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Italy has already been seeing the effects of climate change. Extreme weather (including early spring frost and a summer drought) was responsible for a 57% drop in Italy's olive harvest. Now, Italian children will see lessons in climate change, as Italy becomes the first country to make climate change education mandatory.

Italy's education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti, is requiring climate change education for all students. Beginning in September 2020, all students will receive 33 hours a year of lessons on climate change and environmental sustainability, which is about one hour per school week. But that's just to start. Fioramonti's goal is to bring climate change education into other subjects, such as geography and math, where students would look at traditional subjects from a sustainable perspective.

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An Educator (And NEA President) Schools Us On What Teachers Do Every Day

In our precarious times, teachers have become social workers, substitute parents, babysitters, and psychologists too.

Nearly everyone would agree that teachers in our country are underpaid and underappreciated. But in our precarious times, teachers have become social workers, substitute parents, babysitters, and psychologists too. Besides teaching the three R's, they monitor the mental health and well-being of children.

In a speech that verges on performance art, National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García lists all the important work that a typical teacher does in a day. “We serve kids a hot meal, we put Band-Aids on boo-boos," she starts. But then it turns into an insane litany listing the manifold tasks of a typical teacher: immunizations, paperwork, “career counseling, pregnancy counseling, mental health counseling." Teachers stop kids from bullying, “tell them to say 'I'm sorry' and mean it," “foster racial tolerance and cultural diversity." And that's just the beginning.

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"Holocaust Memorial" by faeanna is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The atrocities committed during WWII are fading from history because we’re failing to teach future generations about them. Now, a new law in Oregon will make sure we don’t repeat the darker chapters of our past by requiring students to learn about the Holocaust, as well as other genocides.

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High school and group projects: a duo that I’m forever grateful I left behind in 2009. Depending on the dynamics of the actual group, the project could be a breeze, with everyone pitching in and contributing based on their strengths. But sometimes, even a simple assignment would turn nightmarish.

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Students at Redditor Z-Games’s school recently received the school’s yearbook, only to have it yanked out of their young hands thanks to some guy named Jordan and his quote, according to fellow Reddit user Bwavo.

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Anna Trupiano is a first-grade teacher at a school that serves deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students from birth through eighth grade.

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