“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.”—
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?
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?
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.
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.
I’ve put off writing about this for an hour or more, because I’m still a little furious. I wanted to settle down a little so I don’t mince any details and spell out just how, exactly, the people who work at my university’s financial office straight up lied to me to get me to a) give them money and b) stop bothering them.
Here’s the long and short of the beginning of my story: started paying off last year’s tuition too slowly because they set me up on the wrong student financial plan (without my knowledge). Eventually, my student account went straight back up to the fees I had at the beginning of the year without sending me any messages through my university e-mail or in print through snail mail.
In comes the new school year, and I can’t apply for my classes until I find the money to pay them again. I go into the financial office to talk about getting registration open in advance while I try to make the payments. And this is what the woman working there says to me: the more I pay off, they will open up my student account for registration. She says that if I want registration open, I have to pay at least half or more of my outstanding fees.
And guess what? Just a few days ago, I paid off exactly 55% of my student account, leaving me just enough to pay rent for two more months (this and next) and to buy a few noodle cups and beans to eat during that time. And only then because of help from donations and saving up paychecks.
Now here’s where it gets shitty: I go in today to the financial office. I say, “I’m just coming in to see if my payment went through and to get my student account open for registration”. Now, what she should say is, “Ah yes, there you go! Go register for those courses you’re already missing out on because of our bullshit bureaucratic money sink!”
But what she says is: We can’t open your student account until the rest is paid in full. I told her that can’t be possible, because it’s not what I discussed earlier, and I had my student account opened last year when I had outstanding fees as well.
She gives me the look of “tough titties, doll face, now go rot in hell” and tells me just to borrow money from family (there are rich kids at my school who don’t need scholarships, bursaries, or grants and just get mum and dad to hold their hand on the way to the financial office and pay their whole tuition, so they assume everyone’s got the same privilege) and sends me on my way. I manage not to swear at her.
Registration closes on the 12th, and I have now learned that unless I give them $3,000 more (give or take a few hundreds, because if I talk to someone understanding in the office they could open it) I can’t attend classes, even though I was explicitly told I could. They lied to me so I would start paying off my student account, which means that now they can put more interest on it if I don’t pay off the rest in a month.
Let me repeat: my university administration lied to a low-income independent student on financial assistance so they could get an extra year’s worth of tuition out of me. Money I should not owe them, because the fees increased only due to being put on the wrong financial plan by the exact same institution. If that sounds a lot like just straight up white-collar crime, that’s because it basically is.
If you can do anything at all to help me, please donate. (And reblog, because even if I don’t make it through this I want more people to know how universities can still fuck you over by flat out lying to you even outside of the US - my advice to new students is bring a fucking tape recorder to anyone in your administration who can swindle you into paying fees you shouldn’t be)
WHAT. THE FUCK. IS THIS BULLSHIT.
I don’t have any money to help yet, so if anyone else can donate, please do!
Universities don’t support low-income students these days… but you can.
As suggested, I created an Indiegogo campaign for my fundraiser trying to make it to fourth year and graduation despite being poor/low-income. I was hesitant to create one because in my gut I’ve always felt guilty asking for help when I need it most. But I’m done putting my ego in front of what needs to be done - I need help getting through an extra year of university while battling depression and living in a room smaller than a walk-in closet.
Really not feeling the new Herbal Essences commercial “The Vegan.” Seriously fuck you Herbal Essences
It was worse than I thought. I mean, it was kind of about “don’t call yourself vegan if you’re not vegan because wow it makes you look like a ditzy asshole” but also “lol I’m vegan but porkhamsausage ooh yum veganism would be better if it was about meat!”
The BBC series Doctor Who ended in 2010. It was replaced by a show called Doctor Who Cares Now That Steven Moffat’s in Charge. The title of the latter show is often shortened for the sake of brevity. This has caused much confusion amongst viewers with many believing that the two series are one and the same.
does anyone else even care about doctor who anymore? did that post circulating about how Capaldi was vetoing Moffat’s decisions convince other people to watch it?
Because I definitely saw no particular improvement in Deep Breath, except perhaps in the latter part of the episode.
I saw a lot of improvement in some aspects, particularly in the way the Doctor interacted with the other characters, but other aspects were still very… Moffat-like. Most of Vastra’s dialogue was fairly awful in particular.
I do see potential for improvement, though. In particular, the writing for the Doctor seems to imply “look, we know we’ve fucked this up a bit, so this is our attempt to make things better.” Obviously saying this is much different from actually doing it, but I can at least cling to a small bit of hope.
Anyway, it was only the first episode. I’m gonna give it a few more before I make any judgements on the new Doctor. At the very least, it wasn’t bad, just not impressive.
What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid, two days away from starting college, in broad daylight.
Could you clarify your tuition situation for me a bit. Are you in debt to your school or to the financial aid service you got? I've known tons of people who took loans out to their eye balls in college and never seemed to have a problem since repayments didn't start until post grad. I'm just curious as im not sure how it works for you. I hope everything ends up working out for you though ∊◠ᴥ◠∍
I’m in debt to my school, meaning I can’t apply for this year’s classes until I’ve cleared a significant portion of the debt. The student assistance program I’ve used for all of university pays for some of my fees since I’m a low-income student, but part of it is like a managed loan that I don’t have to pay off until after university. I haven’t taken out any student loans from my bank, since I’ve never been allowed to apply for one. I haven’t been listed as an independent before this year, despite having lived away from home paying rent for the last couple of years. My financial situation was always calculated as my family’s financial situation, and my mother doesn’t have an income that let me qualify for a loan. When she did come into some money by selling the house she received in my grandfather’s will, she refused to sign off on a loan for me and made both me and my sister live in an apartment infested by cockroaches and mold. (It mentally traumatized me so much that whenever I have anxiety late at night, it feels like cockroaches are crawling on me…)
I might be able to take out student loans this year, but I’m not making a large income either - until I get a second job, which I haven’t gotten yet because I don’t have a large enough income to pay for a phone line and bus tickets all the time…
I’ve been to the financial office, and was told that once I’ve paid down some student debt with my university, I can apply for the student assistance program this year, which could help me further pay off that debt. It might also help me pay for living expenses during the school year, which I desperately need help with. Only then can I finally apply for classes.
Classes begin September 4th, and my last day for registration is September 12th. I have 20 days to raise enough money or else I can’t attend university this year. Even if I don’t have the money within the next 20 days, I still have to find some way to pay it off - the only difference is I’d be paying to probably not get my degree.
“I am grade 12 student who has just recently graduated. You might call me accomplished, and in a way, I am, but not in the way you’d think. 12 years of pouring over text books and being lined up to be judged in front of my peers has not made me any more intelligent. I can tell you the first 45 digits of Pi and I can explain to you the difference between an acid and a base, I can recite the Pythagorean Theorem in my sleep, I will recite lines out of a textbook like they are a religion. But I cannot tell you the value of security, or of kindness. The distinct contrast between personal health and personal gain. I can tell you in grade 10 four of my classmates attempted to take their own lives before finals. I can tell you our counsellors office is always booked. I can tell you how when I didn’t understand something in AP Chemistry my teacher asked me to leave if I could not participate in his class. I merely asked him to explain a question. Instead of doing his job and teaching, he told me to leave. Told me I was not good enough to be there. Mistakes are viewed as failure in these hallways. A wrong answer is a sin you must atone to, not a human error, but a flaw so grand it defines your entire life course. There is no “average” here. We all must exceed expectations. Do your parents know that a grade that is considered average is a “C”? When I got a C in fourth grade my parents grounded me for a month. They said I was lazy and stupid and incompetent and that I’d better smarten up and stop fooling around. I never fooled around. I am driven by a deep need to impress others. I never fool around. I worked and worked and worked, with a deep hollow of anxiety in my chest. I have never been good at History, but I worked and worked and I attained at best a low B. It was not good enough. It is not said but we are expected to put our education before our personal health. It is not asked of us, but it is what we must do to achieve what we are asked to achieve. Our teachers will tell you, “Oh, I only give them one hour of homework each night.” Which is essentially true, each of my five teachers only gives me one to two hours of homework each night. Hmm, that adds up to 5-10 hours of homework, and overdue classwork, and projects. Say goodbye to sleep, say goodbye to feeling calm. I’ve developed a deep rooted anxiety disorder due to school and perfectionistic tendencies. Even when you get 100 percent on an assignment they still criticise you, it is never good enough. One slip, and you are in deep deep trouble. I can tell you that 90 percent of us try our hardest, and our teachers and parents stand in the sidelines, screaming, “You can do better than that!””—Why I say our education system is flawed (via totoros)
At a deposition, Ferguson’s former police chief revealed that his staff did not keep records of incidents in which officers used force against citizens, so long as no one died; in other words, there was no way of telling how often incidents like Davis’ happened.
remember shit like this when they talk about how mike brown’s shooter had no disciplinary record
The following proclamation has just been issued: HEAD-QUARTERS, WESTERN DEPARTMENT, ST. LOUIS, Aug. 14, 1861. I hereby declare and establish martial law in the City and County of St. Louis. Major J. McKINSTRY, United States Army, is appointed Provost-Marshal. All orders and regulations issued by him will be respected and obeyed accordingly.
“the first amendment is constantly championed by bigots to justify their hate speech but it can’t even stop journalists from getting arrested”—if this was really about upholding the law, then they wouldn’t keep breaking it (via callmeoutis)
I say fuck all cops because, rather than be critical and take a stand against their fellow officers, good cops are nowhere to be fucking seen when wild shit goes down. No police officer, especially police chief, gets on the news or social media or some type of fucking platform and says shit about bad cops. So fuck them. Fuck them for standing in camaraderie with corrupt individuals.