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This 2.2-Million-Year-Old Child Fossil Made A Lot Of Scientists Very, Very Upset

Scientists argued for decades about this little fossil, partly because of their own hang-ups about human origins. This suspenseful story is a great reminder of why it’s good to keep an open and inquiring mind.Don't miss the dirt at 6:45 on why scientists rejected new ideas, the description of one of the biggest scientific hoaxes ever at 8:31, and the crazy eureka moment about predators at 12:54.

Right now, the U.S. is engaged in deep debates about how to handle school re-openings in the fall in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. It's a question with no good answers, unfortunately. But the question itself is shining a spotlight on the various functions schools serve and what we've come to expect out of teachers and schools beyond just teaching kids—expectations that, when you see them all written out, actually seem quite absurd.

An award-winning teacher from Iowa, Allison Hoeman, has beautifully explained how society has dumped most of its failings onto the shoulders of schools and teachers, and now expects them to offer themselves up as tribute during a literal pandemic.

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