shit-english-speakers-say:

Actually, we were making fun of racists.

#~*~*~it's satire~*~*~
Why Do Americans Stink at Math?
The trouble always starts when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it.

[…]

Most policies aimed at improving teaching conceive of the job not as a craft that needs to be taught but as a natural-born talent that teachers either decide to muster or don’t possess. Instead of acknowledging that changes like the new math are something teachers must learn over time, we mandate them as “standards” that teachers are expected to simply “adopt.” We shouldn’t be surprised, then, that their students don’t improve.

Title: It's Not Up To You
Artist: Björk
Album: Vespertine
Plays: 5165

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: 87

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: 331
#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]

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