Librarian Allie Jane Bruce took a group of sixth graders to Barnes & Noble to examine whitewashing on book covers, and this is what they had to say:
- “It was sickening to look at all the stereotypes, the assumptions.”
- “I think I was on the girls’ side of the bookshelf, but even so, that just shows that Barnes & Noble separates their books by gender.”
- “I know that kids’ minds aren’t developed enough to understand these issues, but as they grow up, I hope they realize how serious this issue really is. People have the right to like any color they want and be anything they want to be.”
- “Society is almost afraid of putting a dark-skinned or Asian character on the cover of a book. I feel like these are minor forms of segregation.”
- “I didn’t see a book with a biracial main character … it is not fair in any way.”
- “In the chapter book section, I saw that most of the books that had non-Caucasian characters didn’t have that character on the cover.
- “On the covers, I saw thin, pretty girls. I didn’t see any overweight girls or anyone with acne. I think that these covers shape an idea of perfect in a girl’s mind, and make them want to be like that, even though everyone was born perfect.”I wish this unit were taught to every sixth grade class in the country. Full article here.
The posts that pop up during finals week are the best kinds of posts
Pro-Choice Versus Pro-Life: The Relationship Between State Abortion Policy and Child Well-Being in the United States.
In the United States, pro-choice supporters contend that the desire of pro-life supporters to protect the life of the fetus ends at birth and that thereafter they ignore the health and well-being of infants and children. This study examines the question of whether infants and children fare better in U.S. states that have the most restrictive abortion laws. Eighteen indicators of infant/child health, family, economic, and educational status are analyzed. The empirical evidence finds that states with the most antiabortion policies are also the same states that have significantly lower indicators of infant/child well-being. This supports the contention by pro-choice supporters that efforts by pro-life supporters to protect the life of the fetus end at birth.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can change the world.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
-Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)"
- (via ahhbeewrites)
According to data from the National Abortion Federation, nearly 70 percent of medical students in the United States have received less than 30 minutes of class training about abortion by the time they finish medical school. This disregard for reproductive health education is an experience Dr. Nancy Stanwood, associate professor and section chief of Family Planning at the Yale School of Medicine and board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, remembers well. “We spent literally an hour and a half learning about birth control in two years of lectures,” she says. “We spent more time on cochlear implants — an important, but far less common, procedure.”
The problem with this kind of uneven training is that a lack of early exposure to reproductive health issues not only hurts a student’s ability to become, as Stanwood notes, “informed physician citizens,” it also shapes their career choices. It’s far less likely for students to choose a specialization in reproductive health care if it’s not something they’re hearing about during their training.
Social stigma around abortion may drive the marginalization of this training in medical school curricula, but the scarcity of students being trained to perform the procedure is also directly connected to the proliferation of GOP-backed state-level restrictions — on funding, on clinics and on physicians themselves."
This 13-year-old boy got suspended for wearing a Vera Bradley purse.
this entire situation is the epitome of bullshit jfc
also, did anyone else notice that in the handbook, it called do-rags “dew rags”? like, come the fuck on, I’m white and even I know that ain’t spelled right.
what i fucking hate about some people on this site is that you guys will complain about your teacher assigning you an essay but then yall will write a fucking novel on why loki blinked while looking at thor
I’d really like to talk about this, actually. Because the latter proves that ability and interest for deep analysis of media exists. So what’s with the former?
Shitty curricula, usually.
People complain about teachers assigning them essays on BORING SHIT that usually has NO CONNECTION TO THEIR REALITY OR LIVED EXPERIENCE which is often, to add insult to injury, taught in narrow, hobbled, ‘by the book there is one right answer’ ways.
The existence of Harry Potter Headcanons and 5000 words on the significance of Loki’s hand gestures and metafictional cross-cannon discussions in the Superwholock fandom means that thoe darned kids these days can and will be passionate about layered meaning in media.
If presented with media that they can be passionate about.
Fuck, I’ve learned more about media that i HATED in school from passionate people on tumblr than I ever did from high school classes, because they presented it with more context and interest and humor than any of my high school teachers ever did.
Then being graded adds pressure, which makes you feel like you need to put off writing it until you’re actually up to it, which ends up making you put it off until 4am the night before it’s due because that’s the point when you give up on quality and just need it to be done, and in addition to not being able to get sleep by then, you’ve also wasted a huge amount of time just stressing about the essay. Seriously, I have two essays due by the end of this quarter, and I haven’t even started on either of them but the stress of knowing I need to do them has been eating me alive.
Writing something that was assigned is very different from writing something you want to write that won’t be graded. The words come a lot easier when there’s an intention behind them rather than just writing because you have to. I’ve been known to write huge, essay-like posts for my other blog, but I just can’t handle essays for class. Why? Because my blog posts have a motive and an intention and they mean something while I really don’t care about my essays for class beyond my need to get good grades in the class.
bolded for emphasis, because this is the crux of the problem re: schools and grading systems.
School is broken when it’s not about learning.
Current public education in the US is not about learning. It’s about getting grades.
That’s also why cheating occurs.
When the desired outcome is ‘learn new facts, skills, theories, etc there really isn’t any motivation to cheat.
I am thirty years old, and I can say with confidence that I didn’t learn SHIT in school between about 4th grade (long division and freshman year of college (tons of stuff). but I kept going to school, writing formulaic papers and essays, taking tests, getting good grades. It wasn’t educational. It was level grinding.
If we want education to function, we need to reexamine basic ideas about what it means to have learned something.
Christopher Gray, 21, a Drexel University junior and CEO/Founder of Scholly, has found a way to make finding those scholarships easier.
Gray himself has been very successful in finding scholarship funds. He is known as the “Million-Dollar Scholar” after being awarded $1.3 million in scholarships.
Over the past three years, Gray has also helped other families manually scour through databases, and figured, “Hey, I need something that can help. There has to be a faster way.”
Gray developed the answer in the form of Scholly, an app that uses eight specific parameters, like state, GPA, or race, to instantly filter through a deep directory of scholarships available for the prospective student.
“It’s extremely simple,” says Gray and that ultimately was the goal.
“The fact that it’s on the mobile (phone) really hits the audience,” says Soham Bhonsle, 21, a Scholly user and Drexel University senior. “It serves the need of its time. We want it on the go.”
Nicholas Pirollo, chief technological officer for Scholly, also offers that apps optimize searches compared to standard websites because they are more tailored to specific needs.
A recent study, conducted by Sallie Mae, shows that 39% of families used scholarship funds to pay for college during the 2012-2013 academic year and Scholly connects users with relevant scholarships in about five minutes. Scholly’s database is updated monthly to remove scholarships that are no longer available, add scholarships, and refresh deadlines.
There is money out there to go to school. Scholly has more than 10,000 downloads of the $0.99 app found in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Scholly’s costs are intentionally positioned at an affordable price to serve more people that need it and boast a potential big payoff.
“Pay 99 cents and you may get $5,000 or $6,000 in scholarships.”
Scholly helps put the power of funding your education in your hands.
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How it felt when I graduated
"You can’t pay $60,000 a year? Sorry, you can’t go to college."
"You dropped out of school to earn money and now you’re at a dead-end job? Why didn’t you just go to college?"