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"With few exceptions, the public school teachers I’ve known over the years are among the most committed people I know, working long hours for relatively little pay on one of the most important tasks of our society – educating our children. Yes, the tenure system has to be reformed, and a few teachers aren’t doing a good enough job. But these aren’t the real problem. Our public school teachers have become scapegoats for a system that’s underfunded, underequipped, underappreciated, and overwhelmed."- Robert Reich, economist

"With few exceptions, the public school teachers I’ve known over the years are among the most committed people I know, working long hours for relatively little pay on one of the most important tasks of our society – educating our children. Yes, the tenure system has to be reformed, and a few teachers aren’t doing a good enough job. But these aren’t the real problem. Our public school teachers have become scapegoats for a system that’s underfunded, underequipped, underappreciated, and overwhelmed."

Robert Reich, economist


If you think I’m “illegal” because I’m a Mexican learn the true history because I’m in my homeland.

If you think I’m “illegal” because I’m a Mexican learn the true history because I’m in my homeland.

huffingtonpost:

Hey, White America, You Need To Hear What These Ferguson Kids Have To Say

In a new video from social justice-oriented T-shirt company FCKH8, several Ferguson children lampoon the excuses white people give to avoid getting involved in ending discrimination in America and deliver a call to action to stomp out racism.

Watch the full video and see these kids explain how racism is still a huge part of even getting an interview for a job.

Many whites say they would be happy to live in an integrated community, but define ideally integrated as around 10% black and 90% white.

Ferguson’s experience offers lessons in integration (x)

This lines up with studies done on housing segregation a while back. The “racial tipping point” was about 8%. In other words once the perception of the neighborhood was that more than 8% of it was non-white, people (and by that I mean white people) started moving. 

While housing segregation has been institutionally enforced (de jure) it’s very commonly individually practiced (de facto). 

(via invisiblelad)

I’ve been saying this for a very long time and now the studies are bearing it out:

When most white people say “diversity,” what they actually mean is “tokenism.” They actually mean “as long as whites remain dominant and aren’t outnumbered by those Others, then YAY for ‘diversity’ and all the props I get for supporting it!”

Meanwhile, side-eye.

(via sonofbaldwin)

swolizard:

fightbears-benchdragons:

thebaddestfemaleradfem:

huntyqueen:

Today one of my friends was dress coded for her bra strap showing and so she wrote on the gym shirt that they gave her. It reads “Dress Code: promotes the objectification and sexualization of young bodies, blames the wearer for the onlooker’s perceptions/actions, perpetuates rape culture, and is bullshit” On the back she wrote “You can’t shame me for something I’m not ashamed for”. It was really cool seeing all of the people’s reactions who saw it and I thought what she did was pretty cool.

YES YOUNG WOMEN STANDING UP FOR THEMSELVES
ENDLESS APPLAUSE

Or you shouldn’t dress a certain way AT YOUR FUCKING SCHOOL.

homie stand down you arent gonna win this fight I’ll let you know that right now

swolizard:

fightbears-benchdragons:

thebaddestfemaleradfem:

huntyqueen:

Today one of my friends was dress coded for her bra strap showing and so she wrote on the gym shirt that they gave her. It reads “Dress Code: promotes the objectification and sexualization of young bodies, blames the wearer for the onlooker’s perceptions/actions, perpetuates rape culture, and is bullshit” On the back she wrote “You can’t shame me for something I’m not ashamed for”. It was really cool seeing all of the people’s reactions who saw it and I thought what she did was pretty cool.

YES YOUNG WOMEN STANDING UP FOR THEMSELVES

ENDLESS APPLAUSE

Or you shouldn’t dress a certain way AT YOUR FUCKING SCHOOL.

homie stand down you arent gonna win this fight I’ll let you know that right now

justice4mikebrown:

the-goddamazon:

But remember when they used drones to find Dorner within a few days? 

^^^^

American exceptionalism when it comes to income distribution – our unique suspicion of and hostility to social insurance and anti-poverty programs – is, I and many others would argue, very much tied to our racial history. This does not, however, explain in any direct way why we should misperceive real inequality: people could oppose aid to Those People while understanding how rich the rich are. There may, however, be an indirect effect, because the racial divide empowers right-wing groups of all kinds, which in turn issue a lot of propaganda dismissing and minimizing inequality.

lessoninteaching:

In a couple weeks, I’ll officially be a third year teacher. This is nothing compared to so many fantastic Tumblr teachers, but in my short time in education, I have seen many teachers come and leave the profession. Apparently, at high-poverty schools, 20% of teachers leave every year. After…