Thursday, September 16, 2021

09/16/2021 People in Need: Even Longer Ida Recovery Outside New Orleans: How Long? - Rutgers student banned from virtual classes for being unvaccinated

Today's Article: People in Need: Even Longer Ida Recovery Outside New Orleans: How Long?

From: KLOVE News
Readability Score: 11.4

While New Orleans may have restored power by the time you read this, the rest of the state has faced a long wait to have power restored. Learn about the challenges faced by the storm survivors; then discuss the importance of reliable, steady power using izzit.org's People, Power & Prosperity.

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https://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

Today's Alternate Article: Rutgers student banned from virtual classes for being unvaccinated
Readability Score: 9.4

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

09/15/2021 Pro-life gaming CEO fired - A 9/11 widow on 20th anniversary and life after the ‘forever nightmare’

Today's Article: Pro-life gaming CEO fired

From: CNN Business
Readability Score: 11.9

A co-founder of Tripwire Interactive recently tweeted support for the US Supreme Court's decision to let stand a strict Texas law regarding abortion. Days later, he lost his job. How does the right of free speech exist in the marketplace? Discuss the issue using izzit.org's First Amendment; you may want to show the video first and then use the article as a case study.

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https://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

Today's Alternate Article: A 9/11 widow on 20th anniversary and life after the ‘forever nightmare’
Readability Score: 6.4

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

09/14/2021 No cashiers, please: Futuristic supermarket opens in Mideast - Skeletons point to world’s oldest known shark attacks

Today's Article: No cashiers, please: Futuristic supermarket opens in Mideast

From: AP News
Readability Score: 11.6

If you could skip the checkout line, would you replace the workers with technology?

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https://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

Today's Alternate Article: Skeletons point to world’s oldest known shark attacks
Readability Score: 7.2

Monday, September 13, 2021

09/13/2021 Internet shutdowns: The new authoritarian weapon of choice - His Wheelchair Was Found Damaged Before The Race. Then He Set A Paralympic Record

Today's Article: Internet shutdowns: The new authoritarian weapon of choice
From: protocol.com
Readability Score: 12.1

Are governments shutting down the internet to win elections and control the populace?

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https://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

Today's Alternate Article: His Wheelchair Was Found Damaged Before The Race. Then He Set A Paralympic Record
Readability Score: 9.5


Friday, September 10, 2021

09/10/2021 Plans for $400-billion new city in the American desert unveiled - 8-year old holds lemonade stand to raise money for a real-life fire truck for his community

Today's Article: Plans for $400-billion new city in the American desert unveiled

From: CNN
Readability Score: 13.4

Utopia ready for building. There's just one catch. They need $400 billion to fund building it. What will utopia look like? And who will pay for it?

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https://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

Today's Alternate Article: 8-year old holds lemonade stand to raise money for a real-life fire truck for his community

Readability Score: 9.7 

Why including Financial Literacy is vital for students

By Dean Graziano

As a result of an ever-changing global economy, schools and businesses have a stake in preparing students for a post-secondary career path. Simply put, businesses need a workforce that is knowledgeable and prepared!  No longer can schools or businesses remain in separate silos. It is time to think outside the box and break traditional notions that a school is four walls-it is not that way anymore! A great emphasis on employability skills built on a strong foundation of financial literacy (a major focus of our program) are the key components towards success.

Many people ask, “How can we cure poverty?”  What if we start with a different statement and ask a different question?  Poverty is truly the natural state of humankind.  No one can reasonably rise above subsistence level without an ability to trade for goods and services.  Instead, we ask, “How do we create wealth?” and respond by educating teens and their families on the universal principles of financial literacy (please review our video, Financial Literacy. No one escapes poverty without income and savings, so we teach how jobs are created (the entrepreneurial mindset) and basic money skills through deferred gratification. 

Utilizing our Financial Literacy video empowers students to demonstrate mastery of the competencies and employability skills necessary for career readiness, with a further understanding that financial literacy leads to greater personal and economic freedom.

Engage-to bring to light an awareness of employability skills, including but not limited to a strong financial literacy foundation (budgeting, importance of saving, deferred gratification, etc.), cover letter and resume preparation, mock interviews with critique from work-based learning partners, and basic introduction to a particular job or career, thereby piquing interest while providing coursework and/or skills necessary.

Educate-allowing students to build a deeper knowledge to the importance of financial literacy, some “hands-on” learning, advancing skills/competencies in the area for which the student has identified interest; and

Empower-students receive the competencies and employability skills necessary for a post-secondary path-wherever they choose.

A summary of key strategic advantages of a foundation in financial literacy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • More experienced incoming employees (post-secondary students)
  • Community-wide involvement which underscores an investment back to the community
  • Provides greater flexibility to customize and contribute to student learning
  • Makes a difference in the lives of many
  • Enables improved business practices & creates positive employee advantages
  • Life-long employability skills applicable anywhere




Thursday, September 9, 2021

09/09/2021 China cuts video game time for kids to 3 hours each week - New Zealand police kill "terrorist" after he stabs 6 people

Today's Article: China cuts video game time for kids to 3 hours each week

From: Yahoo! News
Readability Score: 12.6

In an effort to curb gaming addiction, China has enacted strict new measures to limit youth (under 18) to only 3 hours of online play each weekend-- one hour each on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Discuss the power and peril of a command economy; then follow up with izzit.org's The People's Economy to look at the challenges and rewards entrepreneurs can face in China.

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https://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

Today's Alternate Article: New Zealand police kill "terrorist" after he stabs 6 people
Readability Score: 9.7

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

09/08/2021 Pandemic windfall for US schools has few strings attached - What we know about Ida aftermath

Today's Article: Pandemic windfall for US schools has few strings attached

From: Associated Press
Readability Score: 10.4

What would you do if you were suddenly handed a huge check and told you had three years to spend it? What would you do if you were in charge of your city's education and this happened? School leaders are trying to decide how best to use "windfall pandemic money" that Congress appropriated. How can we best spend these unexpected funds? Who should fund education? Discuss school funding and innovation, but also consider how we spend money depending on where it comes from.

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https://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

Today's Alternate Article: What we know about Ida aftermath
Readability Score: 9.0

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

09/07/2021 Renters Prepare for Eviction After Supreme Court Ruling - Afghan midwife with dreams of becoming doctor loses job under Taliban rule

Today's Article: Renters Prepare for Eviction After Supreme Court Ruling

From: Wall Street Journal
Readability Score: 10.8

Is it time? Renters prepare for eviction. What's fair?

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https://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

Today's Alternate Article: Afghan midwife with dreams of becoming doctor loses job under Taliban rule
Readability Score: 9.0

Friday, September 3, 2021

09/03/2021 In China, Kids Are Limited To Playing Video Games For Only 3 Hours Per Week - That's the Ticket: Move from Paper to Digital Divides Fans

Today's Article: In China, Kids Are Limited To Playing Video Games For Only 3 Hours Per Week

From: NPR
Readability Score: 15.6

Game over for video game fans in China as Communists restrict playing time to 3 hours a week.

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https://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

Today's Alternate Article: That's the Ticket: Move from Paper to Digital Divides Fans
Readability Score: 9.6