Deaths from antibiotic drug resistance are at historic highs, aided by Trump’s policies : NBC News


As warnings about bacteria becoming more resistant to antibiotics have reached a fevered pitch, the White House’s response has been utter indifference.

Source: Deaths from antibiotic drug resistance are at historic highs, aided by Trump’s policies : NBC News

Some smokers credit e-cigarettes with saving their lives – does that matter? : The Conversation


Concerns about e-cigarettes are growing, with the AMA calling for a ban. With the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21, it’s worth asking: What do smokers think?

Source: Some smokers credit e-cigarettes with saving their lives – does that matter? : The Conversation

Care operators hope to quiz politicians over social care crisis | Care Industry News


Care providers hope to get the chance to quiz top politicians over the crisis in social care when they gather for their annual conference in York on Wednesday.

Source: Care operators hope to quiz politicians over social care crisis | Care Industry News

Is it ethical to keep pets and other animals? It depends on where you keep them : The Conversation


Animals don’t just need enough space to live – they need the right kind of space, too. An animal welfare lawyer defends our pets’ ‘right of place.’

Source: Is it ethical to keep pets and other animals? It depends on where you keep them : The Conversation

Liberal Democrat candidate: “Brexit better not interrupt my Ski Season” – Nye Bevan News


When the Lib Dem candidate was reminded that “Brexit voting Northerners might not relate.” The Lib Dem said: “Bullshit, even your Brexit voting Northerners can work there.” If you are a working class Leave voter, so far as these people are concerned, you are servants and should know your place.

Source: Liberal Democrat candidate: “Brexit better not interrupt my Ski Season” – Nye Bevan News

Jo Swinson’s Election leaflet gets completely dismantled by Labour supporter – Nye Bevan News


“Let’s see, how do the claims on the front of Jo Swinson’s leaflet entitled “A Better Future for Britain” check out?

Claim 1: “Investing in our schools”

Really? As an MP, Jo has voted:

– For the academisation of schools and their removal from local authority control.
– Against said schools having a curriculum which includes personal, social and health education.
– To raise the UK’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year.
– To allow student loan interest to be charged at market rates.
– To scrap the education maintenance allowance in England.

 

Source: Jo Swinson’s Election leaflet gets completely dismantled by Labour supporter – Nye Bevan News

School principal fired for saying ‘I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual event’ | Florida | The Guardian


A high school principal in Florida has been fired after telling a student’s parent “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened”.

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The Palm Beach county school board voted 5-2 to fire William Latson on the grounds of “ethical misconduct” and “failure to carry out job responsibilities”.

Latson, former principal of Spanish River high school in Boca Raton, was fired because he could not be contacted when “all hell broke loose” after his statement went public, sparking national outrage. Latson was on a previously scheduled vacation in Jamaica when the media learned of his comments in July, reported the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The controversy stemmed from an email exchange with a parent in 2018. A parent sent Latson an email asking how students are taught about the Holocaust, and asking if Holocaust education will be made a priority.

“Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,” Latson wrote, according to email records obtained by the Palm Beach Post. “And you have your thoughts, but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs.”

He wrote: “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a district employee.”

Latson said he had to maintain a “politically neutral” position on the genocide, during which Nazis killed 6 million Jews, so he would be sensitive to Holocaust education proponents and Holocaust deniers.

Latson explained his efforts to implement lessons on the Holocaust, but said some families opposed it.

He wrote: “I work to expose students to certain things but not all parents want their students exposed so they will not be, and I can’t force that issue.”

More than 10,000 Holocaust survivors are estimated to live in three area counties, the second largest cluster after New York, the newspaper said.

In 1994, Florida lawmakers voted for the Holocaust Education Bill, which requires that all state school school districts teach students about the Holocaust as part of their public school education. The law applies to primary, intermediate and high schools.

Latson’s lawyer, Thomas Elfers, told the school board: “These are the facts. He is not antisemitic. He believes the Holocaust is factual.”

Elfers also said Latson was being punished for a “poorly worded email”.

A handful of school staffers and parents supported Latson at the vote, with one teacher saying there’s “zero evidence showing wrongdoing” and that “this is a textbook example of a witch-hunt”.

 

Source: School principal fired for saying ‘I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual event’ | Florida | The Guardian

The value of unplugging in the Age of Distraction : The Conversation


A common experience: you are walking down the street and someone is walking in the opposite direction toward you. You see him but he does not see you. He is texting or looking at his cellphone. He is distracted, trying to do two things at the same time, walking and communicating.

There is also the telltale recognition of a car driver on a phone; she’s driving either too slowly or too fast for the surrounding conditions, only partly connected to what is going on around her. Connected to someone else in another place, she is not present in the here and now.

These types of occurrences are now common enough that we can label our time as the age of distraction.

A dangerous condition

The age of distraction is dangerous. A 2015 report by the National Safety Council showed that walking while texting increases the risk of accidents. More than 11,000 people were injured between 2000 and 2011 while walking and talking on their phones.

 

Source: The value of unplugging in the Age of Distraction : The Conversation

Arrests of 6-year-olds shows the perils of putting police in primary schools : The Conversation


When states like Florida pass laws to put more police officers in schools, the idea is to keep kids safe.

But as the arrest of two six-year-olds in a Florida school in October has shown, sometimes one threat to the students is the officers themselves.

Instead of being protected, these very young students were placed in handcuffs and arrested. Each one faced misdemeanor battery charges as a result of behavioral outbursts at school, including one instance in which one of the children kicked a school staffer.

While the arrests of the two elementary students in Orlando are not everyday occurrences, they do reflect a body of research that suggests cops in schools – they are formally known as school resource officers, or SROs – can take what would otherwise be a routine school disciplinary situation and escalate it to a whole different level.

I base that assertion on my work as a researcher who has studied school discipline, school safety and the role of school resource officers in elementary schools.

My work sheds light on the potential unintended consequences of school resource officers – as well as ways that school leaders can prevent situations like the arrests that unfolded in Orlando.

A growing presence

School resource officers, who are sworn officers with full arrest powers, are increasingly common in primary schools. Between 2005 and 2015, the percentage of primary schools with school resource officers increased 64%. Now, nearly one in three elementary schools has one of these officers at least part-time.

This trend is set to continue as states like Florida and Maryland passed legislation in 2018 to increase the presence of police to all schools.

Response to student behavior

Certainly, elementary schools must occasionally deal with violent behavior. In fact, my colleagues and I have found that as many as 12% of teachers experience threats of or actual physical attacks from students each year. Indeed, in the case in Orlando, one of the six-year-olds was arrested in part for kicking a staff member during an outburst.

 

Source: Arrests of 6-year-olds shows the perils of putting police in primary schools : The Conversation

Bursary reform mainly hurt white mature students, report shows : Nursing Times


Nursing education in England became more racially diverse following the removal of the bursary, according to new analysis by the education regulator.

In the first academic year following the controversial funding reform, the number of students from ethnic minority backgrounds starting a pre-registration nursing degree increased by 4% compared to the previous year.

“When you the remove cap you allow those from disadvantaged backgrounds to come into the system”

Katerina Kolyva

However, this rise was not enough to outstrip the 16% decline in white students seen over the same period, found the Office for Students (OfS).

Overall, the number of people starting nursing courses dropped by 11% between 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The figures were laid out by the OfS in a new report released today looking at the short-term effect of the government’s decision to scrap the bursary for pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional (AHP) students.

 

Source: Bursary reform mainly hurt white mature students, report show : Nursing Times