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I'm Amy, a white queer atheist vegetarian cis female physics major. I spend most of my time fangirling Connor Hawke, Jason Todd and Cassandra Cain. This blog is sex-positive, body positive, QUILTBAG positive, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-ableism, anti-oppression in general, anti-whatever fuckery DC is pulling now, and pro-Missing-E. Check out http://daggerpen.livejournal.com/tag/fanfiction for my fics. I have SPD and a migraine disorder, so please tag for flashing lights, general trigger warnings, and, just as a personal "I'm tired of seeing scans from these shitty arcs" thing, tag for Fabian Nicieza and Grant Morrison, as well as the issue numbers of the arcs in which they both butchered Jason's characterization.
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Posts tagged "education"




[image reads]: School is a Prison and damages our kids by Peter Gray from Salon.com





"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.”


Public schooling, at least in America, was started around the time of the Industrial Revolution, and was a preparation for factory work when kids got old enough. That’s why the hours are as long as they are and every public school seems to run on the same shitty system that only provides bare minimum education. It taught basic literacy and work ethics to children who could then grow up and be decent employees. The school system wasn’t designed for learning and teaching, it was designed as job preparation. 


I had so much trouble reading this because it takes me back to highschool and elementary school and I found myself staring at the ceiling for twenty minutes trying not to cry.

School killed my urge to learn, read, explore, and whatever self-confidence I had as a blissfully ignorant child.

The worst part of this to me is that these problems -aren’t- unsolvable. They aren’t at all! Other countries have already experimented with alternative forms of teaching for young children and highschoolers with great success! Look at Finland for fuck’s sake!

It’s not an unsolvable issue! People are just too fucking lazy to try and FIX IT.

don’t ask a lot of questions, don’t prove the teacher wrong, don’t deconstruct the oppressive assumptions in the documents, don’t self-educate

This is the most important thing in the entire world.

My school had a very broad definition of “disrespect” in the rules, which actually meant you could get into trouble for proving yourself innocent of something else, if the teacher or administrator involved felt you weren’t respectful enough while pleading your case.

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Do you ever think about the fact that the US has created and legitimized a system of institutionalized inequality by funding schools through property taxes?  That basically a child’s education is only as good as the value of the property in their neighborhood.  Funny how education is so often viewed as an equalizing factor when there is nothing equal about it.

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And sometimes white people get mad at other white people. 

The comic in question no longer lives on her Tumblr page, but you can find a reprint of it (with full credit and her permission) here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/aaronc13/this-comic-perfectly-explains-what-white-privilege-is

My heart goes out to this young woman, and I hope that she eventually feels comfortable enough to come back to Tumblr, as she’s a smart and gifted artist. 

Her tumblr, if you want to follow it, is http://jamietheignorantamerican.tumblr.com/

It’s a shame that this happened.  Her comic was perfect and nobody deserves death threats.

I love her comic and its a shame she got bullied off for telling the truth.

that comic was great. jesus white people y’all need some serious humility and love in your life.


White people need to chill.

Doesn’t this just prove her point? 

From her page:

Please do not send me any more messages about how awful it was that I received death threats. I am beyond pissed that everyone has taken my comic about white privilege and the effects of institutionalized discrimination, and has turned it into a rallying cry against online bullying. This was not the point I was trying to make. Stop making me the face of bullying, and do NOT make me the face of “White Allies”. ——————-THERE ARE COMICS AND POSTS LIKE MINE BEING MADE BY PEOPLE OF COLOR ALL OVER THIS WEBSITE, AND THEY DON’T RECEIVE 1/5TH OF THE ATTENTION THAT I HAVE GOTTEN. THE FACT THAT MINE GOT POPULAR SPEAKS VOLUMES TO WHAT EXACTLY WHITE PRIVILEGE IS. I may not have deserved this hatred, but I do NOT deserve ANY praise. I want you all to know that Education is NOT where oppression ends, it’s where it begins. Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful words, but it’s over now. There’s nothing left for me to say.

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The .@BadAstronomer writing, as he does, very, very well, about how the Young Earth creationist theory is not only demonstrably wrong, but how it is a violation of the First Amendment to teach it in the first place.

But Texas is putting $82 million of taxpayer money towards doing just that.

I’ll be over in the corner, breaking things.

Oh, and here’s a link to the workbook piece of fiction that’s being used.

When you’re done reading it, you can join me in the corner. I’ll save you some crockery to shatter.






The pictures above are all of my mom, Teacher Lee. She runs a completely free developmental preschool. Her program targets the 49% of children in San Diego that can’t afford to attend conventional preschools and it is open to ANY children. Parents and caregivers are required to attend the classes because an important part of her program is to tech parents how they can turn every day activities into learning experiences that can help the child develop the skills they will need to be successful in kindergarten.

NOW, here is what I need from you! Teacher Lee’s program is absolutely DESPERATE for funding! She is currently up for a grant from FedEx, but in order to win, she needs people to vote for her. It would mean so much to me, and to her, if you went and voted once a day and shared this post with your followers. She has dedicated her life to this cause for so many years, and she needs all the help she can get. The link below will take you to the page where you can vote. It will only take a moment, so please, please help!!!! 


If you want to learn more about Teacher Lee and her program, you can visit her website 



Limora is a good friend of mine, whose mom is a goddess with a cause. Hope you all can take a second to help! 

wow! 522 notes and she only has 265 votes??? come guys! it TWO clicks!

You can vote once per day til Feb 23!

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Government offers guidelines to end ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

The Obama administration on Wednesday issued new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students are punished for violating school rules after data found minorities were more likely to face disciplinary action or arrest.

The guidelines that came from the Justice and Education departments called for improving school environments by training staff, engaging families and teaching students how to resolve conflicts. They also urged schools to understand their obligations under civil-rights laws, and outlined a host of federal resources regarding school discipline.

Civil-rights advocates have long said that a “school-to-prison” pipeline stems from overly zealous school discipline policies targeting black and Hispanic students that pull them out of school and into the court system.

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Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP



3 Ideas to Make College Mostly Free

Oregon wants 80 percent of its adults to hold a college degree or postsecondary certificate by 2025. To meet that goal, lawmakers are focused on making college more affordable—whether that means increasing funding after years of budget cuts or rethinking tuition payments altogether.

Currently, about a third of students in the Beaver State don’t graduate from high school on time—or at all—and just 61 percent of graduates immediately head to college. A third of Oregon students are nonwhite, and half of students are low-income.

State and local funding for higher education dropped by 32 percent between 2007 and 2012 even as enrollment jumped by 36.2 percent, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. Unsurprisingly, Oregon students are paying 18 percent more in tuition and fees than the national average, and students’ debt loads are soaring.

Here are three ideas kicking around the state Legislature that would make college free, or much cheaper, for Oregon’s increasingly diverse student population. If the state can successfully pilot these concepts, they could catch on nationwide.

Read more. [Image: Robb Carr/AP Photo]

Yet another reason to move back to Oregon





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Wow! This is actually really great, and most of these classes seem to have sets of videotaped lectures for the classes!


now that is something

curses, there isn’t one for medicine!


Indian School Whisperer, by Dave Archambault Sr.

Dave Archambault Sr (Itazipo Wakinyan) Lakota from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation gives a TEDx talk about the historical problems with Indian education and discusses ideas on how to solve it. Dave Archambault Sr has a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Penn State and is a long time advocate for Indian education having worked as an educator, administrator and consultant at Indian schools and tribal colleges throughout his career.

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