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Finance blog????

I am thinking about starting a finance blog and want to know if there is any interest for it.  As a millennial and college student, it would be tailored to the needs of us under 30.  I’m thinking about topics such as student loans, credit cards, how to start investing, budgeting, etc.

I would love your feedback, I have a very quick 5min survey here

anonymous asked:

Can I hear your rant on how higher education should be more about learning than the economic value of the degree? I feel the same way, but it's so hard to get myself to put that pressure my peers enforce behind me and just learn for the sake of learning. It's making me pretty disappointed with my college experience

Sorry, it took a few days to reply to this because every time I wrote an answer it was so long!

At GCSE/A-Level it is extremely difficult to enjoy learning because the British education system makes it so unpleasant most of the time, and this is often coupled with poor wellbeing support so it can be a horrible experience. Following years and years of this spoon-fed memorising and regurgitating of facts, it can be hard to appreciate the independence that comes with degree-level learning.

I do think that higher education should be more about learning than the vocational or economic value of the degree and one of the reasons that I feel so strongly about this is because Goldsmiths is a great university and has an excellent reputation and wellbeing centre but rarely places well in university rankings. This is largely because Goldsmiths straddles the strange limbo between being a liberal arts college and a member of the University of London which is a group of academic institutions dominated by King’s College, LSE and UCL. In addition, the surveys used to create data for university league tables is questionable at best. I’ve ranted more about this below the cut.

The only thing I can advise given that you’re feeling disappointed with your college experience is to try and remember why you decided to go to university in the first place. Learning can be such a powerful thing, it can make you feel whole and able and brave, so you need to find a headspace where you can see back to that feeling. Failing that, do not be afraid to leave university and start over, change schools, change courses, take a year out or leave altogether. The higher education system is 99% poisonous and elitist and we continue to contribute to this, either out of societal pressures or out of a misplaced love of learning and academic study. It takes a lot of bravery to say ‘this is not good for me’ but if you really want to it is possible to enjoy learning outside of the HE sphere. After all you should be there to learn and be happy, not to get a good job or impress your peers.

If you ever want to chat more about it just send me a message, I’m always open to listening x

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Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers - BBC News
Children as young as four are suffering from mental health problems, says teachers' union.

The survey found:

98% of teachers said they had come into contact with pupils who were experiencing mental health issues.

They were most likely to be teenagers, with more than half of teachers saying they had seen issues in 14 to 16-year-olds.

But nearly a fifth (18%) of those surveyed by the union said they had been in contact with four to seven-year-olds showing mental health issues while more than a third (35%) had seen problems in youngsters aged seven to 11.

Nine in 10 said they had experienced a pupil of any age suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, while 79% were aware of a pupil suffering from depression and 64% knew of a youngster who was self-harming.

Around half (49%) were aware of children with eating disorders, and a similar proportion (47%) knew about a youngster with obsessive compulsive disorder.

Hello everyone, I have a quick favor to ask. If you currently attend an American high school, would you mind taking a survey about the American Education system for my sociology class? Responses are anonymous, and I need as many responses as I can get so if you have any friends who currently go to am American high school who wouldn’t mind taking this survey as well, if you would send them the link as well that would be a huge help!! Thank you, I hope you’re all having a lovely day xx


January 8th 1823: Alfred Russel Wallace born

On this day in 1823, British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace was born in Wales. Wallace was raised in Hertford, England, attending Hertford Grammar School, now Richard Hale School. His family struggled financially, however, and Wallace could not pursue higher education, instead becoming a surveying apprentice in 1837. During his time as a surveyor, Wallace developed his love for nature, and saw firsthand social inequalities, which introduced him to socialism. He read widely on works of natural history, and in 1848 travelled to Brazil to collect natural specimens for sale and study in Britain. When he published some of his findings, Wallace was acclaimed by British scientists, and continued to travel around the world researching the natural world. During his time in the Malay Archipelago, he developed a theory of the origin of new species, positing that new species arise from the development of pre-existing species in the struggle for survival; essentially, it was a theory of evolution. Wallace sent his writings to fellow naturalist Charles Darwin, who was struck by the similarities with his own theory. In 1858, Darwin and Wallace published their findings as a paper entitled ‘On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection’. However, it was Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, published the next year, which really gripped the public imagination, hence the focus on Darwin in discussions of evolutionary theory. Wallace returned to Britain a famous scientist, though in later years diverged from the established scientific consensus by claiming that spiritualism, not natural selection, accounts for man’s higher faculties. Wallace continued to write zoological and naturalist works, though increasingly became interested in social issues, advocating women’s rights and socialism. Alfred Russel Wallace died in Dorset in 1913 aged ninety. While Wallace’s contribution to our knowledge of man’s origins is often eclipsed by Darwin, recent years have seen a renewed interest in the progressive, nature-loving scientist.

Mr. Steve: September

By the time he reached his office, Steve already had paint in his hair. He wasn’t sure if was leftover from yesterday’s after school art club, or something he had picked up on the way out the door, but all he could do was hope no one had noticed. 

“So,” Sam said, leaning gracefully in Steve’s door frame with a glass of orange juice. Steve wasn’t really sure he’d ever seen the man without some kind of breakfast food, but it was pretty helpful, since without those cues Steve would never remember to eat. “Principal Romanoff says she likes your Disney pop star look." 

Sam gestured at the blue and red streaked through Steve’s blond bangs. 

Steve groaned as he tried to find his reflection in the hallway-facing window. "What is this, blue? Green?" 

"Blue and red,” Sam informed him. “Leftover from yesterday?”

“I took a shower,” Steve shot back, picking paint flecks out of his hair. “The paint’s out to get me.”

“Yeah, that pretty much sums up elementary school education.” Sam smiled, surveying the empty hallway. In about a half hour it would be flooded with students, half-assedly attempting to keep their voices and footsteps to a dull roar. “C'mon, I got breakfast." 

"Oh, thanks, Sam, but y'know, pastries are a little too sweet for me.”

“Yeah, that’s what you said yesterday. So I got bagels,” Sam replied, ushering Steve towards his office next-door. “Unless you’re some kinda godless heathen who hates bagels and probably America.”

“Look at my hair, Sam. I’m very committed to this nation." 

(Bucky’s POV)


In public radio’s mythical Lake Wobegon, “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

The first two conditions are merely unlikely. The third one is a mathematical absurdity. However, a new survey suggests that almost all parents believe it to be true.

9 Out Of 10 Parents Think Their Kids Are On Grade Level. They’re Probably Wrong

Illustration: LA Johnson/NPR

Hello, tumblr! I have a favor to ask.

I’m doing a school project on LGBT+ awareness, acceptance, and education. If you wouldn’t mind taking a quick 10-question survey to help me, I would appreciate it greatly. If you have a few minutes, click here. Even if you don’t take the survey, please reblog; someone else might and I could use all the responses I can get.

If you’re curious, here’s the goal of the project: I believe that the reason people are so opposed to LGBT+ people is they weren’t properly educated in a non-biased way early in life; their parents or how they were raised more or less dictated how they saw the world and as they grow up, very seldom do they stop to think and develop their own opinion. My goal is to implement a bill (eventually and hopefully) that incorporates LGBT+ education into schools in a non-biased way. I believe that if kids are introduced to LGBT+ in a more subtle way then allowed to decide for themselves what they think, hate crimes related to homophobia will go down.

I believe all of this based, honestly, on a video. These videos are “Kids React to Gay Marriage”. Specifically, one of the kids in the video caught my attention; the young boy named Lucas. In the first video they made, he said “gay is bad for you”. When he was asked why, he said “Because… I don’t know.” Clearly, he was raised in a household with homophobia. Bear in mind, at the time, he was 5 years old. When another video was made a few months ago after the Supreme Court passed the ruling on gay marriage, he said, “I get more information about it. I feel different now.” At this point, he is 7. He was educated on LGBT+ and he was able to change his mind.

The story of Lucas is more or less what I’m trying to achieve. Normalizing LGBT+ people from a young age, presenting it less like a myth and educating young kids on what it really means to be “gay”.

Please message me with questions or concerns, I would be happy to talk to you.