The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.
Someday, everything will make perfect sense, so far now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.
You may not always end up where you thought you were going, but you will always end up where you are meant to be.
“She daydreams just as I do. She loves watching the raindrops fall slowly from the sky just as I do. At times, she gets lost while reading books just as I do.” — Avijeet Das
Just ordered this for work. We have a sad lack of dunkleosteus books.
Seen a rumour on twitter that BBC bitesize might go due to BBC funding cuts. Bitesize is an amazing, free, educational resource that students love and was also incredibly useful during lockdown and when students had to self isolate.
The amount of work that must have gone into bitesize over the years is insane.
But, apparently, for profit revision websites may have lobbied the government, as they can't compete with such a comprehensive free resource whilst charging.
Which may be one of the reasons bitesize has to go.
And this whilst Nadhim Zahawi talks bullshit about every student getting access to free tutoring (newsflash, they won't).
Just another thing the Tories are doing in education to keep poor kids down.
An entire generation of humans is currently being raised — or rather programmed we should say — by increasingly addictive dumbphones (happy to lower attention-spans even further), social media influencers (mostly camera-savvy halfwits with fuck all to say), video games (what about nature and social skills, you "parents"?), and the good old television (that teaches you nothing you should know and everything you shouldn't). How exactly are those things not going to end up ruining our civilization...completely....irreparably?
We need to rapidly come up with better alternatives for the young.
You know what the hardest thing to reconcile with when it comes to lockdown/active shooter drills in schools?
If a student, even if they were just in your class 2 minutes ago, comes knocking on your door during a drill looking panicked, you can’t let them in even if they show their hands and are screaming for help. They are completely alone. Just imagine that please and continue thinking that we don’t need to do something to stop these tragedies from happening.
Life of Ukrainians Now
Chairman of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Аnton Drobovych speaks at the Davos Forum straight from the trenches.
Reverse Mermay #10: The Leopard Shark is easily recognized by its pattern of large dark spots and saddle markings on its back. It forages in intertidal areas for clams, crustaceans, worms, and small fish.
Sometimes following your heart means loosing your mind.
If you live in the United States and your child needs internet for school (or you are a student K-12), please check out this program! Almost anyone who is low-income qualifies and you get free home wifi for five years!
“Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.” — P. T. Barnum
If your solution to school shootings is teachers carrying gun, you are actively admitting and stating that the police are useless. That there is no need for the police. Why have the police at all if we are putting their job onto already exhausted, under paid and disrespected educators?
And with teachers currently being unarmed and the police STILL not doing anything to stop the loss of life, they have shown there is no need for them to exist at all. Their a drain on societies tax payer money.
Abolish the Police.
Always always confuses me when anti-exclusion advocates on twitter suggest that the response to assaults and sexual assaults in school should always be to involve the police.
Like... That's worse. You get how that's worse, right?
The transformational power of incremental improvement is the number one lesson to learn in life, but neither our parents nor teachers have taught us (to any sufficient degree at least) how practical consistency joined to internal patience can alter our lives in the most unbelievable ways.
In 1934-1936, trans brothers Mark and David Ferrow of Yarmouth, UK, both transitioned at age 13 with full parental support. Mark medically transitioned first in 1939 at 17 and his brother soon followed. "Though we have been girls, we have both felt men at heart," Mark told a reporter. Their stories show that trans youth can grow up to be happy, celebrated adults.
David lived in their hometown of Great Yarmouth, UK for the rest of his life. He became a local icon. At 15, he started selling books. He later ran a wildly successful bookshop until death in 2006, age 81, 68 years after transitioning. He had a daughter, Jan, who supported his work. The whole town adored him. Why, yes, that is a mug of his face.
Mark, always passionate about art, joined the Kirby Muxlue Players troupe as a writer and traveled throughout the UK. His David Gower painting is currently in the UK's National Portrait Gallery! His art still hangs in collections all over the country - although it's almost never recognized as being by a trans artist. Mark married Edna Hall in 1942 and died in 1991, age 68, in Leicester.
It’s important to mention that it's unclear if both men are intersex despite the reports. At the time, it was customary for non-intersex trans people to claim intersex conditions in order to access care (e.g. Roberta Cowell). Regardless if they were trans or intersex and trans, I would hate their underreported stories to be forgotten!
In middle school biology, we did an experiment. We were given yams, which we would sprout in cups of water. We then had to make hypotheses about how the yams would grow, based on descriptions of yam plants in our books, and make notes of our observations as they grew.
Here’s what was supposed to happen: we were supposed to see that the actual growth of the plant did not resemble our hypotheses. We were then supposed to figure out that these were, in fact, sweet potatoes.
What actually happened was that every single student in every single class lied in their notes so that their observations perfectly matched their hypotheses. See, everyone assumed the mismatch meant they had done something wrong in the process of growing the plant or that they had misunderstood the dichotomous key or the plant identification terminology. And, thanks to the wonders of a public school education, everyone assumed the wrong results would get us a failing grade. We were trying to pass. We didn’t want to get bitched out by the teacher. Curiosity, learning, science - that had nothing to do with why we were sitting in that classroom. So we all lied.
The teacher was furious. She tried to fail every student, but the administration stepped in and told her she wasn’t allowed to because a 100% fail rate is recognized as a failure of the teacher, not the class. It wasn’t even her fault, really, though her being a notorious hard-ass didn’t help. It was a failure of the entire educational system.
So whenever I see crap like Elizabeth Holmes’s blood test scam or pharmaceutical trials which are unable to be replicated or industry-funded research that reaches wildly unscientific conclusions, I just remember those fucking sweet potatoes. I remember that curiosity dies when people are just trying to give their superiors the “right” answers, so they can get the grade, get the job, get the paycheck. It’s not about truth when it’s about paying rent. There’s no scientific integrity if you can’t control for human desperation.
A Twitter Thread from David Bowles:
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I'll let you in on a secret. I have a doctorate in education, but the field’s basically just a 100 years old. We don’t really know what we’re doing. Our scholarly understanding of how learning happens is like astronomy 2000 years ago.
Most classroom practice is astrology.
Before the late 19th century, no human society had ever attempted to formally educate the entire populace. It was either aristocracy, meritocracy, or a blend. And always male.
We’re still smack-dab in the middle of the largest experiment on children ever done.
Most teachers perpetuate the “banking” model (Freire) used on them by their teachers, who likewise inherited it from theirs, etc.
Thus the elite “Lyceum” style of instruction continues even though it’s ineffectual with most kids.
What’s worse, the key strategies we’ve discovered, driven by cognitive science & child psychology, are quite regularly dismissed by pencil-pushing, test-driven administrators. Much like Trump ignores science, the majority of principals & superintendents I’ve known flout research.
Banking model --> kids are like piggy banks: empty till you fill them with knowledge that you're the expert in.
Lyceum --> originally Aristotle's school, where the sons of land-owning citizens learned through lectures and research.
Things we (scholars) DO know:
-Homework doesn't really help, especially younger kids.
-Students don't learn a thing from testing. Most teachers don't either (it's supposed to help them tweak instruction, but that rarely happens).
-Spending too much time on weak subjects HURTS.
Do you want kids to learn? Here's something we've discovered: kids learn things that matter to them, either because the knowledge and skills are "cool," or because .... they give the kids tools to liberate themselves and their communities.
Maintaining the status quo? Nope.
Kids are acutely aware of injustice and by nature rebellious against the systems of authority that keep autonomy away from them.
If you're perpetuating those systems, teachers, you've already freaking lost.
They won't be learning much from you. Except what not to become. Sure, you can wear them down. That's what happened to most of you, isn't it? You saw the hideous flaw in the world and wanted to heal it. But year after numbing year, they made you learn their dogma by rote.
And now many of you are breaking the souls of children, too.
It's all smoke and mirrors. All the carefully crafted objectives, units and exams.
WE. DON'T. KNOW. HOW. PEOPLE. LEARN.
We barely understand the physical mechanisms behind MEMORY. But we DO know kids aren't empty piggy banks. They are BRIMMING with thought.
The last and most disgusting reality? The thing I hear in classroom after freaking classroom?
Education is all about capitalism.
"You need to learn these skills to get a good job." To be a good laborer. To help the wealthy generate more wealth, while you get scraps.
THAT is why modern education is a failure.
Its basic premise is monstrous.
"Why should I learn to read, Dr. Bowles?"
Because reading is magical. It makes life worth living. And being able to read, you can decode the strategies of your oppressors & stop them w/ their own words.