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The Myth that Americans Were Poorly Educated before Mass Government Schooling

Early America had widespread literacy and a vibrant culture of learning. Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Detail of Girl Reading by Edmund Charles Tarbell (Public Domain)   Lawrence W. Reed Education   Public Schools   Schooling   America   Learning Parents the world over are dealing with massive adjustments in their children’s education that they could not have anticipated just three months ago. To one degree or another, pandemic-induced school closures are creating the “mass homeschooling” that FEE’s senior education fellow Kerry McDonald  predicted two months ago . Who knows, with millions of youngsters absent from government school classrooms, maybe education will become as good as it was before the government ever got involved. “What?”  you exclaim! “Wasn’t education lousy or non-existent before government mandated it, provided it, and subsidized it? That’s what my government schoolteachers assured me so it must be true,” you say! The fact is, at least in early America, education was bet

What Matters 2020: Coronavirus edition

Margaret Talev Source: AXIOS.com Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Noam Galai, Jamie McCarthy, Josep Lago/AFP, Alfredo Estrella/AFP, and Narayan Maharjan/NurPhoto, all via Getty Images Axios launched our "What Matters 2020" series this year to focus on  seven issues  that will define the nation's future no matter who wins in November.  The big picture:  The impact of the coronavirus pandemic will spread far beyond the most pressing issues we face now — lives lost and economic disruption — to drive debates on all of these longer term topics. Go deeper with the Axios subject matter experts to explore each one. Automation The COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing policies it demands have made human workers both potential victims and vectors of disease, Axios' Bryan Walsh reports. As a result, we're likely to see an  acceleration of the trend  towards greater automation in the workplace — with industrial  robots  and AI agents online. Experts'

Beijing's bullying has ruined its relationship with Sweden

AXIOS China A series of diplomatic incidents  has undone decades of work building Sweden-China relations. Why it matters:  Beijing's bullying behavior is a test case in how China treats less powerful countries that refuse to submit to its demands. What's happening:  Rising distrust has led Sweden to shut down cultural exchanges and other long-standing agreements. Gothenburg, the second-largest city in Sweden,  canceled  its friendship city agreement with Shanghai, which was first signed 34 years ago. Several other cities, including Västerås, Luleå and Linköping, have also ended their relationships with Chinese cities. Sweden closed all of its Confucius Institutes, a Chinese government-funded program that sets up Chinese language and culture centers in foreign universities but which has come under scrutiny for censoring discussion of topics that Beijing considers sensitive. Background:  The breakdown in relations began in 2015, when Chinese authorities kidnapped Gui Minhai, a Sw

Talk By Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch: Balochistan, History, Politics and Destiny

Pragna Bharati is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. ♦️ Topic : Balochistan, History, Politics and Destiny Time: May 2, 2020 06:00 PM India Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83111980422?pwd=aGxRR3dFb2psVVkzTktrSldVTlpoUT09 Meeting ID : 831 1198 0422 Password : 852113 Dr Naela Qadri Baloch is a Balochistan freedom fighter, Writer, Film maker, Feminist, President of World Baloch Women's Forum and activist in Exile. She is the Chairperson of Balochistan National Congress fighting for liberation.  She tweets at @NaelaQuadri Follow Pragna Bharati on  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialpragnabharati twitter : http://www.twitter.com/pragnabharati YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/pragnabharati To receive future updates, please fill the form at : http://www.pragnabharati.in/newsletter/ Please join the call on time so that we can start it on time.

ISI suspected to be behind killing of Baloch journalist in Sweden.

Current Balochistan Date:  1 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Numerous poltical activists and human rights activists including journalist have expressed serious concerns over the killing of Sajid Hussain Baloch. According to details, Dead body of Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain, who went missing from Sweden, had been found death on Friday. Mr. Hussain’s body has been recovered from a river in Upsalla. Sajid Hussain Baloch was missing since 2nd March 2020 from Upsalla Sweden, where he had moved to a student accommodation. Sajid Hussain Baloch, who had worked with various Pakistani mainstream media outlets, moved to Sweden in 2017 as a refugee. Baloch National Movement Chairman Khalil Baloch has said that the death of missing exiled Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain has shocked us deeply. This is an irreparable national loss for us. We are deeply disappointed by the Swedish police and authorities. Sajid Hussain’s death has sounded alarm bells for thousands of exiled Baloch. Even in a so-called ci

Arms control on life support

      PRESENTED BY DEMETER FRAGRANCE LIBRARY®   Axios World By Dave Lawler ·Apr 30, 2020 way ( lawler@axios.com ) and tell your friends and colleagues  to sign up .     Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios   There are three truly existential threats  to humanity: pandemics, climate change and nuclear weapons. Why it matters:  COVID-19 has rightfully absorbed the world's attention and will for months to come.   But the last treaty constraining the world’s largest nuclear arsenals is set to expire in nine months. Where things stand:  The Trump administration has expressed little urgency over the looming expiration of New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), which comes two weeks after the next presidential inauguration on Feb. 5. The treaty limits the long-range nuclear weapons programs of the U.S. and Russia, and it's verified through regular inspections. It was signed in 2010 to replace the 1991 START and could be extended for up to five years by mutual assent (congressiona

Sajid Hussain: Swedish police find body of missing Pakistani journalist

BBC 01 May 2020   Asia Share this with Email   Share this with Facebook   Share this with Twitter   Share this with Whatsapp Image copyright RSF Image caption Sajid Hussain (family photo) Police in Sweden say they have found the body of Pakistani journalist, two months after he went missing. Sajid Hussain, the editor of an ethnic Baloch news website, fled Pakistan in 2012 after getting death threats and was granted political asylum in Sweden. A press freedom charity had suggested Pakistani intelligence was behind Hussain's disappearance in early March. But a Swedish police spokesman told the BBC their initial investigation did not suggest any foul play in the death. Hussain, who was 39, was last seen boarding a train in Stockholm on his way to the city of Uppsala on 2 March, according to the press freedom charity Reporters Without Borders (RSF). He was to collect the keys to a new flat but he did not get off the train in Uppsala, RSF said, quoting police. The charity said it was po