In America, education has become a prize for people who have already won. Those with money, connections, and access to technology travel a path that starts with private preschools, continues through SAT tutors and exorbitant enrichment activities, and culminates in college that costs more than the national median income. Washington University in St. Louis, for example, charges $63,373 in tuition, room and board, with tuition alone costing $47,300. (The next step for the children of the educated class is an unpaid internship or expensive and required graduate school degree, a grown-up sequel to the pay-to-play childhood.) By contrast, most American families struggle with a lack of early childcare options, subpar and underfunded public schools, after school jobs for teenagers meant to pay household bills, and massive university debt. There are two tiers and the divide begins not with the child’s ability, but with his or her parents’ income.
The Manx loth-cat is a very popular breed, used both for mousing and as a pet. It has a stocky build and has two variants: bob-tailed or completely tail-less. Its friendly and tolerant nature ensures that it is happy even in small enclosed spaces such as apartments or among other animals.
It can become quite greedy if encouraged with treats, so owners are advised to keep track of its weight and make certain it receives enough enrichment and activity.
ello and again welcome to the aperture science computer aided enrichment center. we hope your brief detention in the relaxation vault has been a pleasant one. your specimen has been processed and we are now ready to begin the test proper. before we start however keep in mind that, although fun and learning are the primary goals of of all enrichment center activities, serious injuries may occur. for your own safety, and the safety of others, please refrain from
We tried out the 101 box game tonight and it took Lio 20 seconds to start whining out of frustration. The thing is that he still participated in the game so I could tell that he kinda understood what was going on- he was just whining the whole time.
I think it’s just so different from how I usually train him which is very structured and involved on my part.
I’m going to try again in like an hour to see how he feels about the box game.
Watch These Shedd Aquarium Otters Frolick in the Snow
After five to 10 inches of snow fell in Chicago, Illinois, five otters living at Shedd Aquarium celebrated the snow day.
This video by the aquarium shows Yaku, Kiana, Mari, Luna and Ellie playing in the snow brought in especially by staff on Thursday. The otters could be spotted having a ball of a time as they were running, jumping, sliding and rolling in the snow.
According to a release from the zoo, animal trainers often use ice cubes and ice treats as a form of enrichment. Bringing in the snow was one enrichment activity to provide mental stimulation and physical exercise. Credit: YouTube/Shedd Aquarium via Storyful
Thanks to everyone who participated in #GISHWHESTakesTumblr and our subsequent #givelovetoday gifting event last weekend!
We enjoyed running through Tumblr with you! Even more so, we were truly touched by all who took the opportunity to fight against the painful events of Sunday by sharing beautiful stories about one another. Your stories put a little more light back into the world on a dark day. Thank you.
You made an incredible impact- not only on us and on Tumblr, but also on the world!
Collectively, our winners donated:
1 year of clean water to 30 families in Kenya
6000+ feminine hygiene products to help homeless women at the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, CA
2 sets of enrichment activities for the Downtown Women’s Center, to brighten the lives of women in crisis
4 donations of needed school supplies to Dreams2Acts: Nicaragua
6 months of support for an orphan in Haiti
2 $250 donations to Wounded Warriors
Sponsorship of a hearing ear puppy for Hearing Dogs of the UK
2 Donations to LGBT support organizations in Orlando, FL
Support for 30 at-risk youth through the Trevor Project
1 donation to Random Acts, llc
A goat & family farming package to a needy family through Heifer International
Funding of the surgery center costs for 2 reconstructive operations for breast cancer patients
Incredible! You made a real difference in the lives of others.
Thank you all for your generosity.
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My family and I went to NC and stopped to visit The Cherokee Bear Zoo, a smelly and indecorous road side attraction. What we saw there broke our hearts. They kept several full grown grizzly and black bears living in concrete pits. A far cry from a bears natural habitat, the bear’s enclosures offered none of the enriching activities enjoyed by animals living in an AZA approved facility, and the hard flooring has been shown to put a strain on the bear’s joints causing premature arthritis.
Some of the bears appeared to be limping painfully others seemed lethargic and even unresponsive to the bits of bread and lettuce thrown at them from an overhanging deck by the zoo’s patrons. In addition to the adult bears the owners also had a small Grizzly cub that was passed around as glorified photo op for tourists.
The exploitation of these bears stains the Native culture, ideals,and identity that defines the Cherokee Nation. Seasonally, they also held a tiger in what looked like a cramped dog crate. No animal deserves this kind of profane cruelty and abuse. The practices of the Cherokee Bear Zoo are deeply unfair and unfit to continue. The animals under their care should be confiscated and helped to live out the rest of their lives comfortably in a rehabilitation centre or free-range sanctuary. Please help me to get relief and ultimately justice for these poor animals.
Honestly, enrichment for reptiles can be as simple as letting them roam your livingroom. (Supervised of course) New smells, things to climb on, and things to go under are all things that your snake can explore without being stressful on them. Thresh’s favorite enrichment activity is ‘climb on the lower parts of the chairs’
So I spend hours and hours researching summer programs or enrichment activities online for my own benefit. I use a myriad of resources including tumblr, academic forums, Google, specific databases, school co-op lists…ect The process is always tedious and I have several aspects I’m looking for (price, location…ect) After spending a weekend at SWIB, I’ve talked to a couple of friends discussing a potential website idea that categorizes all of the programs into one easy to use interface. Yes, there are already databases out there, but they are awfully hard to use, not updated and unaesthically pleasing. I would love love to make this project a reality, so please contact me if you are interested in helping. I’m looking for people with web development experience and people who have general computer science knowledge so that we could create an algorithm that filters out the information. Even if you don’t but are interested in making this project a reality with whatever skills you can offer including research, graphic design, anything really. Please reblog this post to signal boost. (Hello my 50 spambot followers!!)
I will be updating this post with mockups and vision plans.