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For Black History Month, black second graders at LA school receive math homework about slavery

  • At Windsor Hills Elementary, a prestigious math and science magnet school in Los Angeles, second graders received math homework containing a word problem about slaves picking cotton, the Root reported. 
  • The word problem used words such as “plantation,” “slave” and “master.”
  • Karol Gray, a grandmother of a second grader at Windsor Hills, was horrified by the homework her 7-year-old granddaughter was assigned.
  • “It’s definitely disturbing using terms like plantation, master — my daughter doesn’t know what these things mean,” Gray told NBC News.
  • Gray said second graders also received word problems about a man being shipped or “mailing himself to freedom.” Read more (2/15/17 10:25 AM)

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6/100 days of productivity

currently working on advanced functions homework/studying because i have a test on monday! once i finish, i have two chemistry papers to write 😅
but on another note, here’s my bullet journal spread from earlier this week (i tried to make it cute but it just looks messy agh)

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5.2.17 Doing some reading with @lightninginthecolliednight! It’s a rainy day and we’re watching the world go by with some lunch. I got the best mark I’ve ever gotten at uni yet on my recent work and I am so happy! We’ve started a new human geography unit and I’m finding it really interesting. Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I’m drinking lots of coffee and doing some more reading xxx emily

how to study as a busy student

i personally go through this a lot because i have to balance saturday band, honor band, auditions, performances, history club, national history day with school and nonexistant friends. so here u go, friend!! this is my advice to keep up with your (busy) studying!! ha see what i did there im so funny

1. have a planning system. this is a no-brainer. but honestly you’re going to need something to help you keep track of all your deadlines AND your afterschool activities. it doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy; heck it can even be on your phone. but make sure you’re keeping track of everything.

2. use all the time you can to do your homework. if you’re really behind or you have a lot of homework and not enough time to do it at home, do your homework when you can during school. this does NOT mean trying to set the world record for fastest writer while your teacher is collecting the homework. this means on the bus, waiting for your food/the bus/your friends, those down periods during and between classes, during sports practice, and even during lunch. however do NOT make a habit of this!! i get that its a lot, but please still try to have a life!!!

3. set aside a day a week to solely catch up on school work, and another day just to relax. i usually have saturday as my school work day and sunday as my day to relax and prepare for the week. this may seem contradictory, seeing as you may have sports practice or rehearsal on saturday or something. but think of it this way: you’re already going to be working your butt off that day. you might as well keep that flow going and get all your school work together and catch up on any missing assignments. you can also use that sunday off as your motivation to work hard because youre being rewarded with a completely free day.

4. do your homework on friday. please. just do it. this kind of follows the same concept as above: you have school that day anyways, so keep working your hardest. now, if you have no friends like me, this’ll be easy. but if you have plans on fridays (which you should, seriously, go out), stop working 1-2 hours before you have to go somewhere. you can continue any work you havent completed on your catch-up day.

5. drop one or two things. this sounds really painful!!! but being in a lot of extracurriculars and having a nice application/resume is not as nice as your mental health. not being able to balance too many things at once will stress you out and make you sick. like, i used to be in drama club and i also had piano class on wednesdays. once i got older, i realized that these things looked nice on my honor society application, but i didnt have time for what really mattered. (plus i didn’t rly like them anyways.) if you can work your way around it, fine. but otherwise, keep the things close to your heart and drop what you absolutely don’t have time for.

6. if worst comes to worst, talk to your teachers. they will understand, if you’re struggling to be a well-rounded student and keep up your grades at the same time. this doesn’t mean lie or use your teachers as an easy way out. but rather, if everything becomes too overwhelming, talk to someone.

i really hope that helped @ the original anon who asked me this question! sorry this was so late! i’m quite the busy student myself hahaha