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silver-and-ivory  asked:

Please tell me about how No Child Left Behind has negatively impacted students!

One of the biggest ways is the emphasis on standardized testing! The intention’s not terrible at first glance- like, on one hand, it seems like a good idea to have standards that our students should be held to, that kinda puts everyone on an equal playing field, etc. But the implementation has screwed things up royally. Basically, it asks students to be familiar with standards, but not master skills, tasks, or concepts. This means that the teachers are basically backed into the corner of teaching the test- there’s frequent test drills that leave no time for creative work. It also means that all students are judged on the same standards- the problem here being that many students aren’t at grade level when it comes to reading comprehension, math skills, etc. They haven’t had the time to master these skills because the teacher’s been obligated to teach the test! They haven’t gotten to work on critical thought, writing, reading for enjoyment- they just get to see that the only measure of academic success is their raw test scores. So students who are struggling are held to the same standards as the honors students- everybody is expected to compete at the highest level. It favors one type of learner over all the others, and it often comes at the expense of the youngest children’s biological needs. Little kids aren’t supposed to sit at a desk all day- they need to run and play and get physical activity so that their bodies develop and they learn how to use their muscles! Students who are allowed to take breaks and play learn not just academic curricula but also social skills, which is a super important part of elementary school. But in elementary schools across the country, we see recess being cut. Funding for these schools is partially based on these test scores, so schools that are struggling often end up struggling more. Alternatives have been proposed to varying degrees of success, but so far it looks like our public schools are only going to get worse and worse- essentially, high stakes testing is pulling up the root to see how your plant is growing.

NCLB- particularly its prevalence of standardized tests- is also ableist and classist/racist by nature. Students with learning disabilities often have a very hard time with the standardized test format. So do students with physical disabilities- the scantron format is only friendly to those students who can sit for long periods of time and perform repetitive wrist/hand motions. While educational accommodations do exist, the fact is that many students do not get them. This is especially true of under-funded inner city schools and under-funded rural districts! The racial element of NCLB has been explored in great detail- basically, it favors the kind of information that your average middle class white student would know and have grown up hearing. It assumes a reading level that many students do not have- students whose first language isn’t English, for example. And because of that “familiarity, not mastery” thing, these students often don’t have a chance to catch up. Education isn’t a one size fits all thing, and the way elementary, middle, and high schools are managed has a massive impact on how college (what I teach) works. College can be a great thing- it can be a step up- but it can also drag you down. By being thrown from a system that just “teaches the test” into one that demands creative skills and critical thought, students who weren’t lucky enough to go to a really good public school (or a private school) are basically shoved off a high dive into what can turn into a literal ocean of debt. 

Now, NCLB has many, many more problems than that- people who actually study education and the politics of teaching can certainly tell you more than me! But this is how I see it as a college instructor- NCLB has created a generation of young scholars who don’t see learning as a process of exploration- rather, they basically just see it as highly punitive factory work.

America’s great housing divide: Are you a winner or loser?

The overall U.S. housing market has recovered from the crisis that plunged the country into recession. But a new analysis by The Washington Post shows that the recovery has been deeply uneven, creating winners and losers along lines of race, income and geography.

See the full graphic and search for your neighborhood.

You don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to remember the history of the last quarter-century. Bill Clinton raised taxes, and Republicans said the country would plunge into recession and the deficit would balloon; instead we had one of the best periods of growth in American history and we actually got to federal budget surplus. Then George W. Bush cut taxes, and Republicans said we’d enter economic nirvana; instead there was incredibly weak job growth culminating in the Great Recession. Barack Obama raised taxes, and Republicans said it would produce economic disaster; instead the deficit was slashed and millions of jobs were created.
—  We don’t actually have to argue about whether the Republican tax plan will increase the deficit, because the theory behind it has been tested again and again, and the results are obvious.

anonymous asked:

Anyone that thinks michael obama should have run for president is an effing brainless stool sample. She would have been an even bigger failure than the illegal muslim terrorist resident

First off, he was born in Hawaii.

Second, freedom of religion is our very first amendment you dumbass, but that’s right, you guys only mean freedom of religion when it’s your religion, just like you only mean ‘all men are created equal’ when it’s your men.

Third, you’re islamaphobic

Fourth, to name a few:

  • he was the first president to recognize same sex marriage
  • he passed Health Care Reform and 15 million more people now have health care
  • he passed the stimulus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that spurred economic growth in our countries greatest recession since the Great Depression
  • he passed the Wall Street reform to ensure that we wouldn’t go through another recession
  • he ended US involvement in Iraq
  • eliminated Osama Bin Laden 
  • turned the U.S. auto industry around
  • kicked banks out of the federal loan program
  • boosted fuel efficiency standards
  • eliminated catch-22 in pay equality laws giving women the right to sue if found that they are being paid less than men for the same work
  • repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
  • reversed Bush torture policies
  • improved America’s image abroad
  • passed the fair sentencing act reducing sentencing disparity between crack vs powder cocaine possession from 100 to 1 to 18 to 1
  • encouraged and rewarded states for education reform
  • put $330 million into next generation school testing
  • improved school nutrition
  • invested in renewable technologies
  • passed credit card reforms
  • expanded hate crimes protections
  • reduced the unemployment rate below the historical median
  • the list 
  • goes
  • on
  • and
  • on
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and to top it all off he had absolutely no scandals during his 8 years in office.

Plus he did all that and and a bag of chips while battling racist scum like you so please escort your mouth to my dick so we don’t have to hear you talk anymore.

Do your research before you come into my ask hunty, oh & next time don’t hide behind anon, I’d love to put a face to the ignorance😘 

Labour didn't cause the financial crash of 2008...

Just putting this out there because I’ve seen a few people mention that “labour ruined the country with the recession, they caused the long standing problems of poverty etc”

Labour happened to be in power when the economy went to shit.
I study Accounting and Finance, I know exactly how the recession happened, something which the majority of people don’t care to learn or try to understand.

So here’s the deal; the reason the economy fell apart in 2008 was the USA’s financial sector. In America mortgage brokers and firms began granting mortgages to people with no proof of income or ability to repay loans worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, because they could sell on the debt to other companies for a profit because housing was seen as a market that could not fail. But then the borrowers admitted to not being able to payback the debt. Thousands of people had this happen at the same time.
This caused companies to flood the housing market with cheap properties in an attempt to get any money back from the mortgage. People were made homeless and bankrupt because of Bankers greed. Not the government.
This practice, which originated in USA, was passed over to the UK on a smaller scale, but still had a huge effect as not only did we have to deal with our housing market crash but with the financial repercussions the USA had on the international financial markets.
Labour didn’t do this.
Tony Blair didn’t do this.

Bankers did it. Bankers are still being reckless and risking this happening again.

It has fuck-all to do with government.

EDIT 1: I have just been made aware of the fact that the reason Bankers and finance workers could do this in the USA was due to the deregulation put in place by the USAs Republican Party (i think that’s the right name?) so I guess they are technically to blame as well! EDIT 2: I have been informed by someone much more qualified than me that there are inaccuracies here, and I do apologise! I’m just learning myself, I have a whole year of international finance to go, so I’m not saying this is definitive. It’s just what I’ve been taught so far, It’s always good to research and educate yourself so if you like this, read up on it, let me know if you find anything contradicting or interesting! Thanks to the anon for letting me know, the moment my exams are done I’m definitely going to read up more on this.

anonymous asked:

So question (since I am seeing it everywhere and I know you live in the UK), what exactly is the EUReferendum and how do you feel about it?

First off apologies if I ramble, I’m not always coherent in writing my thoughts without hours of drafting lmao and I’m at work lurking Tumblr on the sly o/
 Also I’m no political expert so this is entirely opinion :)

I have to go into the history of the EU to explain how we got to where we are and this could get quite boring. I’ll try and break it up with semi-relevant gifs.

Also apologies that this will be very England-centric. This is not deliberate, I just can’t speak for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland who all have a different manner of shit going on.


Europe, as you know, is made up of a shitload of countries. Because of our long history of kicking the shit out of each other and frankly being unfriendly tribal bastards most of Europe is broken down into rather small countries - we’ll come back to this later as this is sort of important.

After WW2 the European Union (EU) was created to encourage nations within the European continent to work together and stop fighting. As you’ve probably noticed, European nations fought a lot in the past :D

The original point of the EU was to encourage decent trade/customs/market, share intelligence etc and basically work together. It was also a sort of ‘let’s huddle together whilst the USA and Russia kick the shit out of each other, if we band together we can look a bit big and scary and they might leave us alone’.

Naturally, the UK didn’t sign up at first because lol Empire. For the record when we did eventually try to join France blocked us like 3 times lmao. 

SO ANYWAY. Time goes on and the EU is working pretty fairly. But it’s no easy task. You’re aiming for equality amongst dozens of nations with very different levels of economical strength, laws and culture. How can you balance a nation like the UK with for example a Baltic state fresh out of the Soviet bloc? 

Trade was one of the answers. A poor nation is struggling but they have a hell of a lot of coal, so the EU lowers customs/taxes on their coal exports and encourages other nations to import it. Good for that struggling nation, bad for the local industries of other nations who have now been undercut. People lost jobs, towns and villages lost their livelihoods, governments sat back and did little to nothing. Combine that with cheap resources like coal and steel from China and Russia, old industries died out and little was done to replace livelihoods for people with basic skills and education.

It also became cheaper to set up your businesses abroad, like factories in Poland or call centres in India. Why pay a Brit the minimum wage when you can pay a foreigner half as much for twice as many shifts? (and ignore all the health and safety rules, what’s the worst that could happen…)

BTW To be a member of the EU you have to pay a membership. That fee is reflective of your nation’s size/economy of course. Smaller and poorer nations pay less than the likes of the UK and Germany for example.
 That money is put into a sort of pot and then dished out where its needed across the EU. Farming subsidies, a new bridge in Greece, new roads in Spain, an art project in England. Its usage varied. My region - the North East of England - receives a hell of a lot of funding from the EU (because for some reason which I’m sure is totally non political, our own government doesn’t give us much, but that’s another story…)

Gradually, for the sake of equality, the EU with a panel of politicians from various countries began implementing laws that would apply to all member states. Various health and safety stuff, immigration regulations, right to health care outside your own country, free travel, human rights stuff (like allowing prisoners to vote, boy was that unpopular in the UK!) etc.

When the global recession hit, the UK suffered. Maybe not as much as the likes of Greece etc, but it hurt the poorest of our country like recessions tend to do.

People in the UK were angry. Unemployment was high, businesses were closing down left, right and centre, emergency services were watered down, vital resources and charities were haemorrhaging money and losing quality of service… but we were still paying our weekly fee to the EU.

In return, the EU rules allowed a large influx of Europeans to come into the UK as they pleased looking for work. If you think the UK had suffered during the recession imagine how Eastern Europe had fared! The sudden increase of working class/labour bodies (who were willing to work longer and for less pay than the Brits) meant competition for even a part time waitress job was fierce.

Now surely at this point, the government should invest money and create jobs!

But they didn’t :^) Our government brought in harsh budget cuts (not affecting their rich friends of course though) - and made receiving dole money (welfare to you US lot) very difficult. 5 minutes late to your Job Centre appointment ‘cos you can’t afford a car or public transport? Lol Enjoy your 6 weeks of no welfare penalty. Disabled? Prove it. If you can blink you can work, hand over your benefits and find a damn job.

At this point the working class in the UK is pushed to breaking point. But worry not! The Far Right is here to tell you whose fault it is!

Immigrants! Immigrants are to blame! It’s all their fault and they’re doing it deliberately because they hate Britain hurr durr durr.

(Man it took a lot of resolve to include that pic of Nigel Farage, he makes my skin crawl. Like a lizard in human skin. I bet he has a zip on the back of his neck.)

This is his most recent and highly controversial poster - German history enthusiasts might recall a similar poster during the 30′s :^)

Google ‘Farage immigration poster’ for more varieties of hateful propaganda.

Keep in mind poverty and lack of education go hand in hand. I know the stereotype of Britain is posh people with monocles saying “Good heavens Jeeves look at the stock market jolly good!” - but like everywhere in the world there are a lot of people in the UK living hand to mouth just trying to get by.

So, from the point of view of the UK’s most destitute, here’s what they see:

- Immigrants taking jobs Brits need/want
- Immigrants putting strain on NHS services
- Immigrants causing schools to be overcrowded
- Immigrants able to enter the UK without thorough background checks
- Refugees from Africa and Middle East able to freely cross Europe into UK without any money/background checks etc.
- Immigrants bringing Islam with them
- Immigrants not adapting to UK laws and culture, indulging in criminal activity
- Immigrants able to claim housing and benefits - and bumped up the queue ahead of Brits
- Immigrants sending money to families abroad and not contributing to UK economy

Are all of the above true? In some cases yes. Is it the fault of all immigrants? No. The UK has needed investment in its emergency services for years, its needed more schools and hospitals for years. Our population was growing any way and is also growing older.

There’s also the belief that the UK has no sovereignty because the EU ‘makes all the laws in Brussels by unelected leaders’. idk to what extent that is true, but the very idea pissed a lot of people off.

So the Far Right gains popularity. They say if we kick all the foreigners out it will solve all the UK’s problems. They say we can only ‘control our borders’ if we leave the EU - which would also mean the money we pay to the EU can be spent on other things, like the NHS! That’s a promise!*

Our right wing Conservative government got into power on the promise that they’d hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership. After getting into power twice, they now p much had to abide by that promise or lose face/confidence.

But they didn’t actually expect people to vote Leave.

I don’t believe every Leave voter is racist, but I think all racists probably voted Leave. I think a lot of people fed up with their circumstances voted Leave. I think many people just wanted to stick two fingers up at the government and voted Leave. Many older people who ‘remember what Britain was like before the EU’ (’cos yeah, it was so great…) voted Leave.

Young people like myself enjoy the ability to travel freely in Europe, the ability to apply for a job anywhere in Europe with ease, the guarantee of our human rights, and we were fearful of the economic repercussions - our generation has already suffered under government cuts. We couldn’t risk the economy crashing, businesses relocating offices and jobs out of the UK etc.

We also didn’t like the idea of our basic rights and services at the mercy of a government notorious for being cold and uncaring.

So we rallied to vote Remain. Experts across all manners of fields and the highly educated joined us. 

But it wasn’t enough. Fear and hatred won in my opinion.

Now our Prime Minister, having backed the Remain side, has resigned. There is no-one decent to replace him. The pound has plummeted. Racist attacks have increased dramatically over the weekend on anyone who isn’t white with a British-sounding name/accent. (seriously people have even started shit with Welsh people, mistaking them for foreigners).

Oh and this promise?

“We never actually said that.”

The Leave party are suddenly backtracking on all their promises. And have failed to offer any sort of plan for the future other than “Let’s wing it, it’ll work out.”

If it doesn’t work out, well many of the older population voted Leave, they don’t give a shit, they got their pensions secured decades ago, they’ll be dead before anything impacts them.

Scotland and Northern Ireland strongly voted remain. They feel even more separate from the UK than they already did. Scotland needs the EU, it doesn’t want to leave. They will try to leave the UK before they leave the EU.

I feel like the UK is a creaky ship in a storm and all the crew have jumped overboard and left us. Rather than our government admitting its faults (they were quite happy to pass buck/blame to the EU whenever people complained), or trying to work with the EU to change things, we’ve decided to cut our noses off to spite our faces.

But hey, who cares if we’re all poor and jobless and everyone hates us, as long as we’re all white - right? :^) 

ITALY, Turin : Italian protesters run for cover as clashes erupt with police in downtown Turin on December 12, 2014 during an eight-hour strike called by the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) and the Italian Labour Union (UIL). Tens of thousands of Italians took to the streets in boisterous protests against government policies that are struggling to haul the recession-bound country out of the economic mire. AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO

I’ve been talking to a lot of NDP supporters lately

And there’s a bunch of them who, even though they voted NDP in the last election, even though they plan to vote NDP again, when you ask them who they think is going to win, they say they think it will be the Liberals.

This is a problem. There are too many of us who are stuck in a third-place mentality, who have no faith in the voting masses, or in what working people can do when we come together.

Who’s the official opposition? Who was leading in the polls a couple of weeks ago? Who unseated 40+ years of Conservative rule in Alberta? Not the fucking Liberals.

The election is still a few months away, so I’m probably going to be saying this a lot more as we get closer to the date, but the attitude that we need to be taking towards the Liberal Party is fuck them. They have lost their status as the ruling party of Canada, and more than that, they are no longer relevant. With the country sliding into recession, the issues of the day are going to be focused on the struggle between bosses and the bankers, vs. the people. The Liberals may not be as aggressively awful as the Conservatives, but in the end they’ll be just as hard on average Canadians - it was the Liberals who implemented the harshest austerity the country had see under Chretien. There is only one party that was founded by labour, that has any kind of organic link to ordinary people, and that’s the NDP. We need to make that clear.

The Liberals have shown themselves to be weak-willed in their opposition to the Harper government, and Trudeau is inspiring no one. The only hope they have is convincing people that the NDP still isn’t a realistic option. The will push for people to vote strategically, and may even try to make deals with the NDP to not run against each other in certain ridings.

We can’t buy in to that kind of thinking. No good will come of propping them up. It’s entirely possible to decimate the Liberals and beat the Conservatives. The NDP can win this election on it’s own terms.

mother: honey u just simply cant go to disneyland the country is in recession your father left us and your child benefit money has run out please you’re eighteen now you got to understand


mother: well that changes everything 

When George W. Bush was president, the deadliest attack on American soil occurred, despite his administration having prior intelligence suggesting not only that it would occur but the nature of how it would. After this, Bush drove the country into deep debt by starting a war under false pretenses in which tens of thousands of lives were lost and a country was destabilized leading to the formation and enhancing of terror groups that are still an issue today. His administration’s lack of oversight and regulation was a large factor in the wildly speculative and in many cases outright criminal behavior that led to the mortgage crisis that put the country in a recession and a lot of people out of their homes. Bush created a tax plan that not only increased the national debt, but specifically favored corporations and people with the highest incomes, which furthered the income inequality that was already getting out of hand in this country. Bush and his Republican congress presided over the creation of the Patriot Act and PRISM which gave the government massive power to invade privacy and which the NSA abused to spy on innocent people for years before Snowden’s leak. 

My point here is that George W. Bush was an absolute disaster of a President. He destroyed the economy, sent thousands of young people to die or be injured physically and mentally in a false war, turned a surplus into a massive deficit, and signed terrible things into law that still affect us today. If Donald Trump becomes president and can top all that, I would actually be surprised. 

anonymous asked:

How does socialism make a country great? What is great about lazy free-loaders getting the same benefits as those who work hard?

The whole point of socialist policies is to protect the most vulnerable in our society as well as laying down a safety net. Socialist policies are there to look after the elderly, the disabled, the young, the sick and people going through a hard time. Socialist policies also promote free healthcare, free education and a prison system that is based on reform, not punishment (and certainly not profit). Places like Sweden, Denmark & Norway are the most socialist countries in the world, and they’re also ‘happiest’ countries in the world - they also have low crime rates, high education rates and low incarceration rates. Funnily enough, they were also some of the countries that were least affected by the recession.

These countries have high tax, yes. But personally I’d rather have a high tax rate and support people in need than a low tax rate and people unable to get medical care or feed themselves.