In-person classes, Internet snafus, melancholy hallways: This is what teaching in a pandemic is like: Read one teacher’s 30-day diary, plus responses from readers around the world
The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped everyone’s lives. For teachers, that has meant a new school year full of unknowns and readjustments: As some schools remain 100 percent remote, others are conducting classes in-person or doing a hybrid of both. That’s the case for Nikkina McKnight, who is a teacher of technology career education at Andrew Jackson High School, a public school in Kershaw, S.C.
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During my monastic training in India the 1980s, I became intimately familiar with Pashupati—the Lord of the Beasts. It happened while I spent time alone as a sadhu, meditating and begging for my food near Pashupatinat, a Shiva temple located in the small town of Deopatan, to the east of Kathmandu.
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In what the union hailed as a “landslide vote,” nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville voted this week to approve a union — the first in North Carolina to do so and the largest hospital union win in the South since 1975.
National Nurses United, the labor group that now represents about 1,800 nurses at two addresses in Asheville, said in a statement Thursday morning it believes this is “the largest union election win in the South in a dozen years” for a union of any type. CLICK TO CONTINUE
Let’s make the first class the science of self-care. These morning announcements will help and heal.
A SAFETY-FIRST YOUTH DROP-OFF PROGRAM
The North Carolina Arboretum is excited to announce a new weekday drop-off program for children ages 6 – 9 years old beginning this fall. OAK (Outdoor Adventure Kids) is a safety-first approach to exploring the natural world with other kids. The Arboretum’s team of expert environmental educators will lead small groups of students through inquiry-based, outdoor learning by exploring the Arboretum’s 434-acre campus.
Lisa Selin Davis in The Guardian
Back in February, when people still went into stores to buy things for their kids, a California state assembly member, Evan Low, introduced AB 2826. The bill would require retailers with 500 or more employees to stop dividing toys, clothes and childcare items into boys’ and girls’ sections; those who didn’t would face a $1,000 fine.
Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control. This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of masks is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain. CDC’s recommendations for masks will be updated as new scientific evidence becomes available. CLICK TO CONTINUE
This is our effort to mobilize a million Black women to save their lives. To honor our bodies and our histories and our futures. So lace up your sneakers, sis, and walk with us – and share that graphic and spread the word.
By Joseph P. Williams, Senior Editor U S News
SPURRED BY WEEKS OF street protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd – and amid the fast-moving, potentially deadly coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged Black and Hispanic communities – officials across the country are calling out racism as a public health crisis.
Democracy is more than the system of government. It is a way of life based on our commitment as citizens to the common good. We can assess the vitality of any democracy by looking at its history, its current state, and its potential to serve the hopes and dreams of its people. But the truest measure of its health is how well it is practiced.
by Ron Charles in the Washington Post BOOK Club
Poetic justice: Louise Glück won the Nobel Prize in literature yesterday (story and video). The Swedish Academy cited the “austere beauty” of her poetry. Glück, already one of the most celebrated writers in America, is the 16th woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature since it was first awarded in 1901. The chair of the prize committee, Anders Olsson, said, “Glück’s voice is unmistakable. It is candid and uncompromising, and it signals that this poet wants to be understood — but it is also a voice full of humor and biting wit.”
by Jim Stokely in Mountain Xpress, Asheville, N C
As a former labor negotiator for Sylvania, I would like to share my thoughts regarding the recent union vote by Mission nurses. Ever since the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, which defined the playing field for collective bargaining, the conventional wisdom for corporate management has been to do whatever can be done to stretch out the time between (a) the date many of the workers petition for a union and (b) the date all workers vote for or against a union. The thinking is that the initial burst of energy from workers will dissipate and that management has more time to hire anti-union consultants, plan anti-union communications and control the message throughout the union campaign. CLICK TO CONTINUE
(The topics in this blog are the kind of philosophical ideas the author will discuss in the online course Yoga to Live By, starting October 14 to November 11. For more information, click here)
In the West, yoga is often synonymous with posture practice, with various forms of Hatha Yoga. In its homeland India, a yogi can be anyone from a meditating swami to a ganja smoking sadhu, anyone from an ochre-clad Tantric to a Bhakti-singing ecstatic to someone practicing yoga in an upper-class studio in New Delhi.
In its essential purity, yoga is rooted in its body practices, in its transcendent mental outlook, and in its inclusive spirituality. Yoga is body-centered, mind-expanding, and spiritually uplifting. Yoga is not either/or—yoga is yes/and.
Raleigh — The ERA-NC Alliance is commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with the release of its biennial North Carolina Candidates Survey, a comprehensive look at candidates for the North Carolina General Assembly, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate and their support — or lack of support — of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Stress is an important topic these days, especially in the current climate, when there is a high degree of unrest and uncertainty. Whether you’re stressed about the virus, the economy, your job, your family life, your finances, or a combination of all the above, learning to manage stress is vitally important for your physical and mental health.
Below we outline five critical practices that you can implement to help manage stress.
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In June we invited people to answer, What practice have you found particularly helpful during these past months? We received so many thoughtful and helpful replies and have been appreciating the peace that simply reading them brings. Together, the selections below represent many traditions, practices, and voices that will be helpful to our planning a coming year of monthly practices. Thank you!
Publication Date: June 2019 Click here to view full report
The health and wellness of women in North Carolina has improved in some ways, yet not all women are equally benefiting from this progress. Wide disparities persist in disease and mortality rates and incidence of sexually transmitted infections by race and ethnicity, as well as by county. Ensuring that women can access the health care services they need – including for mental health and substance abuse – is vital to the health and well-being of women in North Carolina.
Additionally, women’s experiences of intimate partner violence show the detrimental impact this violence has on women in the state. The Status of Women in North Carolina: Health & Wellness is the second in a series of four publications that provide data and policy recommendations to improve North Carolina women’s status in several key areas. CLICK TO CONTINUE
Inspired Change Yoga is a safe supportive community, for all to practice, explore, and connect with self and others allowing students to carry that beyond the mat. Join us for online classes through Zoom.
SIMPLE BREATHING ADVICE from A Nobel Prize Winner Can Turn The Tables On Stress During The Coronavirus Lockdown
Important and easy advice, sent in by Lytingale
By David DeSalvo in Forbes
“Just breathe” is basic advice that’s easy to ignore. But when dealing with increased stress—as we are during these strange pandemic weeks—simple, controlled breathing is one of the best tools available for getting a grip on our emotions and the effects of stress on our bodies. And it happens to be the one tool we don’t have to go anywhere to find — it’s accessible with just a bit of advice and a little time. CLICK TO CONTINUE
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