“The House blocked a Democratic alternative that would have paid for the student loan bill by taking away tax subsidies for oil companies.” —
The GOP chooses Oil companies over Women’s Health! Really I mean Really!
“If you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” —(via upupdowndownlrlrba)
“Tests are a tool, not a goal. We should use them as needed, not let them use us. Their misuse has turned them into a weapon to narrow the curriculum, incentivize cheating, promote gaming the system, and control teachers. The more we rely on high-stakes standardized tests, the more we destroy students’ creativity, ingenuity, and willingness to think differently, and the more we demoralize teachers. The important decisions that each of us will face in our lives cannot be narrowed to one of four bubbles. We must prepare students to live in the world, not to comply on command.” —The Problem Is Bigger Than a Pineapple - Bridging Differences - Education Week (via adventuresinlearning)
“Teachers have boatloads of responsibility. For eight hours a day (10 months a year), they’re expected to educate and look out for the well being of thirty or so young lives. In some cases, these children spend more time with their teacher than they do with their own parents or family. Teaching is a profession often undervalued (in pay-scale and esteem) in the United States, but few professions are bestowed such trust in helping to raise our future leaders.” —Eli Kaplan (via dietcokeporfavor)
“Today, the definition of education has been fundamentally altered from the definition that it held 20 years ago. The definition of education today is intertwined with the definitions of government, big pharmaceutical companies, special interest, and politically based decisions. In order to understand the definition of education today one must understand educations own definitions that puts labels on everything and everyone. In education today, students are defined by subgroups, and are treated accordingly. Students who can’t conform to the beliefs that all students are alike and therefore should work as a “unit” are defined as ADD or ADHD. However, at times these students are simply defined as “unreachable” or “defective” for reasons in their own are beyond comprehensible. If a student can’t conform to the ideology that all students should be able to take standardized exams that produce a “universal result” than such student is incompetent or suffers from “undefined learning disabilities” and therefore should be subjected to yet more testing. If a student has the tendency to think outside of the paradigm he is unruly or objectionable and therefore is a “disruption to the learning environment.” It is these definitions that define education in America today, students are defined as failures because of atrocities that are not in their domain of control and it gets no better for teachers.” —
“Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.” —Aleph by Paulo Coelho (via imbraveheart)