Musings of an educator from Lawrence, KS. Obsessions include: Kansas Jayhawks, politics, women's rights, TV/movies, music, and books.

 

nbctv:

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After all the betrayal, the moment has finally arrived.

If you need us we’ll be hibernating until Monday.

OMG!

It was the blood moon, right?

apsies:

That had to be why my 7th period lost their ever loving minds today.

Except that doesn’t explain all of the other days this happens.

The plan to switch from the silent conversations I had planned originally to station work was a brilliant one for most of my classes. And then we hit a wall during 7th period. I just hate that they can’t seem to handle anything fun. It’s disappointing.

Also, I’m so tired.

This sounds like my 5/6 today. Then, I barely had the energy to teach my 7/8. Only 25 more teaching days.

I know, I know. Your family is different. You do all these things because your kid loves to compete, he loves the travel basketball, she loves the swim team, it’s her life, it’s what defines him. Part of that is certainly true but a big part of that isn’t. Tens of thousands of families thrive in this setting, but I’m telling you, from what I’ve seen as a clinician, tens of thousands don’t. It is a hidden scourge in society today, taxing and stressing husbands, wives, parents and children. We’re denying children the opportunity to explore literally thousands of facets of interests because of the fear of the need to “specialize” in something early, and that by not doing this your child will somehow be just an average kid. How do we learn to rejoice in the average and celebrate as a whole society the exceptional? I’m not sure, but I know that this whole preoccupation is unhealthy, it is dysfunctional and is as bad as alcoholism, tobacco abuse, or any other types of dependency.

newsweek:

The thing is, all of that ice takes a long time to melt. As of April 10, 48 percent of the five lakes’ 90,000-plus square miles were still covered in ice, down from a high of 92.2 percent on March 6 (note that constituted the highest levels recorded since 1979, when ice covered 94.7 percent of the lakes). Last year, only 38.4 percent of the lakes froze over, while in 2012 just 12.9 percent did – part of a four-year stint of below-average iciness. 

And as the Great Lakes slowly lose their historically large ice covers over the next few months, the domino effects could include lingering cold water, delayed seasonal shifts, and huge jumps in water levels. 

Why It’s a Big Deal That Half of the Great Lakes Are Still Covered in Ice

newsweek:

The thing is, all of that ice takes a long time to melt. As of April 10, 48 percent of the five lakes’ 90,000-plus square miles were still covered in ice, down from a high of 92.2 percent on March 6 (note that constituted the highest levels recorded since 1979, when ice covered 94.7 percent of the lakes). Last year, only 38.4 percent of the lakes froze over, while in 2012 just 12.9 percent did – part of a four-year stint of below-average iciness.

And as the Great Lakes slowly lose their historically large ice covers over the next few months, the domino effects could include lingering cold water, delayed seasonal shifts, and huge jumps in water levels.

Why It’s a Big Deal That Half of the Great Lakes Are Still Covered in Ice

Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing.

Neil deGrasse Tyson (via socio-logic)

(Source: alwaysmoneyinthebnanastand)

We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.

The Truman Show (1998), Peter Weir.

(Source: cinyma)

Mike Huckabee says America not as free as North Korea

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cartonplanet:

(Via Hunter at Daily Kos)

Remember how expanding and de-privatizing the TSA was a thing that happened DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION? No?

If his argument is that it’s harder to get on a plane than it is to vote: OK, voting is obviously a very serious thing, but you really can’t commit an act of terrorism in the voting booth. “Entering a voting booth” and “getting on a metal tin can with the ability to kill hundreds of people if shit does down” are kind of different activities, in terms of danger scale. Also, isn’t he kind of arguing that it should be as easy to get on a plane as it is to vote? Because freedom? Or does Huckabee want to get pat-downs and full body scanners before he votes or…?