“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism”

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~Thomas Carruthers

I wouldn’t mind, but splitting children’s books strictly along gender lines is not even good publishing. Just like other successful children’s books, The Hunger Games was not aimed at girls or boys; like JK Rowling, Roald Dahl, Robert Muchamore and others, Collins just wrote great stories, and readers bought them in their millions. Now, Dahl’s Matilda is published with a pink cover, and I have heard one bookseller report seeing a mother snatching a copy from her small son’s hands saying “That’s for girls” as she replaced it on the shelf.

You see, it is not just girls’ ambitions that are being frustrated by the limiting effects of “books for girls”, in which girls’ roles are all passive, domestic and in front of a mirror. Rebecca Davies, who writes the children’s books blog at Independent.co.uk, tells me that she is equally sick of receiving “books which have been commissioned solely for the purpose of ‘getting boys reading’ [and which have] all-male characters and thin, action-based plots.” What we are doing by pigeon-holing children is badly letting them down. And books, above all things, should be available to any child who is interested in them.

Happily, as the literary editor of The Independent on Sunday, there is something that I can do about this. So I promise now that the newspaper and this website will not be reviewing any book which is explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys. Nor will The Independent’s books section. And nor will the children’s books blog at Independent.co.uk. Any Girls’ Book of Boring Princesses that crosses my desk will go straight into the recycling pile along with every Great Big Book of Snot for Boys. If you are a publisher with enough faith in your new book that you think it will appeal to all children, we’ll be very happy to hear from you. But the next Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen will not come in glittery pink covers. So we’d thank you not to send us such books at all.

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Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex - Comment - Voices - The Independent
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Now, Dahl’s Matilda is published with a pink cover, and I have heard one bookseller report seeing a mother snatching a copy from her small son’s hands saying “That’s for girls” as she replaced it on the shelf

What we are doing by pigeon-holing children is badly letting them down. And books, above all things, should be available to any child who is interested in them

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Ten words to cut from your writing

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People of Color Do Survive the Apocalypse: 5 Books You Should Read

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weareteachers:

Good way to remember the difference. 

weareteachers:

Good way to remember the difference. 

cartoonpolitics:

The controversial issue of ‘school vouchers’ .. (some background)

cartoonpolitics:

The controversial issue of ‘school vouchers’ .. (some background)

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PD: Painting & Printmaking

classroomcollective:

I was so honoured to be chosen to go to the painting and printmaking workshop. I find that we new teachers focus so much on learning about math and language but rarely focus on learning about the arts. Today was my day to learn.

First: Watercolours

Before you begin to paint you need to put a…

weareteachers:

Teachers read mean tweets from students. #awesome #gotyou

havocados:

nosdrinker:

there are people who ACTUALLY do that lemon juice/cayenne pepper/maple syrup thing

this isn’t fear factor

omfg dude a few years go my shit for brains roommate found out about that shit (it’s called the master cleanse) and got all gung ho about it until I researched it and found that the inventor had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for killing someone with this cleanse and light therapy

sea-smith:

forevergrilo:

fishcustardandthecumberbeast:

chubbycartwheels:

hola-my-mishamigos-and-timelords:

toxicscars666:

“Proof” updated version.

STOP IT I’M FREAKING OUT

I am both scared and excited

LET’S NOT FORGET THE FUCKING DALEK EYESTALK THAT WASHED UP IN FLORIDA

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Or the Utah Cave Painting resembling the TARDIS~

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let me repost this again

Not to mention the fact Mars is full of water.

Ladies and gentlemen, Gallifrey

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Remember those things the Master had? So:

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Crack in time?

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HE LIVES.

So now I’m just gonna sit down and wait.

i just nearly fell down the stairs running to tell my dad that the doctor is real and that the internet has proof… 

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let’s not forget about this painting that has been made in 1959.It looks like Amy and Rory who actually lived somewhere around that time

This is my favorite post ever

Everytime I see this post again, it has been updated with lots more information that seriously make me if all is real.

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Found this in a subway station,

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and that’s an ancient Scottish symbol 

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does anybody remember this or

OH SNAP

IT GOT BETTER

Whovians, prepare for battle. The battle for Earth.

EVERY TIME I SEE THIS POST ITS BEEN UPDATED WITH MORE PROOF WHICH MAKES ME BOTH VERY EXCITED AND A LITTLE SCARED

This is why Doctor Who fandom is fucking amazing. 

*flailing*

I’m not even a part of the fandom, but this deserves a reblog because, um, WOW. WHOVIANS, YOU GUYS ARE SERIOUSLY LUCKY TO HAVE ALL THIS STUFF THAT POINTS TOWARDS YOUR STUFF POSSIBLY BEING REAL.

WHY THE FUCK HASN’T ANYBODY FOUND PROOF OF HUNTERS BEING REAL YET?!

Archives of the Mycenaean palaces at Pylos and Knossos that has a figure that resembles a DalekArchives of the Mycenaean palaces at Pylos and Knossos that has a figure that resembles a Dalek

What looks like a weeping angel stalking the Beetles. Maybe that’s why The Doctor was present for the above pic of his and the Beetles?

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2013/01/doctor_who_is_real.php

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thechroniclesoflee:

sixpenceee:

First of all, that first statement is an overgeneralization. Not every Chinese person is going to be skilled at math of course. It’s ignorant to go into these stereotypes. 

But try this:

4,8,5,3,9,7,6.

Read them out loud to yourself. Now look away, and spend twenty seconds memorizing that sequence before saying them out loud again.

If you speak English, you have about a 50 percent chance of remembering that sequence perfectly If you’re Chinese, though, you’re almost certain to get it right every time. 

Why is this? 

One explanation is because the Chinese language allows them to read numbers faster. 

Chinese number words are remarkably brief. Most of them can be said in less than 1/4th of a second (for instance, 4 is ‘si’ and 7 ‘qi’)

Their English equivalents—”four,” “seven”—are longer: pronouncing them takes about 1/3 of a second. 

The English number system is also VERY illogical. 

For example, right after the word 10, instead of saying one-ten, two-ten, three-ten we have different words like 11,12. 

Not so in China, Japan and Korea. They have a logical counting system. Eleven is ten one. Twelve is ten two. Twenty-four is two ten four, and so on.

That difference means that Asian children learn to count much faster. Four year old Chinese children can count, on average, up to forty. American children, at that age, can only count to fifteen, and don’t reach forty until they’re 5 years old.

The regularity of their number systems also means that Asian children can perform basic functions—like addition—far more easily.

Ask an English seven-year-old to add thirty-seven plus twenty two, in her head, and she has to convert the words to numbers (37 + 22).

 Ask an Asian child to add three-tens-seven and two tens-two, and no translation is necessary. 

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Huh. That’s really interesting!

This makes so much more sense than the racist bullshit people come up with.

this applied to Thai language as well. 

You should listen how Asian children recite the times table.

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