Schools are failing students and the pandemic is making it worse

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COVID-19 is surging across America, prompting many states to enact new restrictions. More rigorous masking requirements, limited capacity in restaurants, and a ban on social gatherings are just a few of the new regulations.

Over the last week, many communities have closed schools and resumed remote learning. The state of Kentucky has closed all schools. And big cities like Chicago and New York have also put an end to in-person instruction.

The Debate Over Closing Schools

Closing schools is one of the most contentious coronavirus decisions.

Legislators and administrators are reluctant to do so. They cite COVID-slide, learning loss due to remote learning this spring. …

From an experienced angel mommy

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On October 1, Chrissy Teigen shared that she and husband John Legend lost their third baby. Teigen was halfway through her pregnancy when their son died.

She posted heartbreaking photos from the hospital that captured the raw emotion and unspeakable grief of losing a child.

Almost immediately, people criticized her posts. Some suggested that the pregnancy and loss were not real. Rather, they were an elaborate ruse to deflect attention from a brewing scandal.

Others didn’t question the authenticity but reacted with hatred. They chastised Teigen for posing for photos so soon after the loss. “It’s kind of sick that when you loose (sic) a child, you focus on snapping a good staged photo… Insane world.” …

4 apologies to avoid and a simple formula for what to say instead

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I was in the grocery store when I heard a mom hiss at her son, “Apologize to your sister right now.”

I did not hear the transgression that incited the directive. But I heard the “apology” he offered. “I’m sorry you’re an evil brat,” he said. “And I’m sorry Mom likes me better.”

Ouch. I suppressed a chuckle. But I am pretty sure that apology was not what his mom had in mind.

Apologizing is Hard

It’s hard to admit you are wrong. Even if you are not an 8-year-old boy.

Many people, including most adults I know, struggle to admit their mistakes. There are several factors at play, including fear, embarrassment and pride. These emotions can make it difficult to offer a sincere and effective apology. …

Life lessons of an All-Star season

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On Wednesday night, my son’s 10u All-Star team lost a heartbreaker to [finally] end our baseball season.

After 18 (give or take a few) regular season Little League games, three rounds of playoffs, two weeks of All-Star practice, four games, including a championship victory in the Regional Tournament, more practice for Sections and three nail-bitingly close games in the Sectional Tournament, the season is over.

I’d be lying if I said the loss wasn’t hard–for us all. The game was so close. Our boys battled back repeatedly from multi-run deficits. The tying run was only 60 feet away from home plate when we recorded our final out. …

Eight simple ways to make networking less painful and more productive

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What’s the second scariest word in law school, after “exams”? Loans? Debt? Graduation?

Those are all good guesses. But how about networking?

Few people enjoy networking. And if you are an introvert, you downright dread it. But there are ways you can make it more productive, and a lot less painful.

Understanding Introversion

Many people equate introversion with shyness. There is a myth that introverts are meek, self-absorbed, and afraid of change. They find social situations crippling and fear speaking up in front of others.

But that’s not what being an introvert is all about. Introverts are often quiet, reserved, and thoughtful individuals. They don’t desire attention and may find large social events draining. …

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Small business owners have a lot on their plates. Inventory and invoicing. Customers and employees. Revenue and taxes. Updating your website. One of the last things you are likely thinking about is copyright law.

But copyright issues often arise in small businesses. Especially in the context of websites and other marketing efforts. As a small business owner, copyright may affect you as both a creator and user of protected work.

Looking for pictures for your home page? Need some content for your blog? If you are just copying and pasting from other sites, you are violating copyright law. …

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Disclaimer: The following is not legal advice and is for informational purposes only.

Going back to school this year comes with the increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Cases of COVID are already being reported among students and teachers.

To deal with this unprecedented situation, some schools have adopted “strict” safety guidelines. Mandatory mask-wearing. Keeping students 6 feet apart. Plexiglass dividers. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting.

But we don’t yet know if these measures are enough to keep students and teachers safe.

Other schools are opening without basic safety measures in place. Overcrowded classrooms and hallways. Optional masks. No social distancing. …

How an abundant mindset increases productivity and helps achieve your goals

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The most important thing you can do to increase your productivity is to change your mindset.

Not buy a planner.

Or make a list.

Or even stop checking your email before noon. Although, that probably wouldn’t hurt. You should stay off of Facebook and Instagram too.

But changing the way you think about the world, and your place in it, can help boost your productivity. And make meaningful progress toward your goals.

Many people think being productive means getting things done. But they don’t realize being choosy about what those “things” are is the key to being productive.

Sure, crossing things off your to-do list feels good. I love to cross things off my to-do list. I’ve even written things on my list after I’ve done them to get the satisfaction of crossing them off. …

Why You Might Want to Reconsider Your Schooling Choice for This Year

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We survived the first week of school.

Five days down. Only one hundred seventy-five to go.

We aren’t going to make it.

The week started with promise. Pumpkin Spice lattes made our first day of school Starbucks run extra special. The morning was relaxed and calm. There was no rush to make lunches or dash for the bus. Even the first day of school pictures could wait until later in the day when the sun was shining.

Our district provided two choices for returning to school. Attend school in-person five days a week or learn online. …

How Bad Leadership and a Global Pandemic Ruined the First Day of School

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I woke early this morning. Before I even got out of bed I felt it. That sinking feeling in the pit of my my stomach.

Today is the day. The first day of school.

The day we have all been dreading. Anticipating. Looking forward to. Terrified of.

Take your pick.

This isn’t just any first day of school. It’s the first day of school in the midst of a global pandemic.

It’s the first day of school in over almost six months. Sure, my kids had that emergency pandemic learning in the spring, but that wasn’t school. Not really.

As June rolled into July and the summer days flew by, we waited and wondered. Would there be a first day of school? What would it look? Would kids be going in-person? Online? Would we start on time? …


Lisa Walton

Former lawyer, forever teacher and professional writer, Lisa writes about education, parenting and personal & professional growth.

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