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It's time to heed warnings about humanity's collision course

It's time to heed warnings about humanity's collision course | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we've known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we're seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if we had all the time in the world to slow global warming.
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French farmer on trial for helping migrants across Italian border

French farmer on trial for helping migrants across Italian border | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A French farmer, who has become a local hero for helping African migrants cross the border from Italy and giving them shelter, has gone on trial for aiding illegal arrivals.

Cédric Herrou is one of three people to appear before courts in southern France for assisting people fleeing to Europe.


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The 37-year-old activist, accused of “helping undocumented foreigners enter, move about and reside” in France, faces up to five years in prison and a €30,000 (£25,500) fine if convicted.

Herrou’s olive farm sits in a valley on the border of Italy, near a popular route for migrants trying to slip past border controls.

He has been unapologetic about helping people travelling through Europe via the often perilous boat journey across the Mediterranean.

“If we have to break the law to help people, let’s do it!” he told supporters outside the Nice court on Wednesday, where a crowd of about 300 people gathered.

“Our role is to help people overcome danger, and the danger is this border,” he said, accusing French police of detaining “thousands” of minors and dumping them back across the border.
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Students to get unlimited tries for nursing exam in Ontario - CBC

Students to get unlimited tries for nursing exam in Ontario - CBC | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Applicants who want to become a nurse in Ontario no longer have to worry about passing the provincial licensing exam in three tries.

The NCLEX-RN exam - which is required to become a Registered Nurse in Ontario, will no longer have a limit as to how many times it can be written.

Nursing students in Ontario had concerns about the exam, administered by an American organization, because not all of the content was Canadian-based.

Failure rates were much higher with the U.S.-based exam than was found with a previous Canadian test.

The Ontario College of Nurses said passing the exam is one of a set of requirements to become licensed in the province.

In an e-mail to CBC News, the college said it would still limit other exams to three attempts, as those exams have questions that are administered to all applicants. Therefore, the concern is that a prospective nurse could memorize the exam.

Nova Scotia already made similar changes for its nursing students in June.

The changes in Ontario will take effect January 9, 2017."


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If Ontario is to prosper, government must improve conditions for precarious workers: Wayne Lewchuk

If Ontario is to prosper, government must improve conditions for precarious workers: Wayne Lewchuk | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The province’s precarious-work review points out the limits of labour law.
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The world doesn't need more nuclear weapons - Erika Gregory TED

The world doesn't need more nuclear weapons - Erika Gregory TED | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Today nine nations collectively control more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, each hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We don't need more nuclear weapons; we need a new generation to face the unfinished challenge of disarmament started decades ago. Nuclear reformer Erika Gregory calls on today's rising leaders -- those born in a time without Cold War fears and duck and cover training -- to pursue an ambitious goal: ridding the world of nuclear weapons by 2045.
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Our Top 11 Teaching and Learning Articles of 2016

Our Top 11 Teaching and Learning Articles of 2016 | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
As we prepare to put 2016 in the rearview mirror, we reveal the 11 teaching and learning articles that most resonated with Faculty Focus readers.
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Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection | Tesia Marshik | TEDx UWLaCrosse

Published on 2 Apr 2015
The belief in learning styles is so widespread, it is considered to be common sense. Few people ever challenge this belief, which has been deeply ingrained in our educational system. Teachers are routinely told that in order to be effective educators, they must identify & cater to individual students' learning styles; it is estimated that around 90% of students believe that they have a specific learning style but research suggests that learning styles don't actually exist! This presentation focuses on debunking this myth via research findings, explaining how/why the belief in learning styles is problematic, and examining the reasons why the belief persists despite the lack of evidence.

Dr. Tesia Marshik is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research interests in educational psychology include student motivation, self-regulation, and teacher-student relationships.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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Treatment of the Elderly - Social Isolation of Seniors - TVO

Treatment of the Elderly - Social Isolation of Seniors - TVO | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Dec 20, 2016
Length: 27:13
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Approximately 50 per cent of Canadians over the age of 80 report feeling lonely. And according to one report, nearly two-thirds of Canadian seniors 66 and older say they have been treated unfairly or differently because of their age. In a modern world where the values of individualism and self-reliance are at a premium, how is old age viewed? How do different cultures view elderly people? And what accounts for the high levels of loneliness and social isolation? The Agenda convenes a panel to discuss the treatment of older Canadians, and what needs to change. TVO

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Obama's Weak Defense of His Record on Drone Killings

Obama's Weak Defense of His Record on Drone Killings | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
His choices made unjust strikes predictable and inevitable—and with Donald Trump poised to take power, the precedents he set are all the more alarming.
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Carol Dweck Explains The ‘False’ Growth Mindset That Worries Her

Carol Dweck Explains The ‘False’ Growth Mindset That Worries Her | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"The woman behind growth mindset wants to set the record straight on what her research is really asking parents and educators to do."


"Dweck believes educators flocked to her work because many were tired of drilling kids for high-stakes tests and recognized that student motivation and love for learning was being lost in the process. But Dweck is worried that as her research became more popular, many people oversimplified its message. 


In an interview with The Atlantic, Dweck explained to reporter Christine Gross-Loh all the ways she sees growth mindset being misappropriated. She says often teachers and parents aren’t willing to take the longer, more difficult path of helping students identify strategies and connect success to those strategies. Instead, her complicated psychological research has gotten boiled down to, “praise the effort, not the outcome.” 


Dweck also explained what she means by a “false” growth mindset:  'False growth mindset is saying you have growth mindset when you don’t really have it or you don’t really understand [what it is]. It’s also false in the sense that nobody has a growth mindset in everything all the time. Everyone is a mixture of fixed and growth mindsets. You could have a predominant growth mindset in an area but there can still be things that trigger you into a fixed mindset trait. Something really challenging and outside your comfort zone can trigger it, or, if you encounter someone who is much better than you at something you pride yourself on, you can think “Oh, that person has ability, not me.” So I think we all, students and adults, have to look for our fixed-mindset triggers and understand when we are falling into that mindset.'"

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New Evidence of the Superiority of Female Doctors

New Evidence of the Superiority of Female Doctors | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
New research estimates that if all physicians were female, 32,000 fewer Americans would die every year.
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The Forgotten Life of Einstein's First Wife

The Forgotten Life of Einstein's First Wife | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"She was a physicist, too—and there is evidence that she contributed significantly to his groundbreaking science"


"According to Krstić(2), Mileva spoke of her contributions to her mother and sister. She also wrote to her godparents explaining how she had always collaborated with Albert and how he had ruined her life, but asked them to destroy the letter. 


Her son, Hans-Albert, told Krstić(2) how his parents’ “scientific collaboration continued into their marriage, and that he remembered seeing [them] work together in the evenings at the same table.” Hans-Albert’s first wife, Frieda, tried to publish the letters Mileva and Albert had sent to their sons but was blocked in court by the Einstein’s Estate Executors, Helen Dukas and Otto Nathan in an attempt to preserve the “Einstein’s myth”. 


They prevented other publications, including one from Krstić(2) on his early findings in 1974. Krstić mentions that Nathan even “visited” Mileva’s apartment after her death in 1948. 


On July 1947, Albert wrote to Dr Karl Zürcher, his divorce lawyer: “When Mileva will no longer be there, I’ll be able to die in peace.” Their letters and the numerous testimonies show that Mileva Marić and Albert Einstein collaborated closely from their school days up to 1914. 


Albert referred to it repeatedly in his letters, like when he wrote: « our work on relative motion”. Their union was based on love and mutual respect, which allowed them together to produce such uncommon work. She was the first person to recognize his talent. Without her, he would never have succeeded. 


She abandoned her own aspirations, happy to work with him and contribute to his success, feeling they were one unique entity. Once started, the process of signing their work under his unique name became impossible to reverse. She probably agreed to it since her own happiness depended on his success. 


Why did Mileva remain silent? Being reserved and self-effaced, she did not seek honors or public attention. And as is always the case in close collaborations, the individual contributions are nearly impossible to disentangle."

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Will Facebook’s Fake News Warning Become a Badge of Honor?

Will Facebook’s Fake News Warning Become a Badge of Honor? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Some users might see the site’s alerts as evidence that a news source is more trustworthy.
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Denmark: Where Transgender Is No Longer a Diagnosis

Denmark: Where Transgender Is No Longer a Diagnosis | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Denmark becomes the first country to declassify it as a mental disorder
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How to address student grade challenges before they happen

How to address student grade challenges before they happen | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"No one should teach in fear of the prospect of a wronged and vengeful student."


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Friday, January 6, 2017


"How to address student grade challenges before they happen


 Instructors can help address grade challenges by students before they happen if they follow a few basic steps, writes David Gooblar for Chronicle Vitae. The first step, the author argues, is to be as clear as possible about your expectations and grading policies in your syllabi. The second is to clarify your grading policies throughout a semester, giving a breakdown of grading criteria at the beginning of each new assignment. The author adds that it is also crucial to create space for the appropriate discussion of grades, explain your reasoning for particular grades, and stand your ground while remaining patient with students who challenge their grades. "



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Millennials and the Workplace

Millennials and the Workplace | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Jan 04, 2017
Length: 35:27
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Millennials, in sheer numbers, now make up the largest cohort in the workforce and they're bringing with them their own distinctive sensibilities. The Agenda examines how they are changing the workplace.

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Obama, Deporter in Chief, Should Pardon the Undocumented - By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Obama, Deporter in Chief, Should Pardon the Undocumented - By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
President Obama can use his immense power of the presidential pardon to de-escalate the war on immigrants, which otherwise threatens to get immeasurably worse under Donald Trump. 
- 2017/01/05
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University provides no golden ticket in life

University provides no golden ticket in life | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"When I was little, my father told me a university degree would allow me to “write my own ticket.” But if my boys go to university, they better be crystal clear on what they want to get out of the process."


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Wednesday January 4, 2017"


"University degree “no longer a golden ticket,” writes CBC contributor


“When I was little, my father told me all I needed to be successful was to earn a university degree,” writes Jo Davies for the CBC, yet the author notes that this is no longer the case. For this reason, the author encourages readers to set clear goals for what they or their children expect to gain from a university education. Without such goals, Davies warns, students will graduate from school with little more than a “nice piece of paper, a lot of debt and no guarantee of a job.” “The only way to ‘write your own ticket’ nowadays is to take a long, hard look at your skills and interests and be as clear as possible about what your goals are in terms of a career,” the author concludes. “University is an option, but only one of many, and it's certainly not for everybody.” "

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Career, meaningful work, the good life -- these ideas may intersect, but are definitely don't overlap.
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I’ll say it again: E-cigarettes are still far safer than smoking

I’ll say it again: E-cigarettes are still far safer than smoking | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Despite evidence suggesting e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking, more people than ever believe them to be just as harmful. Professor Linda Bauld discusses the evidence
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How Canada should care for young caregivers - Nicholas Chadi on TVO

How Canada should care for young caregivers - Nicholas Chadi on TVO | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Canada has more young carers under the age of 25 per capita than any other in the world — but is it doing enough to support them?"


"Census data from Statistics Canada show that 10 per cent of caregivers aged 15 to 29 spend more than 20 hours a week looking after a relative. But their hardships cannot be measured in hours alone, says Grant Charles, associate professor of social work at the University of British Columbia: “Two hours with a person having a psychotic breakdown is very different from two hours getting groceries for a disabled grandparent.”"

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Just How Dangerous Is Alexa?

Just How Dangerous Is Alexa? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The “willing suspension of disbelief” is the idea that we (the audience, readers, viewers, content consumers) are willing to suspend judgment about the implausibility of the narrative for the quality of our own enjoyment. We do it all the time. Two-dimensional video on our screens is smaller than life and flat and not in real time, but we ignore those facts and immerse ourselves in the stories as if they were real.

We have also learned the “conventions” of each medium. While we watch a movie or a video, we don’t yell to the characters on the screen “Duck!” or “Look out!” when something is about to happen to them. We just passively enjoy the show.

The Willing Suspension of Our Privacy

We apply similar concepts to our online lives. Most of us are willing to give up our data (location, viewing, purchasing or search history) for our online enjoyment. We can call this the “willing suspension of our privacy” because if you spent a moment to consider what your data was actually being used for, you would refuse to let it happen.

The Willing Suspension of Our Agency

Which brings us to the next level of insanity: the willing suspension of our agency for our own enjoyment. This is past the point of giving up a “reasonable amount” of data or privacy to optimize the capabilities of our digital assistants. Suspension of our agency exposes our normally unmonitored physical activity, innocent mumblings and sequestered conversations. Some people believe this is happening with Alexa, Google Home, Siri and other virtual assistant and IoT systems. It may well be.

First, Let’s Give It a Name

Since we are discussing a combination of automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU) engines that enable a system to instantly recognize and respond to voice requests, for this article, let’s call the interface an intelligent voice control system (IVCS).
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Student Incivility, Intimidation, Bullying and Entitlement in Academia | AAUP

Student Incivility, Intimidation, Bullying and Entitlement in Academia | AAUP | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"I recently finished a particularly disturbing semester of teaching that was filled with instances of student incivility, intimidation, and entitlement. In searching for information that could help me understand my students’ behavior, I found that other teachers have had similar experiences.

Several aspects of these behaviors can be quickly identified. All have a negative impact on education and can produce dire consequences in real life. As students repeat each behavior with “success,” the behaviors become more entrenched.

Let me start by clarifying some terms:

INCIVILITY: According to Joy Peluchette, Katherine Karl, and Jerry Kopf in “Students Behaving Badly: Causes and Possible Strategies for Dealing with Classroom Incivility,” incivility includes disrespect for standards of classroom behavior as posted in the syllabus. Examples might be late arrival, sleeping, texting or other cell-phone use during class, or offensive language and comments.
INTIMIDATION: Audrey Williams June, in her Chronicle of Higher Education article “When Students Become Class Bullies, Professors Are Among the Victims,” notes that intimidation includes student use of threatening language, bullying, physical posturing, and anger.
BULLYING: Examples of bullying include student attempts to procure a grade change by embarrassing, attacking, or humiliating the teacher.
ENTITLEMENT: Students’ sense of entitlement is apparent in attempts to influence or reverse grades. When a student blames the instructor for a poor grade, the student’s perception of effort or ability is at odds with actual academic performance."

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Rise of Bernie Sanders and His ‘Social Revolution’ Is Déjà Vu for the Third World

Rise of Bernie Sanders and His ‘Social Revolution’ Is Déjà Vu for the Third World | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Michael Manley of Jamaica and others pushed decades ago for progressive change to end the systems of subjugation in their countries. But that will remain tough to achieve until it is accomplished in the U.S.
- 2016/12/19
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Saudi Arabia set to execute 150 people for second year in row

Saudi Arabia set to execute 150 people for second year in row | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Kingdom uses secret courts to impose death penalties on drug offenders, juveniles and political prisoners, says human rights group Reprieve
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‘Fake News’ in America: Homegrown, and Far From New: Chris Hedges

‘Fake News’ in America: Homegrown, and Far From New: Chris Hedges | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The media for decades have been dominated by manufactured reports. This skillful manipulation of information erased the lines between fact and opinion and gave rise to the demagogue who will sit in the Oval Office.
- 2016/12/18
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