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Thanks to a generation of massive amounts of standardized testing, our students conceive education primarily as a tool for determining a ranking. The Obama administration’s policy is even called Race to the Top. We have the most read columnist in the country telling us how important it is to raise “standards” so our students don’t fall behind.
For our students’ entire lives we have communicated that the reason to learn things is not to fulfill curiosities, but to see where you stack up relative to others. Grades are no longer a proxy for learning, but a lap time determining how well they’re doing at achieving a secure financial future. Under this system, a “B” is genuine cause for distress. A “C” is a disaster that points towards a ruined life.
At the same time, we have made it increasingly difficult to pay for a genuine education. The burden of loans threatens to strangle adult lives before they really begin. It is now impossible to work your way through college. Concerns over even paying for college are also at an all-time high. We communicate that a college degree is more important than ever and then make it more difficult to achieve.
Students look at the larger culture and see not a ladder of opportunity, but a treadmill of obligation. No wonder they’re distressed.

The Anxiety Crisis | Inside Higher Ed (via notational)

Meanwhile, my mantra has morphed into “C’s get degrees”

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15 minutes ago on April 23rd | J | 2,467 notes

That grandma took none of the shit.

Team Grandma

7 hours ago on April 23rd | J | 475,567 notes

 

commanderderp:

lastofthetimeladies:

#Steve that’s a judging face #are you judging Tony #I think you are #just because he put his name on a building too doesn’t mean he wants to take over the world #Tony wouldn’t have any idea what the fuck to do with the world if he had it #he’d probably give it to Pepper

reblogging for he’d probably give it to Pepper

7 hours ago on April 23rd | J | 127,378 notes

domuscaligari:

nightmarekite:

edgebug:

strawberrieninja:

aranzeb:

JESUS CHRIST

This anatomy and these dance poses are freaking amazing.
I’m eternally jealous.

FUCK I AM IN LOVE WITH THE DIFFERENCE IN THEIR BODY TYPES

I feel like I just walked in on something very private

7 hours ago on April 23rd | J | 165,464 notes
22-07-2009:

aimlessme:

amoying:

archaeology:

Ancient Puppy Paw Prints Found on Roman Tiles

i got really happy about this and then i was like “this dog is probably dead” and now i am crying

Probably dead

Probably

22-07-2009:

aimlessme:

amoying:

archaeology:

Ancient Puppy Paw Prints Found on Roman Tiles

i got really happy about this and then i was like “this dog is probably dead” and now i am crying

Probably dead

Probably

20 hours ago on April 23rd | J | 59,183 notes
I met my wife at a Star Trek convention. She was study abroad from France and spoke little English, and I didn’t know a lick of French. So, for the first few months of our relationship, we communicated by speaking Klingon.

Hear more tales of nerdery in this week’s Pwn Up! (via dorkly)

Okay I’m not even a Star Trek fan but that’s beautiful.

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23 hours ago on April 22nd | J | 109,208 notes
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note-a-bear:

haymitchdrinksfirewhiskey:

ediebrit:

oh my fucking god

SOMEONE FINALLY SAID IT.

SHOTS FIRED.

holy shit that went deep

23 hours ago on April 22nd | J | 80,314 notes

alchemicalalice:

narcissamalfoy:

#pepper doesn’t like when tony tells people that she literally reached into his heart #because they assume it’s an adorable metaphor

"Well, it’s true! I put my heart in your hands!"

"And it was GROSS, Tony! God.

23 hours ago on April 22nd | J | 52,100 notes

whitepeopleofficial:

Me reblogging this is my contribution to earth day

23 hours ago on April 22nd | J | 253,154 notes
taserdanceswithwolves:

I laughed harder than I’d like to admit

taserdanceswithwolves:

I laughed harder than I’d like to admit

23 hours ago on April 22nd | J | 3,029 notes

redbeaniscream:

this is the greatest thing ever

23 hours ago on April 22nd | J | 104,728 notes

motivationforfitness:

r-dart:

My Dad isn’t a bad person, he’s just… old fashioned.

This is so much the outlook by many men on a woman’s hormonal fluctuation. As if there is no control. No matter what, women cannot have control of their bodies.

1 day ago on April 22nd | J | 25,276 notes

cafiffle:

jen

1 day ago on April 22nd | J | 10,443 notes
if you consider a woman
less pure after you’ve touched her
maybe you should take a look at your hands

(via solacity)

I will never not reblog this

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1 day ago on April 22nd | J | 528,918 notes
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amandafiske:

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST

1 day ago on April 22nd | J | 138,293 notes