Foreign students face mass DEPORTATIONS from US if their universities switch to online-only classes


07-07-20 07:07:00,

US immigration authorities have warned foreign students at colleges offering online-only courses that they must transfer to schools with in-person classes or face deportation. The rule has students and many professors up in arms.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ended the temporary exceptions it granted foreign students during the spring semester, leaving some students whose schools have gone online-only for fall facing removal from the country – or stranded back home. The loophole had permitted non-immigrant student visa holders to stay in the US while taking online courses due to the coronavirus epidemic, which forced universities to shut down on short notice, but while the pandemic lingers, ICE’s largesse does not.

Under the new rules, non-immigrant foreign students attending colleges that are offering only online courses for the fall semester must change schools or leave the country. “If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings,” the notice, posted on the ICE website on Monday, warned.

Those students seeking to reenter the US for the fall semester will be denied visas if their school is offering solely online courses, ICE, which administers the US’ student visa program, added. However, they can come back if the school switches to in-person classes – and indeed they must come back if that happens, or risk losing their student visa for good.

While foreign students attending colleges that offer part-online “hybrid” classes may take more than one online course, they have to jump through a number of certification hoops with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which will presumably be keeping a close eye on them. Students have just 10 days to notify the program if they switch to online-only courses (and presumably start the process of leaving the US before ICE catches up with them).

What if students are going back to countries without good internet connection? Or where the time difference makes it difficult to join classes online? This makes it so difficult for these students to continue to get the education they paid for.

— Miriam Abaya (@AbayaMiriam) July 6, 2020

The notice didn’t go over well on social media, where many pointed out that these students had paid to study in the US and many came from countries where internet connections were spotty,

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1 Million Students At California Universities To Stay Home Next Fall As Campuses Go ‘Online Only’


16-05-20 10:07:00,

The California State University system, commonly recognized as the largest four-year university system in the country with 23 total campus, will not hold in-person classes through the fall semester for the majority of programs due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Chancellor Timothy White informed a board meeting on Tuesday that “nearly all in-person classes” will be canceled, meaning the current remote learning online format will continue. 

And additionally concerning the other major system in the state, the University of California, a new statement this week said “it’s likely none of our campuses will fully re-open in fall,” according to a UC spokesman.

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Getty Images.

As multiple reports have underscored, this means a total of more than 770,000 students will not return to campus — which will no doubt be a huge blow to school finances, which often relies heavily for daily operations on campus-related fees such as housing, to say nothing of the coming likely massive drop in tuition and other crucial funds.

Considering other public and private colleges and universities in California are now likely to also go on-line only, we’re now talking a whopping one million students expected to stay home.

It further introduces the huge unknown of how many students will choose to forgo paying tuition for what many see as a sub-par online education as opposed to the holistic experience of a college campus. As we described before many especially incoming college freshmen are likely to take a ‘gap year’ as they’re not interested in dropping $50K plus for a semester sitting in their living room.

A California State University statement this week said: “First and foremost is the health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff, and the evolving data surrounding the progression of Covid-19  current and as forecast throughout the 2020-21 academic year,” according to CNN.

And the University of California announcement said it “will be exploring a mixed approach with some material delivered in classroom and labs settings while other classes will continue to be online.”

#CORONAVIRUS IMPACT: The California State University (CSU) system said it plans to cancel all in-personal classes for the fall and to continue instruction online.

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Students Suffer “Separation Anxiety” After Schools Take Smartphones During Class


25-01-20 10:37:00,

Smartphones continue to be one of the biggest distractions that teachers of all levels have to deal with in the classroom. 

Now, according to the WSJ, teachers are dealing with a consequence that nobody ever could have imagined when taking kids phones in order to provide a distraction-free learning environment: separation anxiety. 

Teachers across the US are comparing notes on what the best ways to manage this anxiety are. Some of them allow students to physically hold their phones in pouches that they can’t open during class. Others let students charge their phones at stations in class instead of having to leave them alone in their lockers. 

Some teachers even offer extra credit to students for being able to part with their phones during class. 

South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School had to find a way to stop students from sneaking out of class to their locker to check their phones. They took the route of buying foamlike pouches that won’t unlock without a special magnet. 

The school lets students decorate their pouches and personalize them to “make them as cool as humanly possible for something that’s restricting them from their device,” according to the school’s principal, Brian Blough. 

Blough says students were “fiending” the first few weeks waiting to have their pouches unlocked after the school day. 

Other students tried to pry open and cut their pouches open. Eighth-grader Olamide Oladitan simply said: “It didn’t work.”

He eventually gave up on trying to figure out a way to open his pouch. “I didn’t like it because I really wanted to get to my phone, but at the same time I didn’t hate it because it helped me get better grades,” he admitted, likely begrudgingly. 

YouTube eve shows some “hacks” to try and get the pouches open, including one video that shows people lighting the pouches on fire. 

Other schools, like High Point Academy Fort Worth in Texas, use apps that track how much students touch their phone during school hours. Students can earn points and rewards for not touching their phones during school hours, including Starbucks drinks and credits that allow them to drop their worst test scores. 

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3.7 Million Students Returning to Schools Tomorrow in Syria


02-09-19 02:27:00,

Syrian Students Return to Schools – Archive photo

Syrian Ministry of Education issued its latest figures on the status of education all over the country, especially after cleaning more towns and villages from NATO terrorists.

Keep in mind these millions of children are traumatized, terrorized, saw live before their own eyes horror western children would get life-long trauma watching on TVs. Many of these children lost their parents, or one of them or at least a close relative throughout the US-led War of Terror against Syria. The Syrian state through the educators and cadre of the Ministry of Education is working tremendously hard to comfort these children while the Syrian Arab Army and its allies continue to work effortlessly to clean more towns and villages from NATO terrorists, to keep Syria’s future safe and secure.

The following is a list detailing the distribution of 3,693,778 students over 12,791 schools who will resume studying tomorrow 2nd of September for the 2019 – 2020 school year as per the respective heads of provinces in the Ministry of Education.

The Syrian capital Damascus: 880 schools for 361,242 students, under the supervision of 21,212 teachers.

Damascus Countryside Province: 1,580 schools for 650,732 students under the supervision of 34,507 teachers.

Homs Province: 1,490 schools for 371,544 students under the supervision of 25,476 teachers.

Hama Province: 1,520 schools for 405,950 students under the supervision of 30,188 teachers. Intensified work is underway in the recently liberated towns and villages in the northern countryside to evaluate the needs of the schools there.

Aleppo Province: 1,430 schools for 514,603 students under the supervision 24,262 teachers.

Latakia Province: 1,220 schools for 261,221 students under the supervision of 36,200 teachers.

Tartous Province: 1,380 schools for 232,208 students under the supervision of 29,487 teachers.

Sweida Province: 611 schools for 106,618 students under the supervision of 10,396 teachers.

Daraa Province: 620 schools for 229,250 students under the supervision of 15,581 teachers.

Quneitra Province: 280 schools for 100,298 students under the supervision of 6,878 teachers.

Deir Ezzor Province: 570 schools for 100,000 students under the supervision of 8,529 teachers.

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60% Of Students At New York’s Ultra-Liberal Waldorf Schools Are Unvaccinated


14-06-19 08:52:00,

As New York prepares to ban religious exemptions for vaccinations following recent measles outbreaks in the vaccine-averse Orthodox Jewish communities, the New York Times reports that around 60% of the 300 or so students attending New York’s ultra-liberal Waldorf school are unvaccinated. Of note, a 2014 analysis of CDC data by RealClearScience concluded that “anti-vaxxers are clearly more associated with the political left.”

Founded in the early 20th century by eccentric Austrian educator Rudolf Steiner who invented a metaphysical philosophy known as “anthroposophy,” the pricey Waldorf schools (which can run from $25,000 – $40,000 per year), ban textbooks from the 6th grade, while all forms of technology such as smartphones are prohibited altogether. 

Steiner believed that diseases were influenced by “astral bodies,” and that Anthroposophical medicine could “extend the knowledge gained through the methods of the natural sciences of the present age with insights from spiritual science,” such as using mistletoe to treat cancer. 

In 1923, Steiner wrote: “Treatment with modified virus vaccine is effective in the case of diphtheria, because the body is thus given a strong impulse to become active, but it has unfavorable after-effects. Particularly if a child is treated with vaccine, it will later suffer a hardening of its organization. One must therefore strive to replace vaccines with bathing treatment, especially in the case of diphtheria.”

Steiner’s beliefs are reflected in the parents of Waldorf students, according to the Times

The mother of an unvaccinated child here in the New York suburbs says eating papaya helps to combat measles. The father of another child who has not been immunized believes that big pharmaceutical companies are paying millions of dollars to doctors, government officials and even judges to bury the truth about vaccine complications.

Another mother says the souls of her children are on a journey that vaccines would impede. “As a parent, for me, a lot of my job is to just not put extra obstacles in that soul’s way,” she said.

All three parents represent an anti-vaccine fervor on the left that is increasingly worrying health authorities. They often cluster around progressive private schools that are part of the Waldorf educational movement,

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