1. 13:17 14th Sep 2014

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    Reblogged from melissadoom

    After spending all day in school, our children are forced to begin a second shift, with more academic assignments to be completed at home. This arrangement is rather odd when you stop to think about it, as is the fact that few of us ever do stop to think about it.
    Instead of assuming that homework should be a given, or that it allegedly benefits children, I’ve spent the last few years reviewing the available research and talking to parents, teachers and students. My findings can be summarized in seven words: Homework is all pain and no gain.
    The pain is obvious to kids but isn’t always taken seriously by adults. Backpacks stuffed with assignments leave students exhausted, frustrated, less interested in intellectual pursuits and lacking time to do things they enjoy. “Most of what homework is doing,” says literacy expert Harvey Daniels, “is driving kids away from learning.”
    We parents, meanwhile, turn into nags. After being away from our children all day, the first words out of our mouths, sadly, may be: “So, did you finish your homework?” One mother told me it permanently damaged her relationship with her son because it forced her to be an enforcer rather than a mom.
    The surprising news, though, is that there are virtually no pros to balance the cons. Even if you regard grades or test scores as good measures of learning, which I do not, doing homework has no statistical relationship to achievement in elementary school. In high school, some studies do find a correlation between homework and test scores, but it’s usually fairly small. And in any case, it’s far from clear that the former causes the latter. And if you’re wondering, not a single study has ever supported the folk wisdom that homework teaches good work habits or develops positive character traits such as self-discipline, responsibility or independence.
    — 

    Alfie Kohn, The Case Against Homework (via thislifeunforgiven)

    Shit I knew in school but was unable to articulate.

    (via catbountry)

    So, ok, how does this work for an AP English class where you’re reading a significant number of novels per semester? When does that happen? When does essay writing happen? Peer review? Discussion?

    (via stormingtheivory)

    (Source: fullmetalchickenwuss)

     
  2. 13:10 12th Sep 2014

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    Reblogged from whatapleb

    illbeoutback:

    If you’re protesting abortion, the Supreme Court says you can get right in women’s faces and scream at them on their way into the clinic. Because freedom of speech.

    But if you try and protest the murder of a black man, you get tear gas fired at you.

     
  3. 15:38 10th Sep 2014

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    Reblogged from colchrishadfield

    We should all try and be at least as prepared for climate change as we are for the zombie apocalypse.

     
  4. 12:41

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    Reblogged from porcedex

    takeprideinyourheritage:

EXCLUSIVE: St. Louis Police Officer Blows the Whistle on Rampant Corruption Within the Department
“I wouldn’t have came down here (to Ferguson) and stood on those front lines, I would have taken my uniform off and have resigned. I didn’t have to come down here, but I would not have come down here and oppressed these people.”
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/suspended-st-louis-officer-speaks-darren-wilson-department/

    takeprideinyourheritage:

    EXCLUSIVE: St. Louis Police Officer Blows the Whistle on Rampant Corruption Within the Department

    “I wouldn’t have came down here (to Ferguson) and stood on those front lines, I would have taken my uniform off and have resigned. I didn’t have to come down here, but I would not have come down here and oppressed these people.”

    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/suspended-st-louis-officer-speaks-darren-wilson-department/

     
  5. 23:13 9th Sep 2014

    Notes: 8028

    Reblogged from helvetebrann

    enlightenight said: I have recently stated how it was not normal to call Severus Snape a hero or romanticize him was wrong because he literally stole Lily's photograph (that she sent to Sirius) and kind of applied mobbing on Harry and many other kids and he is kind of creepy and people a little attacked me because just because they are creepy it doesn't mean we can't romanticize them etc etc. What do you think about it?

    mythandrists:

    I think you’re absolutely on the right side of this argument, and here’s what we say to Snape lovers:

    We all accept the following to be true, right?

    • Stalking is wrong.
    • Emotional abuse is wrong.
    • Cruelty to children and animals is wrong.
    • Blaming someone for their parents’ actions is wrong.
    • Racial discrimination is wrong.
    • Murder (the killing of civilians when you have no self-defence excuse) is wrong.

    We’re good so far, yeah? If you saw someone doing those things in real life, you’d stop them or call the cops, right? I just want to make sure we’re all on the same page here. Morally, those things are wrong (and illegal). So, moving out of hypothetical moral discourse and into the realm of things Snape actually did in the Harry Potter books and/or movies:

    • Snape called Lily a Mudblood, which in the HP verse is a pretty serious racial slur. It’s like using the ‘n’ word or the ‘f’ word (not the ‘fuck’ word) in our society. It’s nasty.
    • Snape treated Hermione terribly and heavily implied that it was because she was Muggle-born. Again, racial discrimination. A teacher in the real-life school I went to was fired for that.
    • Snape was in a position of power over Harry and treated him (and many other Gryffindors) exceedingly poorly. He was rude, condescending, unfair in his enforcement of the rules, manipulative, and probably other things besides. This counts as emotional abuse. If someone in a position of power over you treats you the way Snape treated Harry, even if he saves your life, you are being emotionally abused.
    • On that same note, Snape was a grown man who acted like a five-year-old throwing a tantrum at Harry and his friends.
    • Snape was Neville Longbottom’s worst fear. JKR treats it lightly in the books, but the fact remains that a thirteen-year-old boy was so afraid of Snape that he couldn’t speak to him, and that the thought of him stepping out of a wardrobe was almost too much for Neville to handle. No adult should ever terrify a child like this. It’s emotional abuse, and it’s abuse of power.
    • Snape mistreated Harry because of actions James had taken. Not only is it childish to hold onto this grudge, it’s just plain wrong to treat someone badly because you disliked their parents. This is the same prejudice the Dursleys held against Harry. If you believe that the Dursleys had no excuse for their behaviour, how can you believe that Snape does have one?
    • Snape killed many innocent people just because they were Muggle-born.

    I want to address this last point before I move on. Now, you can argue that the cost of a few lives for Snape to get close to Voldemort and help carry out Dumbledore’s grand plan for the war was worth it - and if that was the only crime that Snape had committed, I might be persuaded to see him as morally grey; you might be able to convince me that he was only being a vile person because he had to be. But if you look at the rest of this list, you’ll realise that really, Snape deeply enjoyed being a vile person.

    So now you see that Snape was terrible to Harry, Hermione, Neville, and even Lily just because he enjoyed doing it, and you see that he did much worse to complete strangers who had committed no crime.

    And that’s just the short list.

    Great, now let’s talk about why Snily is one of the worst ships that anyone could ever ship.

    • Snape was cruel to Petunia when they were children, even though Lily was trying very hard to maintain a relationship with her sister despite their differences.
    • Snape tried to manipulate Lily into loving him and only him, and putting aside all of her other relationships.
    • Snape did not respect Lily’s beliefs and opinions.
    • After Lily started dating James, Snape started referring to her as a Mudblood - indicating that his friendship and his “love” were not unconditional.
    • Snape willingly became a Death Eater, a member of a group who hunted people like Lily for fun, and at the time he saw absolutely nothing wrong with that.
    • After Lily’s death, Snape left her son in his crib. He left a crying, helpless infant all alone in a wrecked house in a thunderstorm while there were rogue Death Eaters on the loose. He essentially left Harry to die.
    • And then he cut the two people she loved most out of her photograph and pretended that they had never existed, that he was the only person who mattered in her life.
    • And then, as mentioned above, he abused Harry emotionally and became the bane of his existence for years.

    Snape did not love Lily. You don’t call someone you love a racial slur. You don’t insist that the person you love choose you over her other friends. If the person you love has a son she gave her life for, you don’t treat him badly just because you feel like it.

    Yes, even if that love is unrequited.

    What Snape felt for Lily was not love; it was possessiveness. He wanted her to be his. He wanted her to leave James for him. He wanted her to pick sides for him. He wanted to hold her close and smother her and never let her go. Snape didn’t love Lily; he loved himself. He was a narcissistic, bitter, emotionally abusive creep who couldn’t deal with the fact that his first crush ended up marrying someone else.

    "But wait!" you say, white-knuckling your desk and probably wishing you had a wand to hex me with for saying such things about your baby. "He had an abusive childhood! He was lonely! He was sad! He was greasy and no one loved him! Doesn’t that excuse everything?”

    Keep your shirt on. No, it doesn’t excuse anything.

    People are responsible for their own actions. Tom Riddle’s dad didn’t love him either, and does that excuse him committing genocide? No? So why should Snape’s acne problem excuse him participating in genocide and attempting to make his supposed “true love“‘s child into someone just as bitter and miserable as he was? Look, Snape wasn’t just a little creepy. He was a murderer. He was as abusive as Dolores Umbridge. He was as self-centered as Voldemort. Harry was abused as a child, and he didn’t turn out to be a complete monster, so why does Snape get a free pass?

    IN CONCLUSION

    Romanticisting Snape is not only incredibly stupid and short-sighted, it’s dangerous. Putting men like this into fiction and presenting them as “good guys” or morally grey or brave or deserving of sympathy encourages the boys who read these books to behave like Snape, and it encourages the straight girls/gay boys who read these books to accept the existence of these men in real life and to want to date them. Which you don’t ever, ever want to do.

    If you ever meet a Snape in real life, run the other way, and don’t give him your sympathy.

    tl;dr Having a sad backstory does not automatically make you sympathetic. Doing one good thing does not automatically make you a beacon of bravery and justice. Fuck you, Snivellus.

     
  6. 20:03 8th Sep 2014

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    Reblogged from melissadoom

    misandry-mermaid:

    qvbit:

    anomolisticbeauty:

    malgosh:

    moshita:

    Anecdotes by medical practitioners 

    "A woman came in for a baby check with her 6-month-old and she had what looked like chocolate milk in the baby’s bottle. So he started explaining to her as kindly as he could that she shouldn’t be giving her baby chocolate milk. At which point she interrupts him and says, ‘Oh that isn’t chocolate milk. It’s coffee! He just loves it!”

    "I had a patient come in for an STD check. She was very upset and continued to tell me that she only had one partner. Progressing through my assessment, she further divulged that even if he was sleeping with other people it shouldn’t matter ‘because he uses a condom every time and he makes sure to wash it thoroughly after every use’.”

    "Had a lady who measured her baby’s temperature by pre-heating the oven and putting one hand in front of it while the other hand was on the baby’s forehead. She told the nurse her baby’s fever was about 250 degrees.”

    "Lady has to have foot amputated and is given waiver forms to sign pre-op. Buddy asks if she needs time to think about it. She’s very nonchalant and doesn’t seem to care much what they do. He gets suspicious and probes a bit as to why she’s not more concerned. She says she gets that they have to operate and it’s OK because the foot will grow back.”

    "I had a couple who had been trying to conceive for over two years. I asked all the usual questions, how often do you have sex, any previous pregnancy, etc etc. Something seemed off to me during the consult, so I continued to ask questions. Finally I asked if he ejaculated while inserted into the vagina. Both parties looked confused.Turns out the couple was not having insertional sex at all. I had to awkwardly explain to them how insertional sex works. Diagrams were required.”

    "Patient comes in, she’s upset. She’s pregnant, and she doesn’t understand why. She’s on the pill. Upon talking to her at great length, I find out that she only takes the pills on the days that she is sexually active – no other time.”

    "Patient comes in with her bf. They are indignant, as if somehow I could’ve prevented [the pregnancy]. The problem? Well, the pills were bothering the girl’s stomach, so, being a gallant bf, he decided to start taking them instead.”

    I was explaining the treatment to the husband of a patient about to be discharged. He kept nodding and agreeing with me, but I knew it was flying over his head. Turned out a fundamental problem was that I was describing the drugs as ‘tablets’ and he had no clue what those were.

    Reddit thread 

    Hahah

    Oh my god… I can’t decide if I should laugh or cry…

    i’m cryign jesus fucking christ sex and childcare and general health education needs to be improved thousand fold 

    Reason #∞ why sex/health education are VITAL.

     
  7. 14:10 7th Sep 2014

    Notes: 283282

    Reblogged from hashtagpirateswag

    e-l-e-g-ance:

    feministbatwoman:

    huffingtonpost:

    Columbia University Student Will Drag Her Mattress Around Campus Until Her Rapist Is Gone

    "I think the act of carrying something that is normally found in our bedroom out into the light is supposed to mirror the way I’ve talked to the media and talked to different news channels, etc," Emma continues in the full video which you can watch here. 

    So, I just want to go into HOW MUCH Columbia and the NYPD has failed, and revictimized, Emma Sulkowitz.

    In her school hearing, Sulkowitz ” had to explain to the three administrators on the panel how anal rape worked. She told them she had been hit across the face, choked and pinned down, but, she said, one still seemed confused about how it was possible for someone to penetrate her there without lubricant. Sulkowicz said she had to draw them a diagram.”

    "Her best friend was meant to be at the hearing; Sulkowicz had chosen her as her one “supporter.” But her friend was kicked out of that role for talking about the case, according to Sulkowicz, in violation of the university’s confidentiality policy. As punishment, her friend was also put on probation and made to write two reflection papers: one from the perspective of Sulkowicz and another from the accused."

    FROM THE PERSPECTIVE
    OF HER FRIEND’S RAPIST

    - Two other women at Columbia have accused this guy of sexual assault/rape. But he’s been found not responsible in all instances, and is still on campus

    - When she went to the police, one officer said: “”You invited him into your room. That’s not the legal definition of rape.”

    - Another officer told her friends, who came with her: ““For every single rape I’ve had, I’ve had 20 that are total bull——,” he added. “It’s also my type of job to get to the truth. If that means being harsh about it, that’s what I do.”

    And that’s.
    Why.
    People.
    Don’t.
    REPORT.

    I want to set literally everything on fire.

    This makes me SO angry!!!!!!!!! 

     
  8. 14:07

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    Anonymous said: Have you read the wikipedia article about that african Renaissance Monument? as usual, tumblr misinforms and leaves out important information. Also, that person has either never seen the Eiffel tower or is bullshitting people intentionally for sensationalism. The Eiffel tower is ~301m high, its base area covering ~10,000m² - making it more than 6 times as high and covering ten times the surface area, completely dwarfing the senegalese monument.

    I did read it, and aside from the size, I don’t think there was much misinformation from tumblr on that one. There was no discussion of the statue’s history at all, so how could there have been misinformation if very little information was there? (Though I agree, the size thing was silly.)

    I don’t appreciate the tone of this message, and I don’t understand why it’s directed at me. You seem to think that I’ve done something wrong by reblogging that photo without adding six paragraphs of context. In the future, instead of shitting on tumblr for not always being accurate (are you fucking serious?), why don’t you add the relevant information yourself? That way, you can help solve your pretend problem without bothering anyone besides your own followers with it.

    The internet in general is filled with inaccuracies and misinformation. It is also filled with lots of information that is impossible to obtain elsewhere. If you’re going to use the internet, you need to get over your need for everyone else to be accurate and deal with the internet being wrong like an adult: by correcting it, not by complaining to people about it.

    For anyone who’s interested, here is the Wikipedia article. There is some interesting controversy surrounding the stuatue, in particular that the Senegalese President spent massive amounts of money on it and is insisting that he personally holds the intellectual property rights to the statue. I still think it’s worth knowing about.

     
  9. 21:24 4th Sep 2014

    Notes: 130452

    Reblogged from whatapleb

    pararoses:

    Does anyone else feel really guilty when they start talking about their own feelings and then immediately regret saying anything because you just feel so annoying and pathetic and ugh

    I almost didn’t reblog this because I felt like I’d be too whiny and annoying if I did. So… yes. My answer is yes.

     
  10. 18:14

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    Reblogged from hashtagpirateswag

    smearedblack:

shedskinbelight:

geoffsayshi:

krystvega:

The African Renaissance Monument in Senegal, larger that the Eiffel tower and the statue of liberty .. Things you don’t see in mainstream media.  @KrystVegaNeteru

This is beautiful.

bucket list.

I didn’t even know that was a thing, whaaat. 

Why haven’t I heard about this?!?
(I mean, I know why, but still.)

    smearedblack:

    shedskinbelight:

    geoffsayshi:

    krystvega:

    The African Renaissance Monument in Senegal, larger that the Eiffel tower and the statue of liberty .. Things you don’t see in mainstream media.
    @KrystVegaNeteru

    This is beautiful.

    bucket list.

    I didn’t even know that was a thing, whaaat. 

    Why haven’t I heard about this?!?

    (I mean, I know why, but still.)