snowyanna:

215-to-fit:

rustboro-city:

svviggle:

kastortheunlockable:

stunningpicture:

My 7 year old son was shot down by his 1st grade teacher

The american public education system in a nutshell tho

My third grade teacher actually had a conversation with my mom that I was reading to well and told her to stop having me read at home

My first grade teacher said that it was problematic that I was reading ahead of the rest of the kids in my grade and asked my parents to stop letting me read Harry Potter.
My fourth grade teacher thought it was wrong for my dad to be teaching me complex math because it fascinated me.
My elementary school music teacher hated the way my piano teacher taught me, and how I was more advanced than many of her students, and so told me, in front of my peers and my mother, that I was not good enough to participate in the state solo festival. She would not give me the form. We had to procure it from the district instead. She also hated how I excelled at reading and playing music for the recorder, and so she refused to give me my “belts” (colored beads to signify our level) and humiliated me in front of the class repeatedly.
My eighth grade algebra teacher used to fail me on take home tests because I didn’t solve problems exactly the way she showed us in class; I used methods that we had learned for other types of problems that also applied to these. She took points off my tests because I didn’t bring a calculator even though I got 100% without it, because I was able to do it by hand. I had to call my father, who is an engineer, down to the school to shout her down and give me back my A in the class.
My 10th grade Spanish teacher yelled at me in front of the class numerous times because she didn’t like the way I took notes; she thought that since I didn’t write every word off the slide, I wasn’t getting it all down. I had to explain to her that people who have taken advanced courses, like AP or IB classes, know that in a fast-paced learning environment you need to take quick shorthand notes that contain the necessary information rather than wasting time writing every word. She almost gave me detention.
My 11th grade English teacher gave me a poor mark on my first short essay because she believed that I was looking up unnecessarily complex words in a thesaurus to try and get better marks. The phrases in question: “laced with expletives” and “bombarded”. She wouldn’t hear any defense from me.
My 11th grade history teacher failed me on an essay about the 1950s because I misread the prompt. Except the prompt wasn’t words; it was a political cartoon. One of the figures was clearly president Eisenhower, but the other I couldn’t place. My teacher would not tell us who it was. I labelled him as the governor of Little Rock Arkansas during the integration period, and wrote an essay about that subject. My teacher said that no, it was Joseph McCarthy, and that there was a small picture of the man in our textbook and therefore I should have recognized him instantly. Half the class, apparently, did not.
The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win.

"The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win." 

Fun story time. I loved to read. So much so, I was reading chapter books in kindergarden. I broke the record for reading points in elementary school. They actually had to start making up prizes for me. No one in the history of the school had ever read so many books in a year. Basically, my class liked me because I won those suckers pizza parties in my spare time.
In second grade, I had a teacher named Ms. Mobley who believed all children should be average. She flat out told my father that all children should make C’s, and should never strive for more than that.
Not only was she insane, she also would routinely spell things wrong for us to copy for our spelling tests. Later, when we spelled those words wrong on the test, she would mark us off. Yes, our own teacher was sabotaging us.
I should have been tested for gifted classes, but I was not. Why? Ms. Mobley didn’t believe in “gifted” children.
This teacher had tenure and could not be fired.
Never forget.
"The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win." 

snowyanna:

215-to-fit:

rustboro-city:

svviggle:

kastortheunlockable:

stunningpicture:

My 7 year old son was shot down by his 1st grade teacher

The american public education system in a nutshell tho

My third grade teacher actually had a conversation with my mom that I was reading to well and told her to stop having me read at home

My first grade teacher said that it was problematic that I was reading ahead of the rest of the kids in my grade and asked my parents to stop letting me read Harry Potter.

My fourth grade teacher thought it was wrong for my dad to be teaching me complex math because it fascinated me.

My elementary school music teacher hated the way my piano teacher taught me, and how I was more advanced than many of her students, and so told me, in front of my peers and my mother, that I was not good enough to participate in the state solo festival. She would not give me the form. We had to procure it from the district instead. She also hated how I excelled at reading and playing music for the recorder, and so she refused to give me my “belts” (colored beads to signify our level) and humiliated me in front of the class repeatedly.

My eighth grade algebra teacher used to fail me on take home tests because I didn’t solve problems exactly the way she showed us in class; I used methods that we had learned for other types of problems that also applied to these. She took points off my tests because I didn’t bring a calculator even though I got 100% without it, because I was able to do it by hand. I had to call my father, who is an engineer, down to the school to shout her down and give me back my A in the class.

My 10th grade Spanish teacher yelled at me in front of the class numerous times because she didn’t like the way I took notes; she thought that since I didn’t write every word off the slide, I wasn’t getting it all down. I had to explain to her that people who have taken advanced courses, like AP or IB classes, know that in a fast-paced learning environment you need to take quick shorthand notes that contain the necessary information rather than wasting time writing every word. She almost gave me detention.

My 11th grade English teacher gave me a poor mark on my first short essay because she believed that I was looking up unnecessarily complex words in a thesaurus to try and get better marks. The phrases in question: “laced with expletives” and “bombarded”. She wouldn’t hear any defense from me.

My 11th grade history teacher failed me on an essay about the 1950s because I misread the prompt. Except the prompt wasn’t words; it was a political cartoon. One of the figures was clearly president Eisenhower, but the other I couldn’t place. My teacher would not tell us who it was. I labelled him as the governor of Little Rock Arkansas during the integration period, and wrote an essay about that subject. My teacher said that no, it was Joseph McCarthy, and that there was a small picture of the man in our textbook and therefore I should have recognized him instantly. Half the class, apparently, did not.

The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win.

"The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win." 

Fun story time. I loved to read. So much so, I was reading chapter books in kindergarden. I broke the record for reading points in elementary school. They actually had to start making up prizes for me. No one in the history of the school had ever read so many books in a year. Basically, my class liked me because I won those suckers pizza parties in my spare time.

In second grade, I had a teacher named Ms. Mobley who believed all children should be average. She flat out told my father that all children should make C’s, and should never strive for more than that.

Not only was she insane, she also would routinely spell things wrong for us to copy for our spelling tests. Later, when we spelled those words wrong on the test, she would mark us off. Yes, our own teacher was sabotaging us.

I should have been tested for gifted classes, but I was not. Why? Ms. Mobley didn’t believe in “gifted” children.

This teacher had tenure and could not be fired.

Never forget.

"The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win." 

cultureincart:

The cute little monk in Xichan Temple, Fuzhou, southeast China’s Fujian Province.

i thankfully have no idea who they are

they make gross videos generalizing the asian experience. and they also have issues with asian girls dating white guys.

thankfully, my friend, you don’t need to know who they are, they don’t need any more views lol.

theroguefeminist:

livinglifelilo:

I don’t think people realize how much of a problem Zayn’s tweet is. His acceptance and support of the Palestinian/Arab terrorists makes it seem like murdering Israeli citizens an okay thing for them to be doing. To be quite honest, I don’t think he knows everything that’s currently going on in the Middle East. Because how could anyone support the murder of people who only want to make peace? Israel doesn’t want a war. Not with the people in Gaza, not with Palestinians, not with anyone. The IDF is defending the country, and the country is being bombed because it exists. That’s really it. When it comes down to it, Israel is being attacked daily because of two things: because it exists, and because it exists as a Jewish state.

So, no, “Free Palestine” isn’t okay under any circumstances. If that were to happen, Israel would be wiped off the map. 

Get your facts straight before you post, please. Do a little research. It won’t kill you. 

Actually, I have done a lot of research, and you’re wrong about a lot of this. I’ll provide many links and resources and try to explain why people all over the world, including Zayn and myself, support Palestine and condemn Israel. I hope you take the time to read everything because a good number of people are very misinformed about this—I myself was for awhile—given that the media is very biased in Israel’s favor.

First of all, why are the very, very few Israeli citizens killed in this latest conflict more important than the hundreds of Palestinians killed, and the hundreds of thousands displaced (in total 3 Israeli civilians have died and 40 soldiers—meanwhile the count of Palestinian deaths is over 1,000)? Most of the missiles Hamas has shot are intercepted by the dome and they have very little man power compared to Israel, which has one of the most powerful armies in the world. Palestine is fighting against a huge world power for their freedom with barely anything.

It’s important to acknowledge that nothing we’re seeing is new: Israel has been doing this to Gaza and the Palestinians as a whole for decades. This current bloody operation of Israel is Operation Protective Edge, but as recently as 2008, Israel engaged in a similar operation called Cast Lead which resulted in over 1300 Palestinian deaths (many of them, like this time, innocent people) and now they’ve killed over 1,000 people again. And the UN then, just they have now, suggested Israel is engaging in war crimes against Palestinians (see the last link). Israelis have killed Palestinian civilians long before Hamas existed. They started firing bombs at Gaza this time around before they discovered the tunnels. All their “reasons” for this attack are excuses.

Israel is NOT being bombed “because it exists.” Palestinians were living on the land first. Also, Israel has Gaza under siege. Gaza is a tiny strip of land that is one of the most densely populated places on earth and they have literally trapped all the people there, all 1.8 million of them. They also won’t even let enough clean water or food in for Gazans to live properly. These people are living in dire poverty in the largest open air prison in the world: that is why they are fighting Israel.

These are Gaza’s demands for a cease fire, for peace. Do any of these seem unreasonable to you? All Israel has to do is stop oppressing Palestinians and the violence will stop. Instead, they are continuing the ethnic cleansing and oppression they started.

It’s also important to look beyond the lies and talking points on the pro-Israel side. Although Israel has accused Hamas of using Palestinians as human shields, there’s no conclusive evidence of it, but the UN accused Israel of using Palestinians as human shields in the past. There’s also evidence Israel has also used chemical weapons, white phosphorous bombs (a banned and brutal weapon), and other inhumane and illegal weapons against Palestinian civilians.

Just so you know: I’m Jewish. I used to not know many of the details regarding what was happening. And I understand a lot of people are misinformed because the media is really Pro-Israel, especially in the US which spends billions of dollars in aid to Israel yearly. But I did my research (and I am continuing to do research), and the more I find out the worse it gets. For one thing, Israel is incredibly racist. Israel’s definition of a “Jewish State” is inherently racist: it includes changing the “demographics” of the land—basically if it’s “too Arab,” it’s not a Jewish state. Problem is, the rate things are going, the Arab population of Israel (and I’m talking Arab Israelis with citizenship in Israel) will outnumber the Jews. Do you think Israelis will stop at killing Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank? They are already striving to drive Palestinian Israelis out of the country (this book by Ali Abunimah goes into all these issues with citations—the free sample on Amazon goes over everything I said in this paragraph—you can also use the search feature; edit: although I encourage purchasing the book! i intend to once I have the money!).

If you don’t believe me that they’re racist, Israelis have even forcefully kept Ethiopian JEWISH women from reproducing because they aren’t “Jewish enough” (aka they are Black) and they want to control the “purity” of their “demographics.” They are literally engaging in ethnic cleansing, genocide and eugenics. Israel’s system of racist profiling has become infamous (and is the model for US airports’ racist racial profiling system—Abunimah’s book also goes into these facts as well). Israel also has a racist electronic ID system that allows them to treat Israeli citizens differently according to their ethnicity and religion—and to carefully control and monitor the movements of Palestinian Israeli citizens—these are their OWN citizens, this is an obvious violation of human rights. They also refuse to give Palestinian refugees who lived in the land first and have been displaced from their homes the Right of Return, while allowing American Jews like me who have NO connection to the country a Birth Right, i.e. Israeli citizenship. I can, for example, go move into a house built where a Palestinian home was just demolished in the West Bank and live there—ILLEGALLY, by the way, all of Israel’s settlements in the West Bank violate international agreements. But Israel keeps encroaching on the land there and displacing Palestinians.

The UK Parliament recognizes Israel’s acts as human rights violations and war crimes. The UN is investigating Israel for war crimes due to this latest onslaught. This all despite the intense pressure to support Israel and the constant backlash against and censorship of pro-Palestinian or anti-Israeli statements. Even so, the international community is finally starting to speak up against Israel. People all over the world are [x] [x]. It’s totally off base to say Zayn and other Pro-palestine people are the ones who need to be informed here.

If you have any issues with any of the sources I used, you can google any of my claims and find many more sources that back up these facts, because that’s what they are: facts. About what Israel has done and is currently doing. If you are only using mainstream media and pro-Israel sources for your research, you won’t know what’s really going on.

As a Jew, I oppose Israel because I support human rights. Israel is founded on human rights violations and it continues to engage in them. Many other Jews like me (even some Israeli Jews!) oppose Israel’s actions; here’s some examples: [x], [x], [x], [x], [x], [x], [x], [x]. This isn’t about Jews versus Arabs (in fact, Arab Jews lived peacefully with Arab Muslims in Palestine before European Jews started stealing the land and killing people). This is about oppressor versus oppressed, colonizer versus colonized. That’s why I stand with Palestine. And I’m proud of Zayn for standing up for human rights.

If you want to continue this discussion I’d be happy to - if you’d prefer to do it in private, that’s fine by me. I can also point you to more news sources and websites with more information. I also ask that my followers do not send this person hate because my goal is to educate people about what is going on. As Ali Abunimah has stated, part of this fight is an ideological battle: Israel wins by spreading lies and misinformation, so my goal is to counteract that with facts and truth. I’m not interested in yelling matches: I’m interested in teaching people so we can join together and support Palestinians and stand against Israel’s crimes.

that awkward moment when your boyfriend just learns about the fung brothers and watched a few of their vids and sends you a message to check them out.

=_=

smenkhkara:

has a muslim man ever played abraham lincoln

has an aboriginal woman ever played elizabeth I

has a black man ever played george washington

has a turkish woman ever played eleanor of aquitaine

no?

then why the fuck would you get the whitest white men to play Ramesses II and Moses

So, transform yourself first…Because you are young and have dreams and want to do something meaningful, that in itself, makes you our future and our hope. Keep expanding your horizon, decolonize your mind, and cross borders.

—Yuri Kochiyama (via larmoyante)

hermionejg:

deputyfuckingparrish:

let’s talk about what a fab human dan radcliffe is…

a++ work, do not regret 13yo me’s crush on him at all

(Source: bcnhills)

medievalpoc:

quifrmqueenz:

medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

 I highly recommend reading the entire article. 
from the infographic:
Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:
only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
0% of protagonists are women of color
0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
1% of protagonists are people with a disability

I never understood why the genre I love so much doesn’t love me back :(

I admit this broke my heart because…me, too.
I have to say that one of the most unexpected and amazing things about Medievalpoc is that I’ve discovered I’m not alone in feeling that way; that there is a whole community out here trying to change that.

medievalpoc:

quifrmqueenz:

medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

from the infographic:

Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:

  • only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
  • of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
  • 0% of protagonists are women of color
  • 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
  • 1% of protagonists are people with a disability

I never understood why the genre I love so much doesn’t love me back :(

I admit this broke my heart because…me, too.

I have to say that one of the most unexpected and amazing things about Medievalpoc is that I’ve discovered I’m not alone in feeling that way; that there is a whole community out here trying to change that.

femmenace-t:

pervocracy:

postwhitesociety:

hm

I think the “women are mysterious” thing can also come from:
1) Women actually being quite clear, but not telling men what they want to hear.  ”She said she doesn’t want to talk to me?  So many mixed messages and confusing signals!”
2) Women not having cheat codes.  ”I tried being nice, and she didn’t have sex with me.  I tried being an asshole, and she didn’t have sex with me.  Come on, there’s got to be some kind of solution to this puzzle!”
3) Women not being a hive mind.  ”First a woman told me that she likes guys with big muscles.  Then the very next day a woman told me she thinks muscles aren’t attractive at all.  Make up your mind, women!”
4) An individual woman doing something confusing, and instead of asking “why is she doing this now?” men ask “why do women always do this?”

Always reblog

femmenace-t:

pervocracy:

postwhitesociety:

hm

I think the “women are mysterious” thing can also come from:

1) Women actually being quite clear, but not telling men what they want to hear.  ”She said she doesn’t want to talk to me?  So many mixed messages and confusing signals!”

2) Women not having cheat codes.  ”I tried being nice, and she didn’t have sex with me.  I tried being an asshole, and she didn’t have sex with me.  Come on, there’s got to be some kind of solution to this puzzle!”

3) Women not being a hive mind.  ”First a woman told me that she likes guys with big muscles.  Then the very next day a woman told me she thinks muscles aren’t attractive at all.  Make up your mind, women!”

4) An individual woman doing something confusing, and instead of asking “why is she doing this now?” men ask “why do women always do this?”

Always reblog

(Source: ethiopienne)