Goooood grief. I'm not sure about the credibility of this... but... getting your front teeth knocked out is sexxxy in "coloured" culture. It is called a "passion gap." If you're brave, you'll go read the article that describes how to knock your teeth out and why it's such a hot trend in places like South Africa.
I am a xenophobe, personally, so I think it's a disgusting trend. I'll warn you ahead of time that the article has language in it that I am not personally condoning, K?
In other news, I think we have all learnt this week that it is not nice to call someone a s--- because she thinks birth control is a right. I would be kinder and say she's just a "delusionary little princess" if she thinks contraceptives are the big crushing medical expense most families need to face in the real world. Wow, three thousand dollars for this important "medical" care over the course of four years? I'm weeping for ya. I'm sure transplant and cancer patients are too, sweetie.
I guess during an election year, people with special needs who would live without families in institutions the rest of their lives without extra help from the state are just not important demographically.
I'm not even getting into how this debate makes me feel as a conservative Christian. As a special needs mom, though? As a lower-middle class mom who has to pay for her own root canals? There is a real disconnect from reality in this whole farce we call a "debate."
Forbes. Um, not exactly a "let's revolt and have an anarchist government" sort of publication. A recent article posits that just as slaves fared better under slavery than they did after their initial taste of freedom, so too are students better off in the public schools than learning on their own. But we need to free them anyway.
"Abolition of slavery was not postponed until there was a clear
vision for how to integrate millions of former slaves into society. Mass
recognition of the fundamental evil of the institution demanded immediate
action. Freed slaves embarked into a hostile world of profound deprivation and
See, if I were alive during that time I should *like* to think I would want slaves freed after some provision for their well-being were made. To my mind it is cruel to remove the few supports these people had so suddenly, but that's war for ya and they weren't the only ones. But is the writer intimating that if public schools were to disappear tomorrow that we'd have "profound deprivation and misery" in the educations of millions of young people?
Just... sort of a strange article. I can't quite pidgeonhole it.
I had no idea that when I was in school, I learnt to read and write because some dude in an office made up some standards! I mean, you can't have education without curriculum. And you can't have curriculum without standards (?? apparently yeah).
So. Therefore, we need Common Core and we need it now. Because even if those standards are bad, we can't have good curriculum without them.
"It seems to me a bit of a silly shell game to walk
around talking about how standards don’t matter when every educator knows that
quality standards can be a crucial ingredient in improving education."
Every educator knows this. If you don't know this, you must not be an educator. Because every educator knows that quality standards can be a crucial ingredient in improving education.
I swear, just for fun, go google your local school district's "mission statement" and report in the comments. See if it's in English. I mean real English that people speak outside of educational committees. :)