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Bill Nye's Netflix series to dispel 'anti-scientific claims espoused by politicians'
A new year is here, and a new set of Netflix originals are on the horizon. 2017 will see the return of beloved shows Stranger Things, House of Cards, Love and more, but also a brand new offering from Bill Nye that could do some very important work. Set to arrive in spring 2017, Bill Nye Saves the World’s premise sounds pretty squarely aimed at Donald Trump:

“Don’t call it a comeback; I’ve been here for years.”

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Betsy DeVos has been confirmed by one vote as the Secretary of Education. Two Republican Senators voted against their party to protest DeVos

Today, the Senate narrowly confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, with VP Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. The Democrats fought hard against the wealthy GOP donor, staying up all night to read letters from constituents in an effort to eke out just one more vote, which was all that was needed from Republicans to block DeVos. And DeVos’s history of opposing LGBT equality for kids is just the tip of this disastrous iceberg.

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I’m sure we hear more about him in the future. We have got to get these kids to understand that striving to be a rapper, football and basketball player is not the only thing out there. Unfortunately, kids make fun of kids who get good grades or are in honor classes because they don’t view it as being cool. It is critical to stop the bullying and stop that mentality. At some point the cycle of poverty needs to stop somewhere within a family. A child that focuses on school and graduates high school and moves on to college helps end the perpetuation of repeating the cycle of uneducated people in a family structure. When that child graduates and hopefully moves on to a great career. Numerous inventors were black.. THIS is what our youth should focus on, strive for!

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Students have been studying slavery in the U.S. for decades, so how do we keep getting it so horribly wrong? Grappling with massive, institutionalized cruelty is no easy task, especially for kids, but we owe it to American students to tell them the truth. We’ll never be able to reckon with our shared national history if we insist on sugarcoating it. Read more

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Betsy DeVos has no idea what the difference between proficiency and growth is

  • Department of Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos’s Senate confirmation hearing was Tuesday. 
  • Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) described an experience contrasting proficiency to growth and used that to ask DeVos for her views on the debate. DeVos couldn’t answer the question. Read more

Betsy DeVos cites danger of “grizzlies” as reason to allow guns in schools

  • Also during her confirmation hearing, DeVos cited grizzly bears as why the federal government not to take action against guns in schools.
  • DeVos said in Wyoming, “I’d imagine there’s a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies.”
  • One Wyoming teacher explained to Mic that fences and bear spray are used to ward off bears. Read more

Teachers union chief says Betsy DeVos “is a trainwreck waiting to happen”

  • Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, said in an interview that DeVos is unqualified and has the wrong vision for the nation’s schools.
  • “I don’t think you will find one human being who could actually point to something who could say, ‘Because she did this, it really improved those traditional, neighborhood public schools,” Garcia said. “What you’re seeing here is a trainwreck waiting to happen.”  Read more
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Utah high school forced female students to go on a date with a boy — and follow a list of sexist advice

  • Jen Oxborrow, the parent of an 11th grade honor student at Highland High School, said her daughter Lucy Mulligan received the mandatory homework assignment to “go on a date!” with a boy. 
  • On Monday, Oxborrow posted a screenshot of the handout the teacher distributed to female students, which lists some truly antiquated advice.
  • Some pointers on the pink worksheet include “don’t waste his money,” “be feminine and ladylike, don’t use vulgar language or swear” and “have a sense of humor.”
  • In an evergreen double standard, girls are also advised not to “worry about [their] appearance on the whole date” just before they’re reminded to “dress appropriately.”
  • The boys’ equivalent wasn’t much better, suggesting they bring their date flowers, open doors for her and “have her home on time." 
  • According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the assignment was part of the school’s state-mandated "Adult Roles and Financial Literacy” class. Read more
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