"Children are required to be in school, where their freedom is greatly restricted, far more than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. In recent decades we’ve been compelling them to spend ever more time in this kind of setting, and there’s strong evidence that this is causing psychological damage to many of them. And as scientists have investigated how children naturally learn, they’ve realized that kids do so most deeply and fully, and with greatest enthusiasm, in conditions that are almost opposite to those of school….
Most people assume that the basic design of today’s schools emerged from scientific evidence about how children learn. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Schools as we know them today are a product of history, not research.

Research has shown that people of all ages learn best when they are self-motivated, pursuing answers to questions that reflect their personal interests and achieving goals that they’ve set for themselves. Under such conditions, learning is usually joyful.
The evidence for all of this is obvious to anyone who’s watched a child grow from infancy to school age. Through their own efforts, children figure out how to walk, run, jump, and climb. They learn from scratch their native language, and with that, they learn to assert their will, argue, amuse, annoy, befriend, charm, and ask questions.

They do all of this before anyone, in any systematic way, tries to teach them anything.
This amazing drive and capacity to learn does not turn itself off when children reach five or six. But we turn it off with our coercive system of schooling.”



This is extremely important ~


There was this article in the Irish Times last Friday (FRONT PAGE) that made me want to kill stuff. It said ‘1/3 of parents admit to taking their kids out of school for a holiday’. It also said that in England and the USA, you can get FINED for taking your kids out of school for a holiday. What the FUCK?! I can’t comprehend this crap *explodes*

The fact that it was saying parents *admit* to it as if it’s a bad thing really riled me. Guilt-tripping and shaming parents for making decisions for THEIR kids. And it said ‘they admitted to this despite attendance being the top indicator of educational achievement’. Oh god killl meeeee. Because missing a week of school is going to make a difference. But yes obviously kids who aren’t interested in school, have a hard time at hom etc. are going to miss a lot of school and then do badly (AT SCHOOL, WHICH IS A HIGHLY FLAWED SYSTEM ANYWAY). I don’t see how that’s relevant to taking them on a holiday

And some minister was like ‘oh we can’t have this, people need to know that children MUST attend school’ and it was just like WHO ARE YOU - how do you know what children, or my child needs? You don’t, you don’t have a fucking clue actually, you’re just relying on an archaic system based on factory lines, sexist frameworks, religious institutions amongst lots of utter complete and total crap

Grrrr it just made me so mad how some minister decided all kids need to go to school, because they KNOW somehow that it’s perfect and right, and a parent who probably knows a shitload more about their OWN KIDS is not allowed to bring them on a holiday from which they could possibly learn so much more than sitting in those awful schools

I hate school >_> *explodes again*

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Hollywood is making more female superheroes, but forgetting the super powers

For those who spend time thinking about the role of women in film, conventional wisdom has it that Natasha Romanoff, the character played by Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel movies — most recently in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but also in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers — is a significant step forward for the cause of gender equality amongst superheroes. A female action hero who can really hang with the boys, Romanoff (aka Black Widow) fights alongside Iron Man and Captain America, and better yet, she is not a romantic love interest for either of them (well, not yet, anyway). She is pretty close to their equal, and even in 2014 that’s kind of a big deal.

But let’s not break that glass ceiling quite yet. It’s true that the prominence of Black Widow in the Marvel film universe is a sign of progress. For years, Hollywood has resisted depictions of strong, independent women in lead roles, despite the fact that the strong female protagonist is rapidly becoming a reliable box-office draw (see Gravity, Frozen, and The Hunger Games for recent examples), but they have not quite cracked the superhero movie genre in a meaningful way; Black Widow, for example, takes a clear backseat to her male counterpart. More importantly, those female superheroes who have of late anchored a film or played a prominent role in one, all have something in common: They don’t have superpowers.

Black Widow is an assassin who has worked for the KGB and S.H.I.E.L.D., but she’s just a woman who knows how to fight. The same goes for Jennifer Garner’s Elektra or Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in The Dark Knight Rises, both of whom are fierce fighters and smart as a whip but still are bound by the laws of nature. In some ways, these films paint a progressive picture of gender relations, and they could provide important role models for the next generation of women; but without superpowers, these strong, independent women will always be second-class citizens to the male superheroes. Despite Black Widow’s ability to kick ass and take names, she is never really a formidable threat. She never fights anyone with superpowers because if she did, she would lose.  

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inner light by sanjay punekar

Acrylic painting

Painting about festival of light in India. diwali festival ! vibrant color used! play of color !
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Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make they least, they pay the most.

…wait, what?

It’s worrying that this is SURPRISING to people? Why is it?! Because America is just the best or something??? (ugh)

Most people outside America are hyper-aware of the American minimum wage and it’s crappiness. Hence tips. 

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Ugh, so much of my life is torn between not knowing whether to do something nice for somebody. Usually I’m happy to do nice things for people but I’m scared of being a pushover who people take advantage of. However when I don’t do the nice things I feel like an scabby selfish asshole. HOW DO YOU STRIKE BALANCE ;(

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AU where Robin and Barney unexpectedly become parents. Robin’s worried this pregnancy will kill her future as a foreign correspondant, but hey! a woman’s allowed to have both a career and a family, so they take the kid with them and travel anyway. It’s not easy but Barney’s there to help (he’s writing the updated version of the Bro Code anyway, it became a great hit), and their daughter ends up speaking four languages by the time she’s five. They’d spent years worrying their respective fathers had messed them up too badly to make them good parents, but when their teenage daughter hugs them in 2030, thanking them for everything they’ve done for her, they finally understand they couldn’t have been more wrong.

I didn’t watch HIMYM much towards the end but yes this would’ve been good -

A part of me would be like ‘grr Robin didn’t want kids why did they give her kids’

But another part is like ‘women who want to have adventurous, exciting lives should be able to have kids too! Men often have both!!!’

So yes, this would’ve been cool.

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Barnett Newman, Yellow Painting
(1949, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)

I don’t understand some things

a) how people seem to have ‘instinctive’ understanding of this kind of art? Like, over 200 people have reblogged this with no comment about why on earth it’s good or a valuable piece of art. 

b) I’d understand if it was EXPLAINED to us, but I’ve trawled the internet looking for explanations as to why this guy is such a famous artist and I’ve found so few answers! All I get is very wishy washy ‘oh it’s existential’ answers but surely the average person has no interest in that kind of stuff and that alone is not enough either, you literally can say that about ANYTHING it’s bullshit! I need more than that.

I’m not saying ‘this is crap’ but I don’t get why it’s so hard to find out why it’s not, and how other people seem to magically already possess this knowledge. It’s hardly obvious. Are people faking just to look clever?

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My dad got me one of these for my birthday today :D He hasn’t dropped it over yet but he is tomorrow and I’m excited to try it. I hope it’s not just a crappy novelty thing, but the reviews seem quite good. I just wanna blend up loads of veg that I sometimes have trouble eating e.g. broccoli and kale! Plus it also seems to be an easy way of making almond milk, cashew milk etc. :D

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what’s Whitney Houston’s favorite type of coordination?


i hate this i hate u 

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