"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.”
YES YES YES YES YES
i think breasts are great and as a lesbian they are something i find attractive
i don’t see a breastfeeding mother or a woman simply walking around and existing and having breasts as sexual????
idk men are fucking creeps basically
he’s a keeper
Traces of coca and nicotine found in Egyptian mummies - WTF fun facts
well DUH. a lot of historians are still trying to process the fact that ancient egyptians knew how to build boats, which is ridiculous. why would they not be seafarers and explorers?
this is not new or surprising information at all. it pretty much day one of any african-american studies course.
the egyptians knew that if they put their boats in front of the summer storm winds it’d blow them right across the sea to the Americas and they shared that with the greeks.
It’s really hard for people to understand that everyone had boats, exploration, and trade interactions without the same level of murder, colonization, and violence that the Europeans did. It’s really hard for people to get that.
The Sea-Craft of Prehistory (book; Eurocentric as heck)
Scientific Evidence for Pre-Columbian Transoceanic Voyages (273 pages-for the hardcore only!):The only plausible explanation for these findings is that a considerable number of transoceanic voyages in both directions across both major oceans were completed between the 7th millennium BC and the European age of discovery. Our growing knowledge of early maritime technology and its accomplishments gives us confidence that vessels and nautical skills capable of these long-distance travels were developed by the times indicated. These voyages put a new complexion on the extensive Old World/New World cultural parallels that have long been controversial.
Pope Francis obviously isn’t for gay marriage, but how does he feel about civil unions?
Well, he wasn’t explicitly positive, but he also didn’t rush to judgment or rail against them like so many other Catholic officials before him. Here’s the full statement, from Vatican Insider:
On the question of marriage and civil unions, the Pope reaffirmed that “marriage is between a man and a woman.” States seek to justify civil unions “to regularize different situations of living together,” pushed by the need to regularize the economic aspects between people, such as, for example, to ensure health care, he said. ”We have to look at the different cases and evaluate them in their variety.”
In other words, the Pope said that he could live with states regularizing and recognizing relationships between those of the same sex as a way of preventing them from slipping into poverty or losing access to health care.
On Wednesday, state senator Steve Gallardo publicly came out as a gay man. After openly opposing Bill 1062, he called the veto a “game-changer” that motivated him to open up about his personal life. “I don’t know why the Legislature was doing this. I should come out, I should say something, I should share the personal side of my life that I don’t really share,” he told NBC News.
"I’m a Latino, I’m a native of Arizona, I come from a Catholic family and I’m gay, it’s OK," he added.
Earlier that day, Gallardo addressed the press at the state Capitol and spoke similar words: “I am gay, I am Latino and I’m a state senator,” he said.
Bringing this back cause it is so true.
[Image text: “I don’t care if you are the bastard child of Paris Hilton and Voldemort and your full-time job is a stripper and you are the only girl for miles - you still do not deserve to be assaulted or raped.”]