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The fact that so many computer scientists are ignorant or disdainful of non-technical approaches is worrisome. Here are some steps forward.

Universities should start with broader training for computer science students. Most top undergraduate programs in computer science, do not require students to take a course on ethical and social issues in computer science!

Organizations should explore the social and ethical issues their products create: Google and Microsoft deserve credit for researching algorithmic discrimination, and Facebook for investigating echo chambers.

Companies should hire the people harmed or excluded by their products: whose faces their computer vision systems don’t recognize. Hire non-computer-scientists and have them challenge the worldviews of the workforce. wired.com
President Donald Trump signed an executive order, flanked by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, aiming to rein federal control of education in the U.S.

Trump hopes to put his stamp on the Education Department advocating for more local control of schools in his executive order. 

The order also requests DeVos review the Every Student Succeeds Act, an Obama-era education law, and Common Core, education standards adopted by most states.

The order initiates a process that could see substantial changes made to K-12 education in the United States. cnn.com
A pre-K teacher in Indiana was fired after telling her employer she needed surgery to remove a brain tumor.

She was diagnosed with a brain tumor after going to the doctor for severe headaches. Three days later doctors went in to remove the tumor. The 32-year-old teacher alerted her employer, Child Adult Resource Services, to let them know she would be off from work.

Amanda Anderson had worked for the school for less than a year.

"My supervisor told me that I would need to talk to her director in the corporate office because she didn't think I'd been there long enough and she'd have her call me. Five minutes later I got a phone call that said my employment had been terminated," Anderson told Fox 59.

The school says they are within the law because Anderson didn't have leave coverage under the Family and Medical Leave act because she was employed at the school for a short period of time fox8.com
When Jean-Philippe Michel, a Toronto-based career coach, works with secondary school students, he doesn’t use the word profession. Neither does he focus on helping his young clients figure out what they want to be when they grow up—at least not directly. For him, there's really no such thing as deciding on a profession to grow up into.

Rather than encouraging each person to choose a profession, say, architect or engineer, he works backwards from the skills that each student wants to acquire. So instead of saying, “I want to be a doctor”, he’ll aim to get students to talk about a goal, in this case “using empathy in a medical setting”.

It might seem a bit esoteric, but the twist in language helps boil down real objectives. And sometimes those don’t jibe with a single profession or even the career choice you might have imagined wanting at the start. Instead, Michel says deciding the skills you want to use leads to a career that’s more targeted—and thus more likely to bring you satisfaction.

It also might be less a job and more a set of projects and work situations that lead you from one thing to the next. The purpose, above all, is to prepare the next generation for a career in the future, which for many will be made up of numerous micro-jobs aimed at well-paid skilled workers, and not a single boss and company, he says. bbc.com
Pushy parents should leave their children alone during school holidays so that they can develop resilience and independence, the headmaster at one of Britain’s leading preparatory schools has said.  

Rather than forcing youngsters into “tightly controlled schedules” full of CV-building activities such as musical instrument lessons, parents should let their children to entertain themselves.  

Fred de Falbe, headmaster of the £23,000-a-year Beeston Hall School in Norfolk, said that it would be far better for a child's personal development to allow them to become bored, so that they can then find creative ways to occupy their time.

Children should be left to play during school holidays. He suggests instead that children should be left to play with paper darts, unicycle, stilts, or a Rubik’s cube. telegraph.co.uk
A new study of Spanish-English bilingual children by researchers at Florida Atlantic University published in the journal Developmental Science finds that when children learn two languages from birth each language proceeds on its own independent course, at a rate that reflects the quality of the children's exposure to each language.

In addition, the study finds that Spanish skills become vulnerable as children's English skills develop, but English is not vulnerable to being taken over by Spanish. In their longitudinal data, the researchers found evidence that as the children developed stronger skills in English, their rates of Spanish growth declined.

Spanish skills did not cause English growth to slow, so it's not a matter of necessary trade-offs between two languages. eurekalert.org