House Republicans drop rule change gutting ethics watchdog

House Republicans were forced into a humiliating climbdown on Tuesday after Donald Trump tweeted criticism of their move to gut an independent congressional ethics watchdog. Members ditched their plan to severely weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) at an emergency meeting just before the start of a new legislative session on Capitol Hill in Washington. The original rule change, carried out without warning and behind closed doors, had provoked a fierce backlash from Democrats and transparency activists when first announced on Monday night. But it was flexing of…

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Recent Groundbreaking Microscopy Techniques That Could Change the World

Many modern scientific and technological discoveries are predicated on humanity’s ability to control and visualize things in the microscopic scale. This is accomplished through microscopy, the technical field of using microscopes to enable the visualization of objects that cannot be seen by unaided human vision. This field has a myriad of medical, scientific, and engineering applications, the most known of which perhaps is its importance in diagnostic and life science instrumentation. Focusing a microscope is typically achieved through minute adjustments on the position of the instrument’s optics and the specimen…

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South Africa: Support grows for status change for temporary educators

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has voiced its support for the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union’s demand that educators employed on temporary contracts become permanent employees. This is a significant vote of support as the Congress of South African Trade Unions is that country’s national trade union confederation. High School in South Africa. © UNESCO/Darryl Evans   The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU), affiliated to Education International (EI), had urged national public authorities to change their treatment of temporary educators. It said that temporary educators have been…

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Lead the Change interview with John Hattie

John Hattie is Professor and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia and chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. He is the author of Visible Learning, Visible Learning for Teachers, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, and Visible Learning into Action. He is also co-editor of the International Guide to Student Achievement. John Hattie’s influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study…

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