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Posts tagged "education"

lastrealindians:

The Eaglebull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for speaking out against the activity this school flier discusses. The school encouraged children to ‘dress up like a Native American.’ Other activities included making feathered headbands and playing Indian.

Now the family faces an undue financial burden for expressing freedom of speech and asking the school to end culturally offensive curriculum.

Please contribute here to help this family fight back. This legal decision will impact all Natives. Every dollar helps. There is $6,000 left to raise: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30

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thatfeministqueer:

Feminism

Racism, Race, & Culture

Sizeism & Body Positivity

LGBTQIA+

Ableism

Privilege

Reproductive Health

Classism

Misc/Other

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msjayjustice:

A southeast Michigan public school teacher has been removed from the classroom while district officials look into whether a lesson plan on African-American history and racial segregation laws was inappropriate.

Article by: Associated Press

Updated: May 31, 2014 - 6:30 PM

MONROE, Mich. — A southeast Michigan public school teacher has been removed from the classroom while district officials look into whether a lesson plan on African-American history and racial segregation laws was inappropriate.

Alan Barron was placed on paid leave nearly two weeks ago after an eighth-grade history class at Monroe Middle School was shown a video of how white entertainers once used black face paint to imitate blacks, according to The Monroe News (http://bit.ly/1gPFuNY ).

An assistant principal sat in on the history class as Barron, 59, discussed Jim Crow laws and showed the video.

"Mr. Barron has been on leave … while we look into a reported situation in his classroom," the district said this week in a statement. "Because this is a personnel matter that is going through the teacher-contract required steps, we cannot comment any further."

Barron also is supervisor of Monroe Township, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit. The Associated Press left a message seeking comment Saturday at a phone number listed for Barron, who is expected to retire this year after 36 years in the district.

As part of his suspension, Barron can’t attend an annual banquet for retiring teachers or other district functions.

Adrienne Aaron, whose daughter is in Barron’s class, said he simply was teaching history and that racial segregation is a subject that should be discussed with students.

"It had nothing to do with racism. History is history," Aaron told the newspaper. "We need to educate our kids to see how far we’ve come in America. How is that racism?

"It’s so sad this has happened to him. He’s one of the best teachers we’ve had."

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/261373031.html

Teaching our children about how far this country has come in terms of equality may be ‘innapropriate’? Telling them the truth has caused a man to be removed from his job. It should have already been on the mandated lesson plan! It is NOT solely ‘African American’ history. It is American history, it still affects us to this day and it NEEDS to be taught.

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ultrafunnypictures:

This is what’s wrong with the American educational system.

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I think that the withdrawal of the grant and the implication of student loans necessarily limits people that want vocational careers and produces a generation of people who feel that only the purpose of education is to earn money. And you already see it happening, right? It’s changed the vibe of campus and it changes the kind of people that want to go to college and I think it was done deliberately.

I think it was done deliberately to rid us of all these troublesome thinkers and artists, and of conscientious people. And I think that if Thatcher could have done it she would have done, because I remember a really famous bit of television—well I don’t think it was famous, but it was famous to me:

It was in about 1988 and she was being shown around a women’s college in Oxford, and she said to this girl, ‘What are you studying?’ And it was just broadcast as just a bit of like, filler footage. Thatcher went, ‘What are you studying?’ and the girl said, ‘Ancient Norse literature.’ And Mrs. Thatcher went: ‘Ooh, what a luxury.’

And this wasn’t pointed up as meaning anything, but it does mean something. What it means is that the Prime Minister attached no intrinsic value to knowledge of another culture, or of the past, or of its language. And its a cliché to say, but you understand the modern world through its echoes in the past.

And obviously, there’s not a huge financial future in studying ancient Norse literature, but we do need people that know about these things, and the ‘trickle-down’ effect of their knowledge enriches a culture and the people in it. And to say that, what she said—’What a luxury’—indicates that if she didn’t believe there was a direct financial value to it, that it was of no value and the pursuit of that information should not be subsidised by the state, and that’s wrong and I think it was done deliberately.

In the end, [Lord of the Rings, a film trilogy that wouldn’t exist without Tolkien who studied English literature at Oxford on scholarship funds,] that made a lot of money, didn’t it? But you know what, the problem with that is then you’re being drawn into fighting the war on their terms:

When Battersea Arts Centre was threatened with closure because of its withdrawal of funding from Wandsworth Council and when the Bush Theatre was threatened with closure because of the withdrawal of its grant from the Arts Council, the bigwigs from both those places engaged with their detractors by saying, ‘But look, we developed Jerry Springer: The Opera and that went on to the West End and made loads of money for businesses,’ and the Bush went, ‘We developed this play about whatsit, and so-and-so’s in it,’ and whatever.

But actually, what they should have said was: ‘Look, we put on, for a week, a bloke blowing into a balloon and dragging it around on the floor and making funny sounds. And that didn’t transfer to the West End because it has no commercial future, but it is inherently worthwhile.’ That’s what they should have said: ‘And that’s why it needs funding.’

But instead they engage on their [detractors’] terms and they’ve already lost because they talk to these people as if the only point of the art were to make money for shops in the West End because people on the way to the theatre were buying crisps. It’s like you’ve already lost because instead of going, ‘Well we feel this has an inherent value in and of itself,’ you’ve gone: ‘Yes, but look, it made loads of money!’ So it’s a problem.

British writer and comedian Stewart Lee, creator of Jerry Springer: The Opera, discusses current levels of student debt and how it is affecting the careers of potential comedians and other writers/artists/performers. He also discusses the importance of arts funding and grants and the need to defend art for art’s sake.

Lee studied English at St. Edmund Hall in Oxford on a full grant between 1986 and 1989. The Lord of the Rings mention comes from the fact that Tolkien himself studied English at Oxford under a scholarship.

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Heyyyyyyy this is extra important re: the huge student and arts funding cuts that Abbott’s budget imposes

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tsarbucks:

penfucker:

Did you know it’d cost 62.6 billion dollars to make the American public college system free
Did you also know we spend 631 billion on our defence budget
Do you know why I’m so fucking pissed off

psh. college? who needs it. what America really needs is $90 monkey wrenches

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wombatking:

performingartsfreak:

blackfeminism:

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

hamsterloki:

chailattemusings:

miss-sakura-noki:

breastmilkontherocks:

"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.”

PREACH

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. 

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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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sociolab:

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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lookatthewords:

tanukitsune:

abaffledking:

youarenotyou:

thiefofheartz:

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headpeace:

whitepeoplemadatthings:

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.

wtf 

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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ruckawriter:

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.