Some of the many books created for children of color (:
Not only do they excel in representation, they teach important life lessons, and they shed positive light on the media imagery of POC.
"Tumble me down, and I will sit/ Upon my ruines (smiling yet :)"
If you thought the English language went downhill when the emoticon was introduced, you can blame a 17th-century poet. Editor Levi Stahl found that English poet Robert Herrick used the first emoticon in his 1648 poem “To Fortune.” For more on the potential ruin of language, read Fiona Maazel’s piece on commercial grammar. (via millionsmillions)
"We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1 percent. We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work."
Insights from the doctor who coaches athletes on sleep. Pair with the science of what actually happens while you sleep and how it affects your every waking hour.
More on sleep here.
Um. Why is the recommended track that automatically plays after this one a Hannah Montana song?
"One trend we have noticed, with growing apprehension, is the ease with which the language of decolonization has been superficially adopted into education and other social sciences, supplanting prior ways of talking about social justice, critical methodologies, or approaches which decenter settler perspectives. Decolonization, which we assert is a distinct project from other civil and human rights-based social justice projects, is far too often subsumed into the directives of these projects, with no regard for how decolonization wants something different than those forms of justice. Settler scholars swap out prior civil and human rights based terms, seemingly to signal both an awareness of the significance of Indigenous and decolonizing theorizations of schooling and educational research, and to include Indigenous peoples on the list of considerations - as an additional special (ethnic) group or class. At a conference on educational research, it is not uncommon to hear speakers refer, almost casually, to the need to “decolonize our schools,” or use “decolonizing methods,” or “decolonize student thinking.” Yet, we have observed a startling number of these discussions make no mention of Indigenous peoples, our/their struggles for the recognition of our/their sovereignty, or the contributions of Indigenous intellectuals and activists to theories and frameworks of decolonization. Further, there is often little recognition given to the immediate context of settler colonialism on the North American lands where many of these conferences take place."
because I am waiting for sinus meds to kick in and this is still a personal blog
I could write this in a journal but that wouldn’t set it free in the same way.
The things I would like to have had the chance to say or wish it were possible or appropriate to say:
I don’t think you’re a ‘womanizer’ or a player or whatever people call you in fun. Maybe you sometimes repeat it back to yourself to feel strong, even though you know it isn’t true. I think you’re afraid of being alone but afraid of being hurt and afraid of feeling too deep or too much. That’s a lot of fear to carry and I hope you get the chance to let it go. Soon.
Why do I remind you of Sansa Stark? I am still curious, after all. What were the things you wanted to say to me when you didn’t have the words? When was the first time you noticed me? I wonder if it was the same as the first time I noticed you, because it kind of felt like it at the time.
I also wish I could give you a manual on how to approach people in a way that respects their dignity and their feelings. Mistakes happen and we don’t always know what we want. But we can at least be honest with one another about what we do know, and we can acknowledge the hurt we do cause. Manners aren’t about being prissy and perfect and getting everything right - they’re about showing the people around us that we acknowledge them, that they matter.
There is a lot of good in you and I hope you take good care of it. It does make me sad not to help you with this class, because I am still really rooting for you to do well.
Nice things: the girl from my last-semester Persian class who very sweetly asked for homework help & got me tea today wrote ‘Jessamy jaan’ in her message to me. She also said I’m the only person she even remembers from last semester.
It’s really too bad I was so closed-off last term. I remember having a few nice conversations with her but always sort of closing a mental door on that class and everyone in it.