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How to Approach School Closures During COVID-19

Writing this post on March 10, 2020, I have no idea what the future holds for COVID-19 fatalities. Looking back months or years from now, will we determine that we overreacted to a novel coronavirus? Or will we be profoundly grateful for the closure of schools, the cancellation of events, the warnings…

World Day of Social Justice

In a world that struggles with inclusivity, productive dialogue, respect for differences and shared objectives, this is our opportunity to be reminded of the importance of human rights and equality. As described by the United Nations, “social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among…

No more emotional support animals on planes?

In recent years, airline passengers have brought aboard not just the more common dogs and cats but also miniature ponies, hedgehogs, even a peacock they claimed they needed for emotional support during flights. Now a proposed U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation may revoke that privilege — a move that…

Without iPhones Can German Education Save Kids From Screens?

From giant storefront LED signs to devices that fit in the palm of your hand, we have assimilated screens of every kind. Yet from selfies that spoil the restorative effect of nature to heavy social media use that makes us lonelier than ever, screen invasion can affect self–image, the way we communicate with…

As Deaths Rise, The Urgent Search For Medications To Treat Meth

Overdose deaths tied to opioids are down slightly in Massachusetts and across the nation as a whole. But deaths involving stimulants, cocaine and methamphetamine, are way up. The Centers for Disease Control says fatal cocaine related overdoses increased 27% a year, on average, between 2012 and 2018. Deaths linked to psychostimulants including meth rose…