This week, the American Library Association and several other groups are marking "Banned Books Week". The goal is to make people aware of efforts to restrict certain books, and to work to protect the freedom to share ideas - even unpopular ideas.
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Fourteen-year-old Harini Logan won the Scripps National Spelling Bee last Thursday, defeating 12-year-old Vikram Raju in a tie-breaker. It's the first time the contest has ever been decided by a tie-breaking round of spelling.
Students at an elementary school in California, with the help of their art teacher, created a telephone hotline that people can call to get cheerful advice from kids during difficult times. In just days, the hotline began getting thousands of calls an hour.
On Tuesday, the high court in the Indian state of Karnataka ruled that the government can ban Muslim girls from wearing head scarves at school. The ruling comes at a time when many Muslims in India feel threatened by the government's "Hindu first" actions.
Over the last few weeks, Covid-19 case numbers have been hitting record levels around the world. Governments are struggling to figure out safe ways to keep schools open and avoid going back to remote classes, but it's a complicated challenge.
Uganda opened its schools yesterday for the first time in nearly two years. It's the longest school shutdown of any country in the world. Though students, teachers, and parents are excited for school to begin again, many students won't be returning.
Every year in late fall, heavy pollution makes the air in India's capital, New Delhi dangerous to breathe. New Delhi's government has closed schools for the week, and paused building activities. Now judges have told the city to call a pollution lockdown.
United Kingdom students who want to go to university will now have their A-level test grades based on predictions by their teachers instead of a government formula. The sudden change comes in response to strong protests over the formula's fairness.
Schools are currently closed in 106 countries because of the coronavirus pandemic. The closings affect over 1 billion students. Many people are eager to change that, but there are serious challenges in the way.
Nepal's government is requiring students in grades four through eight to take yoga classes. The government says the classes will give students exercise and improve their health. But some people don't like the idea because of yoga's connections to religion.