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Teaching your kids to ride a bike is a task that every parent will face, and there are multiple ways to go about it. 

Typically, the process consisted of a number of months using stabilisers followed by that unnerving-but-joyous day when the stabilisers came off. The invention of the balance bike put paid to that timeline for many households, allowing toddlers to master the coordination of steering before they’re tasked with pedalling. 

The balance bike method seems a much safer series of events, but it does come with the caveat that your first trip to the bike shop happens earlier than it otherwise would. This ultimately leads to an extra bike in the stable and an additional hole in your budget, albeit thankfully, a balance bike will be loose change in comparison to the bikes your kids are going to want when they grow up. 

Kids’ bikes,

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Land a New Job With an Ageless Resume

Working as a real estate broker wasn’t giving Cort Howard the steady income he wanted or enough time with his family, so last October he began looking for a new job. In addition to networking, Howard, 54, hired Joe Konop, owner of One Great Resume, to help him craft a resume that highlighted his relevant experience and skills, not his age.

 The ageless resume omitted key dates while emphasizing Howard’s sales experience and the 15 online technology courses he’d recently completed. The $350 Howard spent for the resume, cover letter and an edited LinkedIn profile produced a big payoff: By late December, Howard landed a salaried position as a territory sales manager with a software manufacturer.

Even in the best of times, older workers may have difficulty attracting prospective employers, who typically prefer tech-savvy younger generations that can be hired for less money. But these are not the best of

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Newborn among Minnesota children recently hospitalized

Over 20.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 5.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 166,361 deaths.

Florida tops 9,000 deaths At least 561 inmates test positive at Florida prison Newborn among Minnesota children recently hospitalized

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The coronavirus pandemic should force a rethink of higher education

Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Sociology and Medicine and Founding Director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University. Christine Baker-Smith is Managing Director and Director of Research at the Hope Center.

As the fall season approaches, students and higher education administrators are preparing for a difficult return to college.

With both the coronavirus pandemic and overdue attention to systemic racism confronting the sector, one thing is clear: For many, a new mindset is required to produce positive results for students. 

The American public and a preponderance of legislators think college is still 20 or even 30 years ago. Say “undergraduate” and their minds conjure a rose-colored, movie-constructed utopian scene: Mom and Dad dropping off their son at his new dorm, setting him up to study for a bachelor’s degree fueled by sushi from the dining hall, parties with his friends, perhaps a part-time job at

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Hotels housing college students in effort to social distance

When Bailey Hedges requested where she wanted to live on campus this fall during her first semester at the University of Pittsburgh, staying in a hotel wasn’t an option.

Until it was.

The university followed up with Hedges, 18, after she submitted her initial on-campus housing application to find out if she’d want to live at a hotel instead. She said yes – skeptically.

“I didn’t know if other people were going to be in the hotel that weren’t students,” she told USA TODAY. But it turned out her hotel, the Wyndham University Center, located on campus, would be completely full of first-year students, so “it feels like I’m dorming anyway,” she said. Her room includes traditional hotel room decor like a dresser and desk, but her One Direction shower curtain is a reminder the room belongs to a student.

Hotel chains, including Wyndham, Hilton and Graduate Hotels, are working

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My Daughter And I Just Became ‘Unhoused’ During The COVID-19 Crisis

"My fear, and I know it is shared by many, is that the chasm between socioeconomic classes will irreparably grow through this economic downturn." (Photo: Morsa Images via Getty Images)
“My fear, and I know it is shared by many, is that the chasm between socioeconomic classes will irreparably grow through this economic downturn.” (Photo: Morsa Images via Getty Images)

The new phrase is unhoused. Homeless is out. I didn’t have to look it up. Having volunteered at a day shelter for the last nine years, I already knew the answer.

I did so anyway, because my sweet friends keep trying to convince me that we are not, in fact, either homeless or unhoused. They resist the label because they love me, and because being homeless, or unhoused, is an unpleasant, socially awkward situation; it is vulnerable and unstable and none of the things you want for a friend.

Except that we are. Unhoused. Our belongings are packed in a garage in central Virginia, and I no longer have employment. The question of where my daughter and I will lay

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Distrust of authority fuels virus misinformation for Latinos

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When Claudia Guzman suspected she had caught the coronavirus, her friends and family were full of advice: Don’t quarantine. Don’t get tested. A homemade tea will help cure you.

“They were saying, ‘Don’t go to the hospital,’ because supposedly, if you are admitted into the hospital, they administer the virus into your body,” said Guzman, who was born in Chicago to parents from Mexico and now lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

False claims and conspiracy theories, ranging from bogus cures to the idea that the virus is a hoax, have dogged efforts to control the pandemic from the beginning. While bad information about the virus is a problem for everyone, it can pose a particular threat to communities of people of color who alreadyface worse outcomes from the virus.

Among Latinos in the U.S., misinformation around the coronavirus has found fertile ground because many in their communities

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This University President Knows Why America Can’t Afford to Neglect HBCUs

(Photo: Xavier University LA)
(Photo: Xavier University LA)

Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have long served the Black community, providing access to higher education at times other schools would not. They also play a distinct and vital role throughout American society, cultivating diverse talent while driving innovation and economic growth. And yet, they don’t receive the same support as other universities and colleges around the country.

One in five Black American college graduates received their bachelor’s degree from an HBCU, despite the institutions operating with endowments about 70% lower than non-HBCU schools. And while HBCUs have proven their resilience — surmounting segregation barriers during Jim Crow, decades of inadequate funding and accreditation bureaucracy — they are now presented with even more new challenges that put their futures at risk.

This year’s pandemic, ensuing economic downturn and social unrest around systemic racism have converged with a disproportionate impact on the Black community. These forces

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‘I can’t teach when I’m dead.’ Professors fear COVID-19 as college campuses open

Students' return for fall semester was staggered over 10 days at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, to enforce social distancing during as they settled in. <span class="copyright">(Gerry Broome / Associated Press)</span>
Students’ return for fall semester was staggered over 10 days at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, to enforce social distancing during as they settled in. (Gerry Broome / Associated Press)

When masked students walk back into his Northern Arizona University lab room at the end of the month, Tad Theimer will face them from behind a Plexiglas face shield while holding an infrared thermometer to their foreheads. As they examine bat skulls under microscopes, the biology professor will open windows and doors, hoping to drive out exhaled aerosols that could spread coronavirus.

But as one of hundreds of professors who will be back on campus along with 20,000 students in one of the states hit worst by the pandemic, Theimer is also torn on whether to enter his classroom at all.

“I want to teach and it’s best done in person,” said Theimer, 62, who has been a professor

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What can parents who work outside the home do about remote schooling?

People who work at grocery stores can't work from home. Here, Anthony Capone, a Vons supervisor in Torrance, greets customers in April. <span class="copyright">(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)</span>
People who work at grocery stores can’t work from home. Here, Anthony Capone, a Vons supervisor in Torrance, greets customers in April. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

With California schools starting up again virtually, many parents are wondering how they can get back — or stay — at work if their kids can’t physically go back to class.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all conundrum. Two-parent households of means might be able to work from home and take turns helping kids navigate distance learning or hire a tutor. A single parent who is an essential worker might find herself with fewer options.

Daniel Alvarez, who works in a food facility, said he isn’t sure how his family is going to manage his two school-age kids’ studies when his wife is finally able to return to her job as a hair stylist.

“What do we do?” Alvarez said recently while waiting in

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