Title: It's Not Up To You
Artist: Björk
Album: Vespertine
Plays: 3281

well, it never really was

#björk #music
perpetuavix:

gjmueller:

Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor

The phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations” is inevitably associated with George W. Bush, who used it frequently. But whatever your politics, the idea has undeniable merit: If schools don’t expect much from their students, the students are not likely to accomplish much.
A new international study, set to be released Tuesday, argues that the United States has an expectation problem.


I think the key thing here is “13 percent of American children meet an international definition of disadvantage”. Clearly, this index that was used is not what’s considered poor/low income by principals, because it’s not the US standards. 
But I can’t actually believe that principals in the US don’t know pretty accurately what percentage of their students are low-income, as measured by free and reduced price lunch, because that’s the standard that the government uses. Free and reduced price lunch determines Title I eligibility; in fact, about 58% of schools receive Title I funds (which is much closer to the percentage of ‘perceived’ disadvantage! Amazing!). Schools also have to report test scores for low income students separately.
So in all likelihood, American principals are pretty familiar with the level of disadvantage their students face, but not when compared to an ‘international definition of disadvantage’ they don’t use in the daily operation of their school and wasn’t necessarily properly explained to them before the study was conducted. 

perpetuavix:

gjmueller:

Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor

The phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations” is inevitably associated with George W. Bush, who used it frequently. But whatever your politics, the idea has undeniable merit: If schools don’t expect much from their students, the students are not likely to accomplish much.

A new international study, set to be released Tuesday, argues that the United States has an expectation problem.

I think the key thing here is “13 percent of American children meet an international definition of disadvantage”. Clearly, this index that was used is not what’s considered poor/low income by principals, because it’s not the US standards. 

But I can’t actually believe that principals in the US don’t know pretty accurately what percentage of their students are low-income, as measured by free and reduced price lunch, because that’s the standard that the government uses. Free and reduced price lunch determines Title I eligibility; in fact, about 58% of schools receive Title I funds (which is much closer to the percentage of ‘perceived’ disadvantage! Amazing!). Schools also have to report test scores for low income students separately.

So in all likelihood, American principals are pretty familiar with the level of disadvantage their students face, but not when compared to an ‘international definition of disadvantage’ they don’t use in the daily operation of their school and wasn’t necessarily properly explained to them before the study was conducted. 

#education #rb for commentary
Title: Two Planets
Artist: Bat For Lashes
Album: Two Suns
Plays: 83

Bat for Lashes - Two Planets

#music #natasha khan
fuckyeaheritrea:

Festival Eritrea Bologna 2014

fuckyeaheritrea:

Festival Eritrea Bologna 2014

#wish i could've been there for this
#phenomenal

shit-english-speakers-say:

I’m trying to find my own voice.

ephe:

Gustav Klimt, The Kiss (Lovers) 1908-1909
Bound 2, Kanye West

ephe:

Gustav Klimt, The Kiss (Lovers) 1908-1909

Bound 2, Kanye West

fuckyeah1990s:

Björk photographed by Nobuyoshi Araki, 1997.

fuckyeah1990s:

Björk photographed by Nobuyoshi Araki, 1997.

If my work is to confront a reality unlike that received reality of the West, it must centralize and animate information discredited by the West—discredited not because it is not true or useful or even of some racial value, but because it is information held by discredited people, information dismissed as “lore” or “gossip” or “magic” or “sentiment.”

@WorstMuse

Title: Lunes
Artist: El Trio de Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Album: Ciencia de los Inutiles
Plays: 329
#un mundo de miel
Linguistics websites?

tumblinguists:

What are some of your favorite free, easy-to-use websites that you use for your linguistic research, reference, language-learning or just something educational to play around with?

In a few days, once this post makes its rounds around the tumblinguist community, I’ll create a master reference list (split into categories). I have some already, but I’ll save those for now.

In general:
WordReference’s dictionaries go without saying;  lang-8 [x] and SharedTalk [x] for getting feedback from native speakers; Ethnologue and ALD’s endangered language archive for everything else [x] [x]

Language-specific stuff:
GattoWeb’s corpus of Old Italian [x]
YouGulp audio archive of regional Italian [x] 
Treccani for everything else Italian [x]
DEXonline’s Romanian dictionary with conjugation/declension charts [x]

italiaxsempre:

Bologna, Italy

italiaxsempre:

Bologna, Italy

Eno is widely known for coining the term “ambient music,” and he produced a clutch of critically revered albums in the nineteen-seventies and eighties—by the Talking Heads, David Bowie, and U2, among others—but if I had to choose his greatest contribution to popular music it would be the idea that musicians do their best work when they have no idea what they’re doing. As he told Keyboard, in 1981, “Any constraint is part of the skeleton that you build the composition on—including your own incompetence.” The genius of Eno is in removing the idea of genius. His work is rooted in the power of collaboration within systems: instructions, rules, and self-imposed limits. His methods are a rebuke to the assumption that a project can be powered by one person’s intent, or that intent is even worth worrying about.
#i always come back to this
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