Month: December 2020

Biden names former public school teacher Miguel Cardona for secretary of education

The Conversation

How the Nazis co-opted Christmas

In 1921, in a Munich beer hall, newly appointed Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler gave a Christmas speech to an excited crowd. According to undercover police observers, 4,000 supporters cheered when Hitler condemned “the cowardly Jews for breaking the world-liberator on the cross” and swore “not to rest until the Jews…lay shattered on the ground.” Later, the crowd sang holiday carols and nationalist hymns around a Christmas tree. Working-class attendees received charitable gifts. For Germans in the 1920s and 1930s, this combination of familiar holiday observance, nationalist propaganda and anti-Semitism was hardly unusual.

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Gavin Williamson warns of ‘enormous battle’ over January schools reopening

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(AFP via Getty Images)

The education secretary Gavin Williamson has warned there could be an “enormous battle” in government to keep secondary schools open in January.

Officials from the Department for Education and No 10 are expected to meet on Sunday in light of a warning from scientists that closures may be necessary to slow the spread of the new coronavirus variant.

Mr Williamson is said to have privately expressed concern that fellow government ministers more in favour of restrictions will press for closures, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

The government announced plans last week for a staggered return

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Biden renews pledge to reopen schools within first 100 days with Miguel Cardona as education secretary

<p>Miguel Cardona has been nominated by president-elect Joe Biden as his administration’s Education Secretary.</p> (GETTY)

Miguel Cardona has been nominated by president-elect Joe Biden as his administration’s Education Secretary.

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Joe Biden has formally selected Miguel Cardona as his nominee to lead the Department of Education, which will be tasked with navigating the president-elect’s pledge to reopen most schools within his first 100 days in office as the US emerges from a deadly winter amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The president-elect will unveil a plan to Congress early next year to fund teachers and schools, widespread testing capacity, ventilation systems and more school buses to give students proper physical distancing, all to help “achieve an ambitious

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12,000 NYC Kids Bumped From In-Person Education Over Missing Virus Testing Forms

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The Kenyan Maasai Who Once Hunted Lions Are Now Their Saviors

Maasai warrior Kamunu Saitoti had been hunting for the better part of a day when at last he came across lion tracks in the dusty soil. It was 2007 in the Maasai-owned territory of Eselenkei in southern Kenya, the light was growing dim, and Kamunu’s two younger fellow warriors said perhaps they should turn back for their village because it is dangerous to be near lions at night. But Kamunu was eager to find the lion that had eaten his father’s cow.A severe drought gripped the

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Did You Guess Lady Whistledown’s Identity? Ready or Not, Here’s Who It Is!

BRIDGERTON GOLDA ROSHEUVEL as QUEEN CHARLOTTE in episode 102 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX  2020
BRIDGERTON GOLDA ROSHEUVEL as QUEEN CHARLOTTE in episode 102 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX 2020

Netflix’s Bridgerton has its very own 19th-century Gossip Girl, and Lady Whistledown, as she’s called, is voiced by none other than the one-and-only Julie Andrews. Lady Whistledown narrates the entire series, and people know her as the omnipotent author behind the scandal sheets that circulate around town. She knows everything about everyone – and no, she doesn’t turn out to be a male ghostwriter like Dan Humphrey. Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) makes it her personal mission to unmask the mysterious lady, failing to realize that

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