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Temporary work and no benefits: The growing workplace chasm

Temporary work and no benefits: The growing workplace chasm | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
For young Canadian adults, contract work, typically without health care coverage, can mean years, decades or even a lifetime of second-class financial status in the workplace

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten 21 November 2014

Young adults struggle with precarious, temporary employment

An article in the Globe and Mail sheds light on some of the challenges faced by young adults working in temporary positions, often on short-term, casual, or seasonal contracts. Not only are persons working in these precarious positions paid less in terms of salary, but they also frequently lack the benefits that are provided to full-time staff. Moreover, some young people remain in temporary positions for years or even decades in some cases. According to Statistics Canada, 13.4% of all workers in 2013 were considered temporary; among workers aged 15–24, the figure more than doubles to 29.9%. During this time, temporary workers may be reluctant to pursue proper vision or dental care for fear of out-of-pocket costs. The problems are compounded for young people who have a family and may have to pay fees for spouses or children. Many companies also offer permanent employees life insurance and disability coverage, as well as drug plans that can help alleviate the high costs of some medications; however, these benefits are rarely extended to temporary employees. Globe and Mail

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Ageism in Academe – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Ageism in Academe – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Senior faculty. It sounds like an honorific. It isn’t. It’s more a sort of stigmata. Being called “senior faculty” stigmatizes you. I’m called “senior faculty” quite a lot.

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Cuba doesn't need American paternalism. It has artisan cheese shops all its own

Cuba doesn't need American paternalism. It has artisan cheese shops all its own | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Eugene Jarecki: The shops may be owned by the government, but there’s innovation here all the same. Enough with the all-or-nothing interventionism
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Ten Stupid Rules That Drive Great Employees Away | LinkedIn

Ten Stupid Rules That Drive Great Employees Away | LinkedIn | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 19, 11:57 AM

Plato probably did not envision a polis like what exists today, but policy is not about policing people externally. It is about negotiating the workplace norms. Biesta and Ranciere write about this in School.

 

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Administrators should work with the faculty to assess learning the right way - @insidehighered

Administrators should work with the faculty to assess learning the right way -  @insidehighered | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

From Academica Top Ten 10 November 2014

Admin should not treat faculty as the enemy on assessment

Faculty should not be thought of as the enemy when it comes to making improvements to assessments of student learning, says an article in Inside Higher Ed. The article argues that while a minority of faculty may resist change without any good reason, administrators too often treat assessment as a neutral activity, reducible to the simple collection of data. However, when assessment is used to determine faculty effectiveness and to assess whether or what students are learning, it becomes a practice of management, not pedagogy. Such a move marks a significant shift in power, the article says; moreover, the demand that assessment data be used to modify programs can have a significant impact on program curricula in which faculty have invested significant time and resources. The article argues that a belief in the neutrality of data-driven assessment can lead to a condescending attitude toward faculty, when what is actually needed is collaboration with faculty and an awareness of why faculty members’ may be critical of some assessment measures. Inside Higher Ed

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Stigamatization and Attitudes Towards Mental Illness - Learning to Live With the Voices in Your Head

Stigamatization and Attitudes Towards Mental Illness - Learning to Live With the Voices in Your Head | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Some experts think the problem is how doctors and society treat people who hear things, not the voices themselves.
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Halloween costumes that mock mental illness are a matter for the market – PM, UK

Halloween costumes that mock mental illness are a matter for the market – PM, UK | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Downing Street responds to health minister Norman Lamb’s criticism of ‘psycho’ and ‘schizo’ joke outfits available online
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"We've got six of the things" - Russian soccer coach says he won’t sign any black players over Ebola fears

"We've got six of the things" - Russian soccer coach says he won’t sign any black players over Ebola fears | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
DONESTK, Ukraine – The coach of Russian Premier League team FC Rostov said on Saturday that he would not sign any more black footballers over fears that they would bring with them the deadly Ebola virus.

Igor Gamula told Russian media that the soccer club had “enough dark-skinned players; we’ve got six of the things” when asked by a reporter if he would sign Cameroon defender Benoit Angbwa, the Associated Press reported.
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To Teach Facts, Start with Feelings

To Teach Facts, Start with Feelings | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Students are more likely to engage in learning if you present the material in the context of a story conveying emotions that they can understand.
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UK University of Warwick backs down on suspension of Prof Thomas Docherty for sighing and irony @insidehighered

UK University of Warwick backs down on suspension of Prof Thomas Docherty for sighing and irony @insidehighered | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
October 27, 2014By Scott Jaschik

"While American universities debate whether "civility" is an appropriate way to evaluate faculty members, a British institution has faced intense criticism for punishing a faculty member for sighing, unfriendly body language and the use of irony.

"The University of Warwick has now backed down and dropped all charges against Thomas Docherty (at right), a professor of English who is known for his criticism of the the use of corporate approaches in higher education. But the case has set off a broad debate over how administrators respond to criticism, and over the vulnerability of professors who speak out. Others have said it points to the arbitrary nature of punishments in academe, given that if every professor who sighed or used irony ended up suspended, there might be a lot of empty departments in Britain and elsewhere.

"Docherty's suspension was revealed by Times Higher Education, which reported that the university said he was undermining the authority of his department head (who has since stepped down) by making "ironic" comments during job interviews, sighing and using negative body language. The suspension had Docherty banned from contact with anyone on campus, and even from writing a book preface."

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Why Steven Harper is the Real Threat to Canadian National Security » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Why Steven Harper is the Real Threat to Canadian National Security » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Why Steven Harper is the Real Threat to Canadian National Security
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Philanthropy vs. Democracy? Self interests jeopardized health-care to shield the rich from taxation.

Philanthropy vs. Democracy? Self interests jeopardized health-care to shield the rich from taxation. | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Progressives are hypersensitive to way the big money in politics perpetuates advantage and inequality, but seem blind to the dangers posed by largely unaccountable donors.
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RBC | RBC Kids Optimism Survey shows late-teens hit hard by quarter-life crisis

RBC | RBC Kids Optimism Survey shows late-teens hit hard by quarter-life crisis | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Summary from Academica Top Ten 21 November 2014

Survey finds teens grow less optimistic, less happy as they become young adults

A new poll from RBC looks at young adults’ experiences with “quarter-life crises.” The report finds that compared to young people aged 10–17, youth aged 18–21 are less happy, less optimistic, less excited about their future, and less likely to feel that the things they do are worthwhile. The survey also found that as teens age, they are less likely to say that they have a good life and that their family believes in them and makes them feel good. Only 59% said that they frequently smile, compared with 78% of teens aged 14–17. Young women were found to be happier than young men, but less excited about the future. Respondents aged 18–21 were most worried about money (68%), things happening in the world (66%), getting or having a job (63%), knowing what career to pursue (57%), and their parents (50%). RBC News Release

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“Alive they were taken, and alive we want them back!” - Mexico’s Undead Rise Up | Inter Press Service

“Alive they were taken, and alive we want them back!” - Mexico’s Undead Rise Up | Inter Press Service | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
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Human and mice genes: similar but different

Human and mice genes: similar but different | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
We share about 30 per cent of our genetic material with mice - but humans have more instructions for controlling our genes, scientists have found.
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Worker protection bill passes with amendments to help temps and wage theft claimants | Toronto Star

Worker protection bill passes with amendments to help temps and wage theft claimants | Toronto Star | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Bill also ties minimum wage increases to inflation and expands protections to interns, students and migrant workers.

 

From Academica Top Ten 13 November 2014

Ontario passes bill to protect interns and temps, ties minimum wage to inflation

Ontario has approved legislation designed to extend protections to temporary workers and interns and to tie the minimum wage to inflation rates. Bill 18 will extend Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage to co-op students and unpaid interns; previously, these vulnerable workers did not have the same protections and rights to safety training that other workers had. The safety of interns and co-op students has been a growing concern of late, in response to the deaths of several young workers. In addition, Bill 18 will ensure that temporary workers hired through a placement agency are able to address issues both with their company and the agency, improve the process around wage theft claims for all workers, expand the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act to all migrant workers, and tie minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index for Ontario. Toronto Star

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The times, they are (always) a-changin’ - so do schools and education | University Affairs

The times, they are (always) a-changin’ - so do schools and education | University Affairs | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The times, they are (always) a-changin’

From Academica Top Ten 20 November 2014

Mainstream calls for change in PSE often shallow, reductive
An article by York University PhD candidate Melonie Fullick examines the ways in which calls for change in education typically get reported. Fullick, who researches PSE policy and its effects on universities, says that mainstream coverage of many issues tends toward a “shallow narrative of universities as institutions that simply have not changed, either over the course of the last century or even since Medieval times.” She argues that such reporting ignores the vibrant work being done in PSE teaching and learning; she also says that calls for changes in pedagogy often ignore the background of what makes change succeed or fail. Moreover, the problems cited in such work frequently reflect changes that are taking place on campus even as they criticize a lack of change. “Universities already have changed … It’s just that they’ve never changed enough for the present moment. Thus we keep charging them with the task of changing more … for a broadening range of purposes,” Fullick writes. A better question, she says, isn’t whether institutions will change, but how they will change, and for whom. University Affairs

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Social Inequality and Closing the Achievement Gap - Is Lecturing Culturally Biased?

Social Inequality and Closing the Achievement Gap - Is Lecturing Culturally Biased? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Studies suggest that replacing the lecture-hall model with an active learning model can help close the achievement gap between students of different cultural backgrounds.
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A Teacher Planning Model For Multiple Intelligences

A Teacher Planning Model For Multiple Intelligences | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

A Teacher Planning Model For Multiple Intelligences

by TeachThought Staff

 

"Until recently, the prevailing thought in education was that differentiation according the theory of multiple intelligences was a good thing.

"Then data started coming out, and the theories Howard Gardner set forth back in 1983 came under fire. Mention multiple intelligence (MI) thinking today, and you’re guaranteed to rise the ire of someone on twitter telling you that it’s 2014, and the 1980s are gone and there is no data that exists that proves MI does anything but waste time.

 

"The Background

"Gardner’s theory was more about rethinking intelligence than suggesting we teach algebra by jump roping. He suggested 8 sects of intelligence replace our singular idea of general intelligence. (He has since suggested a 9th intelligence–Existential)."

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Angela Davis writes: From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists

Angela Davis writes: From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Angela Davis: Those who resist are treated like terrorists – as in Ferguson this year, and as I and other black activists were in the 60s and 70s
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Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses | Inter Press Service

Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses | Inter Press Service | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Far too often, extractive companies have double-standards in how they behave at home versus abroad.” -- Alex Blair of Oxfam America

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Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine's culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, he calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong.

(Filmed at TEDxToronto.)
iPamba's insight:

Dr. Brian Goldman reminds us that we all make mistakes. There's no shame in that. What's important is to learn, improve, and share what we have learned from our mistakes. 

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Havana's Latin American Medical School trains global physicians to serve local communities with the most need

Havana's Latin American Medical School trains global physicians to serve local communities with the most need | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Big problems need big solutions, sparked by big ideas, imagination and audacity. In this talk, journalist Gail Reed profiles one big solution worth noting: Havana’s Latin American Medical School, which trains global physicians to serve the local communities that need them most.
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