Roundups
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Back to learning pods

Education | Communities return to a strategy from the spring, but this time with more experience
by Esther Eaton
Posted 12/02/20, 03:02 pm

At Ekklesia, a Baptist church in Philadelphia, 10 students from two private and three public schools take online classes under a full-time supervisor and rotating parent volunteers. Monday through Friday, the students sit 6 feet apart at tables in the small sanctuary with class schedules posted over their laptops. On breaks, they catch snakes and snails or play house in the empty lot next door.

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The exodus to online schools

Education | Families turn to organizations with more experience in virtual education during pandemic
by Esther Eaton
Posted 12/02/20, 12:36 pm

In August, Rachel Carothers posted a back-to-school photo of her three children under a tree outside their home in McKinney, Texas, barefoot and holding laptops, with the caption, “No shoes necessary!” Earlier this summer, Carothers decided to switch her ninth-grade son Cai and sixth-grade daughter Adair from their local public school to an online charter school called iUniversity Prep. Now, Carothers devotes most of her time to homeschooling her youngest daughter Larkin, grade one, and checking in daily with Cai and Adair.

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Publishing employees try to blockade Peterson

Culture | Conservative author’s new book draws complaints before being printed
by Collin Garbarino
Posted 12/01/20, 03:41 pm

Every fall, the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week to promote intellectual freedom by highlighting authors who have experienced censorship or attempts at suppression. Next fall, they can add Jordan Peterson to the list because employees at his own publisher attempted to scuttle his latest book.

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