Tag: Crisis

Funding fears for PE in primary schools after lockdown worsens child inactivity crisis

Baroness Nicky Morgan, the former education secretary, has sought urgent clarification from the Government over the ongoing status of an annual £320 million ‘premium’ to enhance physical education for primary school children.

With activity levels having dropped significantly while schools have been shut to most pupils during the coronavirus lockdown, concern is now mounting that children could be hit by the double whammy of a cut in the usual PE budget.

The PE and Sport Premium was introduced in 2013 and, at a total worth of £320 million during the most recent academic year, it annually ringfences £16,000 for individual

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Don’t let online education turn into the next crisis that hits people of color hardest

When historians look back at 2020, they might see some important lessons about how problems become really big problems when left to fester. 

First, COVID-19 shut down the American economy and killed over 112,000 Americans — disproportionately African American — because we failed to establish the proper public health response early to address it. 

Then, intense national protests erupted in every major city because of our persistent inability to address systemic racism, which manifested itself this time in the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Problems don’t go away if we try to sweep them under the rug. They just

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Assessing the latest big idea for fixing the U.S. student loan crisis

One of the solutions being floated involves income-share agreements (ISAs), a type of financing where a student pays for education by paying a percentage of their income after graduation.

“Over the last several years we’ve certainly seen a resurgence and the interest in using income-share agreements to finance higher education, and potentially for other uses as well,” Joanna Darcus, a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, told Yahoo Finance. “And that the interest is primarily driven by financial companies, FinTech platforms, venture capitalists, and some institutions who are interested in exploring the model.” 

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How the Current Crisis Could Impact the Future of Fashion Forever

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on bad practices and unsustainable business models across industries, but one sector in particular has found itself at the forefront of this exposure—the fashion industry.

As one of the world’s most destructive business sectors, fashion is the world’s second worst offender when it comes to water pollution, according to the 2019 Global Wellness Trends Report, and is responsible for approximately 10 percent of all carbon emissions. Not to mention, with overproduction running 30 to 40 percent each season, more than 70 percent of clothes end up in a landfill and “an estimated $500 billion

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