to challenge their own perspectives and assumptions and understand the perspectives and assumptions of others, their thinking will become “rigid, weak, and inefficient.” They will be unable to cope with intellectual challenges that cause discomfort when they leave the protective umbrella of school. And, it turns out, students may be more capable than teachers of discussing difficult ideas. In her book Controversy in the Classroom, Diana Hess, professor of curriculum and instruction at University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Education, describes a scenario in which adults become more emotional when discussing controversial topics than high school students. When a high-school teacher gathered parents, community members, and students to discuss whether physician-assisted suicide should be legal, students used more factual evidence to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the policy, while the adults used personal experiences to express support or dissent for the policy. Certainly, both adults and children often use emotional reasoning instead of evidence to evaluate and make claims, but like the adults in Hess’s study, teachers come to the classroom with more life experiences than their students, which colors their worldview. Young people are capable of interrogating ideas, even those that may cause some discomfort. They need adults to provide them with the skills to discuss ideas, but they don’t need teachers to police what ideas are up for discussion, nor how they should be understood and discussed. Educators must try to present information and react to students in a way that promotes critical thinking in their students, rather than unnecessarily protecting and imposing views on their students. This can be done by teaching the stages of analytic reading and encouraging students to follow these stages while reading and engaging in dialogue. Analytic reading requires students to understand a written work’s arguments, the terms on which they are made, and whether they are true in whole or part before making any criticism of the book. By following these stages, students will engage in the self-guided process of discovery to either agree or disagree with arguments based on facts and reason, not opinion. This process is better suited to build the resiliency necessary to be intellectually anti-fragile than is disrupting a text to avoid the rigorous task of analyzing and grappling with the big, potentially uncomfortable, ideas that the text presents.news.yahoo.com
North Carolina governor pardons man wrongfully convicted of murder
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday granted a pardon of innocence to a man who had been in prison since 1995 for two murders he didn't commit.The state of play: Darryl Anthony Howard, now 59, can file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission to receive up to $750,000 in restitution, AP reports.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeBackground: Howard was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder for the 1991 deaths of Doris Washington, 29, and her 13-year-old daughter Nishonda, as well as first-degree arson, per AP. He was sentenced to two consecutive 40-year terms.The victims also appeared to have been sexually assaulted. In 2009, Howard's attorneys tested rape kits related to the case and found new evidence that pointed to other suspects. While his sentence was thrown out in 2014, Howard remained in prison through August 2016 after DNA evidence proved he was not involved in the crimes. He was then exonerated and freed, per the News & Observer.The big picture: This is Cooper's sixth pardon of innocence since taking office in 2017, the governor's office said.What he's saying: "It is important to continue our efforts to reform the justice system and to acknowledge wrongful convictions," Cooper said, according to the News & Observer. More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freenews.yahoo.com
Whites-only church tries to silence critic, is rebuffed by Minn. judge
A judge has rejected an attempt by the priest of a whites-only church to silence a critic who has spoken out against the arrival of the Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA) in Murdock, Minn. In her ruling, issued Thursday, Kandiyohi County District Judge Stephanie Beckman wrote that criticism of the controversial church is "a matter of public concern," and that critics were engaged in "education and ...news.yahoo.com
University staff given list of banned 'microinsults' they cannot say to trans people
University lecturers have been told not to say "I wanted to be a boy when I was a child" to transgender people, under a list of "microinsults" in new guidance. Edinburgh University has drawn up phrases that staff cannot use, including saying "all women hate their periods" and "all people think about being the opposite gender sometimes". Scholars should also not place "excess focus on anatomical sex markers". These are "microaggressions" that "negate or nullify the thoughts, feelings or lived reality of trans and non-binary people" and undermine their transition to different genders, according to the guidance. It comes as several Russell Group universities are training scholars on "cisgender privilege", where people whose birth sex aligns with their current gender identity are said to enjoy structural advantages in British society. In diversity training documents, Newcastle University tells staff: "Being cisgender comes with social privilege. That's even for people who are socially disadvantaged in other ways." Imperial College and LSE also remind lecturers to use their "cis" and "gender-straight privilege" to be trans allies. But academics told The Telegraph that an obsession with gender identity on campus risks "morally blackmailing" students and relegating "less woke" inequalities. Prof Matthew Goodwin, an expert on class inequality, said: "Britain’s universities, like universities across Western democracies, skew strongly to the left. Conservatives represent about 10 per cent of UK academia. "This is creating a ‘mono-culture’ that is often only interested in specific aspects of equality-diversity while routinely downplaying or ignoring other aspects, such as the underrepresentation of white working-class children. It also leads academics to hide or ‘self-censor’ their views due to fears of being ostracised." Other "microinsults" in Edinburgh’s guidance include saying "you’re either man or a woman", "you’re just dressing for effect" or uttering "you’re just trying to be special". Another is engaging in "avoidant behaviour" around trans people. If staff witness such remarks they should "disarm the microaggression, step in and stop or deflect" by stating the university’s standards of conduct, and "educate the offender" by teaching them to "recognise their biases", according to the guidance.news.yahoo.com
Feds Had Backup Plan to Arrest and Charge Derek Chauvin All Along: Report
The Justice Department reportedly had a contingency plan to arrest former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the case he was found not guilty for the murder of George Floyd, and will move ahead with charges of civil rights violations against Chauvin and the three other ex-cops involved in Floyd’s death. According to sources who spoke to the Minneapolis Tribune, prosecutors out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota and the Justice Department have been building out their own criminal case in private before a grand jury. If the jury of 23 votes to indict, Chauvin and the others — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — will face new charges in federal court. For Chauvin, the case not only relates to his involvement in Floyd’s death, but also to a 2017 incident in which the former cop allegedly hit a 14-year-old repeatedly with his flashlight while arresting him, and subsequently knelt on his back while the teenager complained that he could not breathe. Federal authorities also developed a plan to file a criminal complaint and take Chauvin into custody at the courthouse in the case of a mistrial or a not-guilty verdict, sources told the paper. Earlier this month, Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, after a little over ten hours of jury deliberation, and now faces sentencing of up to 40 years in prison. The New York Times reported Thursday that eleven of the 12 jurors were immediately ready to convict Chauvin. One day after the verdict, the Justice Department announced that it will be conducting a civil investigation into the Minneapolis police department to determine if it “engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing,” according to Attorney General Merrick Garland.news.yahoo.com
Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool
The researchers say the disputed tool is vital to understanding how Facebook has been used as a conduit for disinformation and manipulation. In an Oct. 16 letter to the researchers, a Facebook executive demanded they disable a special plug-in for Chrome and Firefox browsers used by 6,500 volunteers across the United States and delete the data obtained. The executive, Allison Hendrix, said the tool violates Facebook rules prohibiting automated bulk collection of data from the site. “The public has a right to know what political ads are being run and how they are being targeted. The company has resisted allowing researchers access to the platform, where right-wing content has consistently been trending in recent weeks.
Record melt: Greenland lost 586 billion tons of ice in 2019
After two years when summer ice melt had been minimal, last summer shattered all records with 586 billion tons (532 billion metric tons) of ice melting, according to satellite measurements reported in a study Thursday. Thats far more than the yearly average loss of 259 billion tons (235 billion metric tons) since 2003 and easily surpasses the old record of 511 billion tons (464 billion metric tons) in 2012, said a study in Nature Communications Earth & Environment. Last years Greenland melt added 0.06 inches (1.5 millimeters) to global sea level rise. While general ice melt records in Greenland go back to 1948, scientists since 2003 have had precise records on how much ice melts because NASA satellites measure the gravity of the ice sheets. As massive as the melt was last year, the two years before were only on average about 108 billion tons (98 billion metric tons).
Cornell and Columbia join NYU to allow medical students to graduate early to join coronavirus fight
Now, at least three New York City medical schools have made an unprecedented move to aid in the battle against the pandemic. The school reassured its students that they were ready for their important role in the fight against COVID-19. "We are proud of these medical students who are eager to mobilize and help." Last week, New York University's Grossman School of Medicine announced that they were fast-forwarding the graduation time frame. Over 76,000 medical professionals have signed up to bulk up the health care force, including retired doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists.cbsnews.com
Some NYU medical students will be allowed to graduate early to join the fight against coronavirus
Now, one New York City medical school has made an unprecedented move to aid in the battle against the pandemic. The email details that students will be paid as interns and that they will join the workforce as soon as April. New York is calling on qualified health care professionals to join our health care reserve. Enlist here: https://t.co/aogtjOWEFP https://t.co/Z9Hm0TrXNT Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 25, 2020Faced with the growing crisis, Cuomo has called on "former" health care workers to rejoin the workforce in order to support health systems stressed by the coronavirus. On Wednesday, the governor announced that approximately 40,000 retired doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other medical professionals have signed up to bulk up the health care force.cbsnews.com
Amid coronavirus scare, US colleges cancel study abroad programs
In the face of a global health emergency, thousands of U.S. college students studying abroad are scrambling. As the coronavirus spreads through northern Italy, some schools, including Syracuse University and New York University, announced they were closing their campuses in Florence immediately. Despite the uncertainty, Peters predicts that Italy will remain a popular destination for students studying abroad through the fall. "Just about half of students study abroad during their undergraduate years and by far the Florence campus is the most popular destination." However, in recent years, China has also become a popular destination for American students, the institute found.cnbc.com
'Dean of valuation' says Tesla would need VW-like sales and Apple-like margins to justify stock
Tesla has a long way to go before it justifies its current stock price, New York University finance professor Aswath Damodaran told CNBC on Thursday. On Thursday, after Tesla announced it plans a $2 billion common stock offering, shares fell initially then rose 5% to around $807. Damodaran had been invested in Tesla but sold his shares when the stock hit $640. Ives has a price target of $1,000 on Tesla, while Wood has a five-year price target of $7,000 per share. For Tesla to justify additional moves to the upside, Damodaran said, it cannot simply be a car company.cnbc.com
U.S. universities set up front-line defenses to keep coronavirus at bay
It has advised faculty and staff to follow federal travel advisories that, as of Friday, warned against going to China. More than 350,000 Chinese students are pursuing higher education in the United States and 10,000 American students are enrolled in academic programs in China. The challenge is making sure that we are being prudent without overstating the risk.In dealing with the new outbreak, officials at U.S. colleges and universities can draw from their experiences with previous public health scares, including the 2003 outbreak of the SARS coronavirus. A DELICATE BALANCEAt University of Illinois, with some 5,800 Chinese students, Kaler sees a challenge in keeping the campus free of the new coronavirus without infringing on rights or fanning xenophobia. There is a need to strike a delicate balance between public safety and personal freedom when dealing with a growing public health issue, Kaler said.feeds.reuters.com
Cornell to give full scholarships to some medical students
Maeshima hiroki via Wikimedia Commons(CNN) - Cornell University had a life-changing announcement for its medical students. Weill Cornell Medicine said Monday it would eliminate medical education debt for all students who qualified for financial aid, starting with the students that entered the program this fall. More than half of the program's medical students received need-based scholarships, Cornell said, to cover the cost of attendance -- which is about $90,000 per year. The average student debt for medical students last year was a little more than $196,000, the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates. Even a private citizen stepped up to alleviate some of the financial stress college students are facing today.
Russell Simmons Bids Farewell to Daughter Aoki as She Heads to Harvard
Proud parents Russell Simmons and his ex-wife, Kimora Lee, said goodbye to their daughter Aoki Lee Simmons, who will start freshman year of college at Harvard. Inside Edition was with the family, including sister Ming Lee Simmons, who attends New York University, as Aoki begins a new chapter in her life. Aoki found out she was accepted to Harvard earlier this year and the whole family celebrated. Kimora said she was so proud of her daughter getting into Harvard that she was "ugly crying" when Aoki received the acceptance letter. The Simmons family took a tour of Harvard Wednesday and Aoki said she plans to study government but will also help her mom with the re-launch of the clothing line Baby Phat.