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Coronavirus changed our approach to education — and we shouldn’t look back (access required)

Improvisation is a bad fit for most of American education. Our system is overwhelmingly standardized, predicated on the notion that there are certain nuggets of information to be stuffed into the heads of our schoolchildren: take the number of nuggets, ...

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Teaching and meeting facilitating tips for these COVID times (access required)

At Alfred University, we have yet to run across a college student during these COVID months who does not long for a return to the Old Norm of good old-fashioned classroom instruction. COVID has resulted in colleges pivoting to a significantly ...

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National Apprenticeship Week shines light on opportunities in manufacturing (access required)

When National Apprenticeship Week was first launched in 2015, the purpose was to give manufacturing businesses and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices. Across the country, manufacturers were struggling to find skilled labor to fill chronically ...

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SBA honors military spouses, veteran heroes, and their entrepreneurial spirit (access required)

Across America, there are thousands of military veterans, spouses and transitioning service members looking to start their own businesses. These men and women are proven leaders, and we know that they make outstanding business leaders. Each year, there are over ...

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Is ‘sustainable marketing’ the future of marketing in a post-pandemic era? (access required)

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly influenced how individuals evaluate products or services that they receive. The influence may vary depending on products, but it is there. Our perspectives about sources and origins of what we purchase and the manner which ...

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Rochester small businesses deserve truth in lending (access required)

Here in Rochester, small businesses are doing all they can to stay afloat during the pandemic, changing their product offerings and taking out loans. Unfortunately, too many small businesses are still in the dark on the true cost of predatory ...

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Profits uber alles: Milton Friedman on business, Disney and Mulan (access required)

Fifty years ago, in September 1970, the prominent economist Milton Friedman famously argued that the social responsibility of business was to increase its profits. This was a remarkable statement because it suggested very plainly that corporate executives did not really ...

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How much information is enough? (access required)

Do we really need to know how many calories there are in the bag of popcorn that we just purchased while proceeding to a movie theatre? Do we really benefit by knowing how much time Uncle Sam thinks it should ...

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NY pharmacies depend on the state’s supply chain partnership (access required)

Since its peak in April, New York’s number of new COVID-19 cases has declined significantly, the figure ticking downward throughout the month of June. However, our state’s fight against COVID-19 is far from over, and our long-term recovery demands renewed ...

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Local students leading discussion on change, social issues (access required)

“You only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” — John Steinbeck When faced with racism, a non-racist stays silent. Anti-racists, because they feel the inflicted inhumanity themselves, call people up (not out) to model mutual respect and human ...

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Government needs to save Upstate’s hospitality industry (access required)

Family vacations and restaurant date nights are among the many hospitality industry pastimes not likely to “return to normal” even as Upstate enters into phase 4 of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s planned reopening for the Finger Lakes Region. The economic impact ...

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Old principles for today’s police (access required)

We have all watched the events of the last few weeks unfold with high emotion. It started with George Floyd being stopped for, allegedly, passing a counterfeit $20. We know what happened next. The horrifying nine-minute video speaks volumes about ...

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Guest Opinion: Unfairness in society matters more than inequality (access required)

Even though the United States likes to think of itself as an exceptional nation, several aspects of this exceptionalism are completely uninspiring. For instance, even though many Americans without a college degree die every year from drug addiction, this scourge ...

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