PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. — Dodge tumbleweeds and stray dogs. Venture down a deeply rutted dirt road. Walk into the warmth of a home heated by a wood-burning stove. There’ll be a deer roast marinating on the kitchen counter.
It is here, in a snug home that sits on the edge of nearly 3 million acres of South Dakota prairie, that you’ll find the heart of a culture. It’s here, at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where Joe and Randi Boucher make dinner for their two young daughters. The smaller one squirms and is gently admonished: “Ayustan,” she is told — leave it alone.
It’s here where the Lakota language is spoken, taught and absorbed in day-to-day life.
Photo: Kayla Gahagan
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Russia’s escalating campaign against homosexuals has reached high schools, with at least four teachers harassed this year over their ties to the gay community.
Two of them have already been fired, a trend activists blame on the introduction of a controversial law banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” among minors.
Yekaterina Bogach, an award-winning Spanish-language instructor in St. Petersburg, is the latest to be caught in the crosshairs of antigay vigilantes. This week, the city’s education department placed her under investigation after a group of local residents filed a complaint claiming that her participation in gay-rights rallies made her unfit to teach children. (via Russia’s Gay-Friendly Schoolteachers In The Crosshairs)
A couple of days ago, someone asked what Germanic languages were contemporaneous with Latin. I said a chart showing the concurrence of various related languages would be kind of cool and I should make it.
So I did.
I tried to capture the genetic relations, a general idea of the location in which each language was spoken relative to the others (left to right is west to east, in general), and the time periods in which each one flourished and went extinct.
It is not complete—there are just too many languages for that, but I think I captured most of the major ones. Some of the dates are kind of speculative and some of the larger families had to be pruned to fit them all on something smaller than a ballroom wall, but I think you can get a decent view of when and where things like diversification and extinction happened in the history of the Indo-European family.
Green is a living language, red is extinct, and yellow is dead but kept around in a liturgical or scholarly context.
I’m always up for suggestions, even though I probably don’t have a lot more time to spend on this (not many long weekends in a year where I don’t have a whole lot else to do), but if you have any or if you spot mistakes, I’m always happy to hear from you! I promise I don’t bite.
Update: Made a few fixes—
Added Romani, Romansh; fixed the left-right orientation of languages in the Eastern Iranian branch, the status of Classical Armenian (was extinct, now liturgical), spelling errors.
All right, now for Thanksgiving Pt. 2
When it comes to tackling the problem of chronic absenteeism, students who already already have a track record of skipping class can be a particularly tough crowd to sway. But a new report out of New York City—where one out of every five students missed a month or more of school last year — suggests an intensive community-wide initiative is gaining ground.First, some background: chronic absenteeism is defined as missing at least 10 percent of the instructional days over the course of an academic year, which amounts to about 18 days in the average district. The national advocacy group
Attendance Works considers chronic absenteeism as an early warning system that too many schools, parents and students are failing to heed.
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Don’t think I’m not on to you for one second, Ariel.
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Never underestimate a Marylander’s dedication to old bay
LET ME TELL YOU A THING OK SO MY SCHOOL IS ON THE BOARDER OF MARYLAND AND PA OK AND ONE DAY ONE FUCKING DAY MY CAFETERIA RAN OUT OF OLD BAY AND ALL THE KIDS FROM MARYLAND LOST THEIR SHIT. THEY HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO DO AND YOU COULD TELL WHO WAS FROM MARYLAND AS THEY WALKED AWAY LOOKING LOST AND EMPTY AND HOLLOW FROM THE PLACE WHERE WE HAVE OUR SPICES. MARYLAND HAS TWO THINGS GUYS, CRABS AND OLD BAY AND THEY WORSHIP IT LIKE A FUCKING CULT
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In an email titled “Turkey. Tees. Teachers.”, I found out JCrew has introduced a line of shirts to help Teach for America.
If you’re looking to feel good about yourself for helping under resourced kids this Thanksgiving, go donate food or clothes (they don’t even have to be from JCrew!) to actual under resourced children. Give money straight to under-served public schools.
If you want to thank real teachers, buying a JCrew shirt isn’t going to cut it.
From this teacher…No Thanks, JCrew.