Opposing Concepts

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Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

Yet another interesting commentary on the current educational system, and how it can limit students’ perspectives, esp. with regards to the question of why they are learning. 

In my opinion, the system as it is encourages students to become a specific type of person - preferably, one who can memorize and regurgitate large quantities of information in short periods of time. It is also preferred for the students to be proficient at following orders / coloring between the lines. Students are encouraged to focus less on learning, and more on giving off an aura of knowing more than they do. And there is where a problem lies.

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Salvador Dali ~ "The Metamophosis of Narcissus"


Salvador Dali ~ "The Metamophosis of Narcissus"

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When I listen to people,
   I rest my gaze on their lips.

Not their hands, 
   Which they use to feel.

Not their ears, 
   Through which they hear my response.

Not their nose,
   Which is often used for pretend.

Not their eyes,
   Which are windows into their souls.

The mouth,
   Where sound is produced.
The source of verbal emotion,
   Often associated with different forms
Of in-and-out,


A Whole New World…

(( So this week I decided to try something a little different. :) I saw some beautiful “race-bent” Disney a while ago and wanted to try it out, so here’s some of our ladies. :D (There wasn’t really any rhyme or reason to my choices, I just started fiddling with the images and these happened.) :P I’m going to go back to doing genderbent stuff, but I think I’ll do some of these every once in a while if you guys would like to see more. :) ))

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Things I Have Learned (From Venice)

1. “Sí (Yes),” “Ciao (Hello/Good-bye),” and “Dov’é il bagño (Where is the bathroom)” can get you pretty far in la citta di acqua. However, it should be noted that the use of only these three words will give away your position as “tourist.” Be prepared to be treated as such.

2. Venice’s iconic canals are beautiful, but they are also used by everyone. Every sort of public transportation - from gandolas to water taxis - is made via the canals. As a result, Venetian water quality tends to be poor.

3. Similarly, Venetian food is not the same as food in the rest of Italy. While most of Italy is known for its excellent wine and carb-equivalents, the lack of pure water in Venice has resulted in poor bread quality, and the canals have created a surplus of restaurants created for tourists and tourists only. It is completely possible to throw Venetian bread at a tourist, and have the tourist turn out more injured than the bread. (Not that I’ve tried)

4. Despite this, Venetian wine is delicious, inexpensive, and plentiful. Although many restaurants in Venice will try to overprice their wine (to suck money from tourists), quality wine can be purchased for as little as €2 at any Venetian supermarket. 

“The researchers randomly assigned the children to receive different types of praise. For some of the children, they praised the action: “It was good that you gave some of your marbles to those poor children. Yes, that was a nice and helpful thing to do.” For others, they praised the character behind the action: “I guess you’re the kind of person who likes to help others whenever you can. Yes, you are a very nice and helpful person.”

A couple of weeks later, when faced with more opportunities to give and share, the children were much more generous after their character had been praised than after their actions had been. Praising their character helped them internalize it as part of their identities. The children learned who they were from observing their own actions: I am a helpful person. This dovetails with new research led by the psychologist Christopher J. Bryan, who finds that for moral behaviors, nouns work better than verbs. To get 3- to 6-year-olds to help with a task, rather than inviting them “to help,” it was 22 to 29 percent more effective to encourage them to “be a helper.” Cheating was cut in half when instead of, “Please don’t cheat,” participants were told, “Please don’t be a cheater.” When our actions become a reflection of our character, we lean more heavily toward the moral and generous choices. Over time it can become part of us.”


Raising a Moral Child - NYTimes.com (via alchemy)

A quick caveat: PLEASE do not use this tactic with academic accomplishments, particularly if you have a gifted child. This leads to the child internalizing such things as part of their identities - just as the article says. And internalizing “I’m smart” or “I’m good at school” or whatever, and therefore defining themselves by it, poses a problem when they are suddenly not as good as they were. When you have internalized that you are a smart person, you are not allowed to be anything less, and anything you do that is not ‘smart’ is a moral, personal failing. This is why people cry over getting a B.

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Trouble (Cover) - Original Song by Coldplay; Cover by Leftover Cuties