Rosan Bosch and her team are well-versed in child development. They designed these kits in response to the pandemic, which has forced schools to shutter and parents to take charge of their children’s education. Bosch says the guiding principle was to encourage kids to interact with their environment differently. She believes that humans settle into routines as they interact with the objects and furniture in their homes, but these kits encourage kids to think about their space in new ways. “Many kids have been stuck at their dining tables, doing their school work in the same way for months,” Bosch says. “This is designed to let them think, ‘Hey, I can crawl into this space for an afternoon to read a book, or I can perform a play using this theater.” … [Read more...] about Face it, your kids will be home for a while. This $65 cardboard kit creates the perfect desk at home
Advantages have obviously been the incredible response from young people the world over who have made a film like What Are the Odds? theirs. What’s also exciting is the kind of people who chose to work with us. Who would knew Abhay Deol would back a rock ‘n’ roll children’s film and it will release on Netflix with such a fun reception? We weren’t expecting it! It was nuts. … [Read more...] about ‘What Are the Odds?’ director Megha Ramaswamy on letting kids be kids
“I think the short answer is rising insecurity,” says Robert Spitzer, a political science professor at SUNY Cortland and the author of five books on gun policy. Now that COVID-19 infection rates are increasing in states that are more prone to gun ownership, people may be channelling their fear of the pandemic’s economic effects into gun purchases. Hyatt and Lankford both noted there’s also a fear of “riots,” their term to describe the Black Lives Matter protests, though Spitzer says that’s a bit disconnected from the reality. “The amount of actual disorder and rioting, as opposed to legal demonstrations, is really tiny,” Spitzer notes, “and it’s certainly not occurring in places where people tend to be gun owners.” Lankford says there have been only a few demonstrations in his small Alabama town, but he’s worried about the unrest spilling over from Atlanta, 90 miles away. Rob Wilcox, deputy director of policy … [Read more...] about Through protests and the pandemic, gun background checks hit record high
Many teachers are subject experts, but new to technology. “Some of the older teachers have a difficult time adjusting. Where to check for the WiFi? If the internet is not working, how do I solve that? How to save the phone battery? This dents their confidence,” says Ranganathan. … [Read more...] about Online teaching is hot skill now, but what does it take to get there?
Comparisons to the romanticized cultural memory of charismatic leadership in the civil rights movement devalues the hard work of today’s activists—as well as those who worked hard outside of the limelight in the earlier movement. Social change—then and now—derives from a critical mass of local work throughout the nation. Those who cannot find leaders in this movement are not looking hard enough. … [Read more...] about Why the current protest movement has (and needs) many different leaders