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Twist in the tale as bookshops shut | Companies - The Australian Financial Review

Luke Housego, journalist for The Australian Financial Review reports, It is eight years since the collapse of Angus & Robertson and Borders sent shockwaves through the market and left the nation's booksellers to contemplate whether this was the writing on the wall.

Hamish Alcorn and Dawn Albiner of Archives Fine Books launched an e-commerce portal for their store to boost sales last year.
Photo: Attila CsaszarBut when sales of e-books hit 20 per cent and refused to go higher, the narrative turned more upbeat. Until recently, that is, when a series of landmark bookshops began closing their doors up and down the east coast.

After 46 years serving Sydney's north shore, Lindfield Bookshop will close on August 24. In Mosman, Pages and Pages will end 20 years of trading in September, citing a looming recession. And Dymocks in Sydney's Lane Cove closed abruptly last month when the landlord retook possession,
In Melbourne, Embiggen Books shut its doors in June. In Brisbane a couple of secondhand bookstores have closed in recent months. And academic text specialist Co-op has closed more than two dozen stores since 2015.

It sounds like a tragedy. But despite the spate of recent closures, there is some cause for optimism...

With generational change, digital investment will become more important for retailers as more consumers move online, Ms Sanders said. Those able to seamlessly integrate their online and offline presence will be most likely to succeed.

But for smaller independent bookshop owners, a shortage of time and money means any significant investment is out of reach.

"You need an online presence in some form or another, even if your web store isn't the primary driver of sales, It's just that's the way the world runs now," said Australian Booksellers Association chief executive Robbie Egan.
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Source: The Australian Financial Review

25 Books Every Woman Should Read | Books - Oprah Mag

How many of these are in your library? by Leigh Haber, Books Editor for O, the Oprah Magazine and Michelle Hart, Assistant Books Editor of O, the Oprah Magazine.


Women may not yet run the world but we do make for some of the most intriguing characters. Who are some of the most compelling all-time heroinesreal-life or fictional—ever to captivate our readerly imaginations? O’s Books Editor Leigh Haber, and Assistant Editor Michelle Hart offer their take on some of the best books every woman should read, a mix of classic and contemporary works that satisfy the bibliophile’s desire for total immersion.
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100 books to read in a lifetime — according to Amazon Books editors | Book recommendations - Business Insider

As of 2010, there were about 129,864,880 books in the entire world, according to Google's estimate
Photo: Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Even if you quit your job, subsisted off of dewdrops, and spent every waking hour reading, the odds that you could read every one of them are not in your favor.
So, for book-lovers, it becomes important to choose your next tome wisely. Before slipping into a 500-page and many-hours-long disappointment that could have been invested into something more worthy of our finite time, we read reviews, skim Goodreads lists, ask bookstore staff and friends and family, and use myriad other tactics to narrow our choices down to the best and most impactful.
Below, you'll find 100 suggestions for books you should read in a lifetime, according to Amazon Books editors. Spanning beloved children's classics to searing memoirs to classics, the list has a little bit of everything. If you're looking for the Next Great Thing, here's a good place to start your search. Read more...
Source: Business Insider

The Festival of Books is a paradise for bibliophiles | Columnists - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Liberty Station event on Aug. 24 will be a grand celebration of reading, says Richard Lederer, named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.

Linda Howley entertains the crowd at the Children’s Pavilion at a previous festival.
Photo: Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune fileEnjoy these four lines of wisdom written by San Diego’s own Dr. Seuss:
The more that you read,
The more that you know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.

In other words, books prepare you for adventure without your making reservations or taking suitcases. Or as Emily Dickinson wrote, “How frugal is the chariot that bears a human soul.”

A week from today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Union-Tribune will launch our city’s third annual Festival of Books. The celebration will be at 2620 Truxtun Road, Liberty Station, in Point Loma. Along with a galaxy of local authors, I’ll be signing my books in Author Alley. I’d love to meet you there.

The Festival of Books connects San Diego-area readers, booksellers, authors and businesses with their common love of the written word. For details about authors, exhibitors, book stores, panels, children’s activities, music and food please take a tour of the special section about the festival in tomorrow’s paper...

Books live. Books endure and prevail. Books are humanity in print. Books are the diary of the human race. By entering books, we become all that we have read.
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Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Books that Will Help You Kick Your Tech Dependence | Books & Media - Outside

Four authors on paying attention, savoring silence, getting off the grid, and living peaceably with technology by Heather Hansman, Seattle-based freelance writer.

Photo: R_Tee/iStockA few weeks back, I was antsy in a way that I couldn’t explain. My head was swimming from a bunch of weeks on the road for work, which turned into both too much and not enough time with people. I was tired no matter how much I slept. Inside all the time. Sucked into the cycle of: delete Instagram, then redownload Instagram and numb brain with other people’s stories of their shiny lives, feel shitty (repeat forever?). 
 
So one Saturday afternoon back home, annoyed with myself and unwilling to submit anyone else to my attitude, I took off for the woods alone. Wine can, sandwich, warm layer, book. South down the Pacific Crest Trail toward a lake I was pretty sure was pretty. At the lake, I set up my tent and shook out my sleeping bag, then sat on a log near the muddy shore and cracked open the can and the book. 
 
Before I even made it through the introduction, I realized I’d chosen well. Sometimes, I think, books show up in your life at exactly the right time...

Rain rolled in over the lake as I slept, and in the morning, I lay in the tent with How to Do Nothing, listening for a break in the storm. For the first time in a long time, I did not anxiously check my phone or internally berate myself for not getting up earlier. I just stayed. 
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Source: Outside

It's back to the books for lifelong learners | Greenville Daily Reflector

At this back-to-school gathering, no one will be complaining about how short the summer break was or asking how to find the science hall. These seniors represent a different class of learners, continues Greenville Daily Reflector.

Participants in a Laughter Yoga class previously offered as part of ECU’s Lifelong Learning Program.
ECU's Lifelong Learning Program will welcome students with a fall semester kickoff on Saturday at the East Carolina Heart Institute. The event will give new and returning students ages 50 and older a chance to meet with instructors and learn about course offerings for the new year.

Now in its ninth year, the Lifelong Learning Program offers a variety of short-term courses and seminars on topics ranging from retirement and aging to religion and the arts. With sessions meeting at a dozen locations throughout the community, it features many of the most enjoyable aspects of school, including lectures, class discussions, art, music and even field trips. But there are no assignments and no grades.

“No tests, no homework,” program Coordinator Andrew Ross said. “It's a very relaxed and informal learning atmosphere and environment...

Research suggests that lifelong learning has several benefits for seniors. According to the National Institutes of Health, such learning may help the brain adapt to compensate for age-related changes.

“There have been numerous studies that have shown that any sort of continued learning is definitely going to continue to stimulate cognitive functioning,” Ross said. “The majority of the studies point out that it is a great thing to continue to learn no matter what age.”

Ross believes that the social benefits to lifelong learning participants may be as important as the cognitive advantages.
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Source: Greenville Daily Reflector

At Tanglewood, You Can Hear 8 Concerts in 3 Days | Classical Music - The New York Times

Between the Festival of Contemporary Music and Boston Symphony Orchestra programs, a recent visit offered an exhilarating immersion, inform Anthony Tommasini, chief classical music critic, inform Anthony Tommasini, chief classical music critic.

The Silent Film Project presents scenes from classics with students playing scores by composers from the Tanglewood Music Center.
Photo: Hilary ScottThere are really two Tanglewoods here in the bucolic Berkshires. One is the popular summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The other is the less-known Tanglewood Music Center, the orchestra’s prestigious training institute for exceptional student performers and composers.

But during a few densely scheduled days every summer, the Tanglewood Music Center takes center stage to present the Festival of Contemporary Music. This year’s edition, directed for the second consecutive year by the composer and conductor Thomas Adès and spread over five days, was no exception. On a recent visit, I attended both festival events and Boston Symphony programs — a total of eight concerts in three days, an exhilarating immersion in the two Tanglewoods...
A prelude concert on Monday at Ozawa Hall, featuring mostly piano pieces, was dedicated to the composer Oliver Knussen, who died last year at 66. As the director of contemporary music activities at the Tanglewood Music Center from 1986 to 1993, Mr. Knussen conducted and organized dozens of programs like these. His distinctive piano works, including the “Prayer Bell Sketch” (played sensitively by Tomoki Park), and the impetuous 12 Variations (played arrestingly by Christine Wu), were among the highlights.Read more...
Source: The New York Times

Memories from the Woodstock Music Festival, 50 Years Later | Arts & Culture - Voice of America

Many Americans are remembering the Woodstock music festival, which took place 50 years ago this week by Peter Musto, Multimedia Producer at Voice of America and Kelly Jean Kelly, Multimedia Journalist at Voice of America.

In this Aug. 16, 1969 file photo, hundreds of rock music fans jam a highway leading from Bethel, New York, as they try to leave the Woodstock Music and Art Festival.
Photo: FILE Hundreds of thousands of people traveled to New York’s farm country for the event. Some of those attending drove there by car and then walked on foot. Others arrived by helicopter.

The attendees danced at sunrise on a wet hillside and tried hard to avoid heavy rainfall. They slept little, called their parents to tell them they were safe and stood in wonder at the total number of festival goers.

By the show’s end, the attendees left behind wet clothes, bedding and other belongings. But they also gained a sense of community from having been part of one of the most famous events in American music history...

David Crosby of the musical group Crosby, Stills & Nash remembers the behavior of individuals he saw when he was not performing. He says the sight of people sharing food gave him hope. This was especially important, he said, because it was just a year after the assassinations of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy’s brother, had been killed six years earlier. In addition, the United States was also several years into the Vietnam War.
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Source: Voice of America

They’re making music — and history — in a legendary Southwest Washington house | Education - Washington Post

Laurel Demkovich, cops and courts reporter for the local desk summarizes, Living Classrooms opens a new community center in Buzzard Point.
 
Deanna Hawkins, D.C. music program coordinator for Living Classrooms, left, works with Samaria Edwards, 15, in the organization’s new community center in a historic house in Southwest Washington.
Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington PostIn the basement of the newly renovated community center, 9-year-old Akeylah Edwards takes a seat in front of her computer and a small piano keyboard. Hanging on the wall next to her is a large red and pink painting with stickers reading “Girl Power” and “Talented.”

“Okay, everyone, create a track using four genres,” Deanna Hawkins instructs four students. “Use something you’ve never even heard of.”

Akeylah opens the music creation program GarageBand, creates a file and goes to work. She was making music — and history — in an old building with a new mission. That building is part of Living Classrooms, a nonprofit that aims to educate by doing and that recently moved into a new community center in Southwest Washington.

Akeylah, along with her two sisters, has only been learning music production since Living Classrooms’ summer camp started in late July, but she knows exactly what she’s doing...

Last year, Hawkins went to two D.C. schools twice a week to help run BeatZone. This year, she will keep making her way to schools while teaching at the Dent House. At the beginning of the school year, Hawkins asks her students to think of topics for songs they could write. She wants to know: What bothers you about your community? What’s the most important thing in your community right now?Read more...
Source: Washington Post

Turning the tables in Ireland | Life - The Actuary

Emmet Thornburgh, head of Capital Risk Management at AXA Life Europe and Shane Prendergast, senior longevity product manager at Irish Life Assurance explore the mortality experience of Irish insured lives, on behalf of the Demography Committee of the Society of Actuaries of Ireland.

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Insurers writing business in Ireland have a range of  UK industry mortality tables and Irish population mortality tables available to them, but which ones best reflect the experience of the Irish insured market?

A recent study by the Society of Actuaries of Ireland’s Demography Committee, the Irish Insured Lives Mortality Investigation (IILMI), provides insight into insured life experience in Ireland. The study involved aggregating and analysing experience data over the period 2009-2015 for a range of annuity and assurance products that were sold to lives resident in Ireland. The combined coverage of the contributing insurers represented the majority of the Irish insurance market.

While the data is very representative of the Irish insurance market, there are some limitations to the results, due to the size of the dataset. This is particularly the case when considering results by individual segments, such as by age band or year. Owing to these data limitations, the committee did not try to fit tables to the results...  

The results demonstrate that smoking status is a very significant factor affecting mortality rates for Irish assured lives, as smokers displayed mortality levels approximately double that of non-smokers. The impact of smoking status is most significant between the ages of 40 and 80. The mortality levels for those taking out term assurance policies were lower than for those with whole-of-life or unit-linked protection policies. This difference is likely to be the result of the different underwriting and sales processes that apply to these policy types. 
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Source: The Actuary

Preschoolers can do more math than you think | Education & Psychology - Vanderbilt University News

Read the report, “The Home Math Environment: More Than Numeracy” in Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
Co-author is Bethany Rittle-Johnson, professor and chair, Department of Psychology and Human Development at Peabody.
Preschoolers are capable of learning more complicated math concepts than most parents realize, according to a new Vanderbilt study. 

Screenshot: Vanderbilt University/YouTubeWhat’s more, these concepts can be easily introduced through simple games and tasks at home.


Photo: Erica Zippert Lead author is Erica Zippert, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University Peabody College of education and human development. She and her colleague Bethany Rittle-Johnson recently published a report, “The Home Math Environment: More Than Numeracy” in Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Their study revealed that parents of preschoolers seem to reinforce counting and number recognition, and leave the more complex concepts to the child’s future teachers...

Parents can improve the way they help their preschoolers build a foundation for math in lots of fun and easy ways using items they already have around the house, she says:
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Source: Vanderbilt University News 

Learn MATLAB and Conquer Machine Learning with This Training Bundle | Civil Engineering - Interesting Engineering

Used in virtually every type of data-driven science—from physics and chemistry to engineering and robotics—MATLAB is a go-to resource for individuals and companies that want to gain valuable insights from seemingly complex data sets, reports IE Shop.

Photo: Interesting Engineering Shop  It should come as no surprise that we’re living in the era of Big Data and machine learning—both of which act as the primary driving forces behind some of the most important and exciting Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovations of our time.
From self-driving cars and surgical robots to Google search algorithms and home automation systems, massive sets of data are being harnessed by both small startups and international conglomerates in order to alter the technological landscape and improve our lives, and our reliance on these technologies is only going to grow in the upcoming years.
This means that if you want to land the best and most important careers of both today and tomorrow, you need to have an understanding of how to work with and analyze massive data sets in order to build the products and services that will continue to alter the future...
The Essential MATLAB & Simulink Certification Training Bundle will help you learn MATLAB, one of the most powerful and renowned programs in the increasingly lucrative world of data science and machine learning, and the entire bundle is currently available for over 90% off at just $35.
What is MATLAB?
Used in virtually every type of data-driven science—from physics and chemistry to engineering and robotics—MATLAB is a go-to resource for individuals and companies that want to gain valuable insights from seemingly complex data sets.
It acts as a multi-paradigm numerical computing platform that integrates a wide range of visual interfaces with a series of programming languages (including C, C++, C#, Java, Fortran, Python, and more) in order to accurately predict future outcomes in disciplines ranging from science and engineering to economics and even the humanities.
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Becoming A Machine Learning Engineer: Advice From Experts | Software Engineering Perspectives - Built In

We asked three machine learning engineers how they got started in the role and how newcomers can follow in their footsteps by Mae Rice, tech writer for Built In. 
 
Photo: Built InSome datasets escape our understanding. They're vast or complex or both, and we can't analyze them without help. Specifically, help from self-improving machine learning algorithms. 

These algorithms can glean “insights into how the world works that a person wouldn't be able to see, because they're [too] abstract or [too] fine-grained,” says Meghan Hickey, a Boston-based machine learning engineer at Pryon

That can mean picking up on patterns humans can’t see — like learning to spot cancer symptoms invisible to the human eye — or performing human analysis at nonhuman speeds...

That isn’t new; machine learning has been around for more than a decade. But interest in the field is skyrocketing lately: search volume for the phrase "machine learning" has roughly doubled since 2016 and machine learning algorithms play an increasingly visible role in everyday tech.

Machine learning engineers play a key role in all this. While they occasionally build machine learning algorithms, they more often integrate those algorithms into existing software. That's done by connecting the algorithms to relevant data pipelines, compressing them so they don’t overload computer systems and enhancing them with intuitive interfaces...
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Source: Built In

First Monterey Data Conference does Deep Dive into Deep Learning for Science | HPCwire

The Computing Sciences Area (CSA) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory joined forces with the Association for High Speed Computing (AHSC) to organize and support the inaugural Monterey Data Conference, held August 5-8 in Monterey, Calif. 

Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Associate Lab Director Kathy Yelick gave an invited talk on machine learning for science during the 2019 Monterey Data Conference.
This annual, invitation-only meeting was launched this year to give researchers from DOE national laboratories, facilities, universities, and industry the opportunity to share and showcase the latest advances and challenges in scientific data analysis and computing.

The theme for this year’s event was Deep Learning for Science. The program featured talks from leading scientists from across the country who showed the impact of deep learning on a broad set of applications, including precision agriculture, personalized cancer treatment, materials by design, detecting extreme climate events, controlling fusion reactors, managing networks, and tracking particles in advanced physics experiments. The examples went beyond data analysis problems into design and control of experiments and the derivation and refinement of physical models from data, showing how the scientific process and our understanding are being impacted by these methods. Panel discussions from industry and the DOE Labs explored some of the hardware, software, and methods challenges.Read more...
About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
 
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high-performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves more than 7,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. 

Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. DOE Office of Science. » Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab. 
Source: HPCwire

A day at the beach: Deep learning for a child | Pediatrics - Medical Xpress

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.
Read the original article.
The beach offers a wide open playscape where children are fueled by curiosity, as Medical Xpress reports.

Memories and the experiences gained through play are foundational to one’s lifelong learning.
Photo: ShutterstockWhether at the beach or elsewhere outdoors, it helps to take a moment to see the world through the lens of a child who is discovering the world anew, and slow down to be present. 

Part of what happens through 's play is the exhilaration of making choices. These choices, and their consequences, are part of the child's emerging sense of agency and identity.
Children's inquisitive minds crave opportunities that allow them to become designers, builders, mathematicians and innovators of their world.
Sand sculptures crumble, but both memories and the experiences gained through play are foundational to one's lifelong learning. As a parent or guardian, you can support the deep learning that happens through play throughout your child's day, and later when you revisit treasured memories...

Experiencing setbacks is a natural part of life, and when children try again or try something in a new way, they build their perseverance in addition to developing self-regulation. Learning and life are all about overcoming challenges, so understanding how to regulate oneself is foundational for psychological, physical, behavioral and educational well-being.

Stuart Shanker, professor emeritus at York University in psychology and philosophy, and an expert in self-regulation, summarizes self-regulation as "the way in which people manage stresses in their lives." 
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Source: Medical Xpress

IT big 3 to offer artificial intelligence as a platform | Artificial intelligence - Economic Times

TCS, Infosys and Wipro are betting on artificial intelligence platforms to improve delivery of solutions by Ayan Pramanik, Principal Correspondent at The Economic Times.

The IT companies are investing in these platforms “diligently” but have yet to catch upIndian IT services providers Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), InfosysNSE 1.31 % and WiproNSE -2.88 % are betting on artificial intelligence (AI) platforms to improve delivery of solutions and drive faster growth from clients.

These companies are also looking to offer the AI platforms, embedded as part of solutions until now, separately to clients.

Among the three competing platforms — TCS Ignio, Infosys Nia and Wipro HOLMES — only TCS’ Ignio makes revenue independently, at about $60 million.

ET reported on Tuesday that TCS aims to clock $100 million in revenue from its Ignio platform by the end of this fiscal year...

However, it could be a little off the mark to call these solutions AI platforms yet. Technology service providers “are conflating their investments in IP platforms with their investments in AI. For example, Ignio does have a small AI component, but most of the product is not AI but rules-based and procedural,” said Peter Bendor-Samuel, CEO of Everest Group, an IT advisory and research firm.
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Source: Economic Times

DeepMind's Losses and the Future of Artificial Intelligence | Business - WIRED

Alphabet’s DeepMind unit, conqueror of Go and other games, is losing lots of money. Continued deficits could imperil investments in AI, according to Gary Marcus, CEO and Founder at Robust.AI. 

Photo: La Tigre
Alphabet’s DeepMind lost $572 million last year. What does it mean?

DeepMind, likely the world’s largest research-focused artificial intelligence operation, is losing a lot of money fast, more than $1 billion in the past three years. DeepMind also has more than $1 billion in debt due in the next 12 months.

Does this mean that AI is falling apart?...
Deep reinforcement learning also requires a huge amount of data—e.g., millions of self-played games of Go. That’s far more than a human would require to become world class at Go, and often difficult or expensive. That brings a requirement for Google-scale computer resources, which means that, in many real-world problems, the computer time alone would be too costly for most users to consider. By one estimate, the training time for AlphaGo cost $35 million; the same estimate likened the amount of energy used to the energy consumed by 12,760 human brains running continuously for three days without sleep.
But that’s just economics. The real issue, as Ernest Davis and I argue in our forthcoming book Rebooting AI, is trust. For now, deep reinforcement learning can only be trusted in environments that are well controlled, with few surprises; that works fine for Go—neither the board nor the rules have changed in 2,000 years—but you wouldn’t want to rely on it in many real-world situations.Read more...
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Is Online Learning More Effective than Face-to-Face Learning? | Featured - Legal Reader

Education, like everything else, is evolving as technology advances. This has lead to innovative solutions in online learning. But are they better than traditional methods? by Sophia Smith, graphic designer and a content creator.

Laptop with stickers on it, blue backpack, and notebook on a brown woodgrain desk
Photo: Matt Ragland, via Unsplash.com.
Just like every single aspect of our lives is touched by technology and innovation, education has also evolved at an incredible speed over the past several years. Old-school methods are still applied in most renowned educational institutions, while some are very open-minded and have started implementing more novel teaching and learning methods, such as online learning. 

Both seem to succeed and their students come out as brilliant thinkers, innovators, and educators, changing the very systems they come from. However, while there is still a certain amount of skepticism regarding e-learning as the perfect replacement for the good old classroom, both have their merits and drawbacks.

Most of us have had the opportunity to enjoy a little bit of both. How will the future generations perceive the idea of spending hours every day in a classroom, or in front of a screen, if not both, in the purpose of education? How will you as a student, decide which mode of learning will give you the most freedom to shape the rest of your lifestyle and take the path you want in order to accomplish your long-term goals? If you’re still undecided, you can take a look at how both of these learning methods deliver, and then determine which can help you reach your aspirations in life.
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Source: Legal Reader

The downsides of online learning | Opinion - mySA

Rafael Castillo, who teaches English and humanities at Palo Alto College writes, Individualized learning at home is clearly a convenience for students, but actual learning occurs between social negotiation, doing problem-solving in small groups, and navigating interpersonal life-skills.  

Online kindergarten readiness programs are pitched as ways to close the achievement gap, even as wealthier families place their children in play-based early childhood settings with limited screen time.
Photo: KIM RAFF /NYTOne of the paradoxical issues with online classes is the majority of students learn in isolation when they should be learning collaboratively.

Just the click of a mouse and a visual display of technicolor patterns and lists of intriguing questions takes the learner through a maze of obstacles without face-to-face contact or verbal communication. But it’s a fallacy to assume online classes are for everyone.

The national proliferation of online degrees should give parents pause to reflect: “Do I really want Muffy viewing the latest brouhaha between cosmetic kingpin James Charles versus Tati Westbrook on her cell phone, while she’s doing her math online?” Of course not...

Screen-Free Parenting, an internet site for savvy parents, points out, “We have started to see a shift in the conversations about the digital divide in the United States.” It also cites a “Screenagers documentary” making the rounds among parenting circles warning, “when those shiny laptops head home, children’s grades in reading and math go down. When high-speed internet access is provided to an area that previously did not have it, research shows the same thing: academic achievement declines.”
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Source: mySA

Addressing And Removing Common Stereotypes About Older Workers | Leadership - Forbes

Patti Temple Rocks, Head of Client Impact at ICF Next says, I believe one of the reasons that ageism is so pervasive in the workplace is the abundance of unfounded stereotypes about workers over the age of 50. 
Photo: GettyThese stereotypes often paint older workers as technologically incompetent, stubborn and dead set against any kind of professional development. To be frank, these stereotypes are total nonsense.
However, our society is so overrun with stereotypes about older people that’s it easy to -- even unintentionally -- fall into ageist thinking. Let’s acknowledge some of the most popular myths about older workers and look at some ways companies can make sure they’re leading their teams void of this thinking...

As a leader, you can (and should) do your part by making sure that unconscious bias is addressed in your organization. The first step is to acknowledge that it most likely exists in your company and probably within you. Harvard University, an institution that has done research on implicit bias, offers a self-assessment tool that I encourage all leaders to explore.
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Source: Forbes

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