reforming education

85% of all “ed-reformer” Twitter conversations:

Reformer: You know that time-honored “thing” we all do? Stop it, it’s terrible. I barely have research, but it’s old so it’s bad.

Teacher: I agree, but what about repercussions from my administration or district?

Reformer: Forget admins, forget everything! throw out all your desks for exercise balls. Never use a rubric, just grade with holistic tea leaves and visions! 

Teacher: But there wouldn’t be admin or district support for any of that!

Reformer: Then you’re not committed to your students, change starts within. I know my paycheck and way of life aren’t dependent on following anyone else’s mandates or rules, but that won’t stop me from patronizing you as if you’re ignorant, rather than attempting to juggle numerous requirements at once.
Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy. Only far eastern countries such as Singapore and China outperform the Nordic nation in the influential Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings. Politicians and education experts from around the world – including the UK – have made pilgrimages to Helsinki in the hope of identifying and replicating the secret of its success.

The Finnish school system fascinates me. I’ll be excited to see how this progresses.

Conservatism. Is. A. Scam.

Conservatives: “There is a finite amount of dollars in the world, we can’t help everyone. The debt is too high. We need to tighten our belts. Healthcare reform and college education reform are too expensive. There’s no such thing as free stuff. Taxes are the government stealing. Let’s take care of our own needy first. These deficits are out of control.”
Conservatives: * Support wasting 20+ billion dollars on a useless vanity project wall for Trump to metaphorically blow himself with*

Things I Didn't Learn in Public School
  • How to buy a car
  • How to get and understand health/car/vision/dental insurance or what deductibles are
  • How to budget money
  • How to save money
  • How to invest money
  • What a credit score is and how to get one and maintain a good one
  • How to get an apartment
  • How to apply for a job and how to dress for a job interview
  • How to pay bills and what bills I should pay
  • How to change a tire
  • How to change my oil 
  • How to think critically 
  • How to be confident 
  • How to buy a house/understand what a mortgage is
  • How to do my taxes
  • Why having an emergency fund is essential and life saving

i dragged my ma to yoga at the ymca and no one else came bc of the storms, so it was just us and this cool instructor who used to teach high school english (we talked abt education reform), working thru a very relaxing routine. then i did laps (in the heated kid pool bc i am a baby) for an hour and the sauna/cold shower routine a couple times and got groceries (and SNACKS) and now i’m waiting for this chicken pot pie to finish cooking so i can take a shower+bath and get back to campus to immerse myself in the french language for midterms. bien 


Federal police and military force is massacring activists and professors who were protesting against the laboral/educative reform. I repeat, they’re massacring them. They’re are killing them and burning them outside Nochixtlán. 

On another news, right now in the main plaza, the center of Oaxaca, federal police have cut the lights to make “cleaning” which means dragging and killing all the protesters they can. Ambulances and military jeeps were advising people for NOT helping the protesters or take refugees, or they will be “cleaned” too. 

  6 protesters were confirmed killed due to the use of large weapons by the police. More protesters are disappeared and some are confirmed (just by the survivors) death or burned. In Hacienda Blanca they were killed too.

Also, hospitals, doctors and medicine students aren’t allowed to help or receive the protester, all of this are orders coming from president Enrique Peña Nieto, and the public education secretary Aurelio Nuño Mayer.


The Obama administration is going to award 12,000 prison inmates with Pell Grants to use on college tuition

The Obama Administration’s Second Chance Pell Pilot program, worth a total of $30 million, will be distributed in installments of $5,815 per person to inmates at various correctional facilities. Once eligible, approved inmates five years or less away from release will be able to use them to work towards associate or bachelor’s degrees at a pre-approved list of 67 colleges and universities while incarcerated. The Pell grant pilot program reverses a mandate set in place by a former president.


Feuilly: Feuilly was a foster child who started a business from his foster parents’ garage using only a hand-me down laptop. His business was so successful that he was able to move out on his own at 18. Now his business is large enough to hire employees and he trains and hires underprivileged youths and people with criminal backgrounds. 

Combeferre: Combeferre studies medicine and in his limited free time fights for education reform and helps Jehan tutor underprivileged children to read and write and teaching French to immigrants to better their job opportunities. He constantly worries about France changing to a form of privatized medicine and is a strong supporter of free medical care. The rest of his time is spent worrying about Enjolras and occasionally bailing him out. 

Jehan: Jehan was originally studying French, but often got into disagreements about interpreting classical works, and instead switched into Education with the goal of becoming a teacher. He created his own volunteer group to tutor underprivileged children, adults and immigrants and enjoys introducing them to the Romantic poets and his beloved classics. 

Bahorel: Bahorel technically attends law school with Enjolras, Courfeyrac, Marius and Bossuet, but he becomes disenchanted with it’s competitive nature and the excessive legal corruption he sees everywhere. He spends more time teaching self defense classes than actually studying. His proudest moment was when the smallest girl in his class was able to flip him onto his back.

Courfeyrac: Courfeyrac is the gay rights expert of the law-student-amis. He runs the LGBTQA club at their university and wears ridiculously flamboyant outfits to classes, except on presentation days - on presentation days he wears a sharp suit and has the entire class swooning. He is always one step ahead of fashion and is the only one of the amis thoroughly versed in every social media platform. If Enjolras needs to announce a meeting, Courfeyrac is his go-to man. 

Bossuet: Bossuet came from a wealthy family, but through a series of unfortunate events managed to end up penniless. He has to work extra hard to keep up his scholarship to remain at law-school, but he manages to get by with a smile and by the skin of his teeth.

Joly: Joly specializes in the study of cancer treatment and radiology. Between the diseases he studies and his expertise in radiology he lives in constant fear of either illness somehow contracted from radiation or a superbug. He has in 2016 alone, believed himself to suffer from ebola, the Zika virus, cancer, radiation poisoning from eating fish, gluten intolerance, a super bug, and a particularly resistance strain of cooties. He follows medical journals religiously and changes his diet accordingly, his friends can never remember which week he is eating NO eggs and which week he is living on them, which week he drinks milk and which he is dairy free, etc. He’s currently on a gluten free diet in spite of all of the articles debunking the fad that Combeferre has emailed him.

Marius: Marius was a staunch political rightist in honor of his late father, an army veteran, but after having been introduced to Les Amis de l'ABC by his roommate Courfeyrac, he’s suddenly had all of those ideals shattered and lives in somewhat of a state of poverty and confusion, but he works hard and he, like Bossuet, is managing to get his law degree through a scholarship.

Enjolras: Enjolras comes from a wealthy family and his parents were able to send him to law school without a problem, but he never mentions it and nobody could tell it to look at him. He wears plain clothes and army boots. He struggles with his grades, not for lack of intelligence, effort or enthusiasm, but for getting into constant philosophical battles and heated arguments with professors that often end with him being kicked out of class and occasionally police being called. He runs the radical socialist club Les Amis de l'ABC and stages protests multiple times each professor. He has been arrested several times and is infamous for getting into fist fights, especially with anyone who brings up the topic of American or French politics and supports the hard right.

Grantaire: Grantaire is philosophy major. His parents pay to keep him in school and out of their hair. He’s often one of the brightest students in each of his classes, and when he is not irritating his professors by never shutting up they enjoy having him in class for his deep discussions. Despite the fact that he reads all of the class material and beyond for the sake of one-upping the teacher each lesson, he has entirely failing grades simply because he cannot be bothered to do any of the homework assignments. 

Born seventh in a family of ten boys, Pereira had to be resourceful in order to get what she wants. Little of her childhood is known apart from the meager pension her mother received after her father died. She was six years old when the Pereira family was forced to move to a poor neighborhood in the outskirts of the São Paulo state.
She only caught the authorities’ attention when she was 16, after her mother reported that she had been missing. A year later, Pereira was arrested miles away on robbery charges in Rio de Janeiro. Remaining poised and displaying intellect throughout the process, Pereira impressed the judge in charge of her case. He was lenient towards her age and character, which, he claimed, showed potential socio-educational reform. He gave Pereira the choice between entering a juvenile reformatory (FEBEM) and working with BOPE in Rio de Janeiro.  Sensing protection for her deviant predisposition, Pereira accepted to become a BOPE criminal informant.

                                 Taina “Caveira” Pereira 【Aesthetic】

November 9th, 2016. I am 20 years old. I am an Asian-American, middle-class, college-educated female. And I just watched my country burn to the ground.

It’s strange to think that our daily lives didn’t stop for this. I still ate lunch, went to work, bought groceries. There is a quiet that wasn’t there before, and a sense that a storm is coming, but that’s it. We will only begin to feel the true detriments of this moment months, maybe years, from now. In less noticeable ways, at first: setbacks in education reform and environmental policies, a conservative Supreme Court, strained foreign relations. But the effects of last night will eventually manifest in higher-than-ever rates of hate crimes and overt discrimination, in increasing failures in our justice system, in a continuation of life below the poverty line, and in many ways we could never imagine.

But what’s most devastating about the results of this election is what it tells us about ourselves: it shows us just how many of the people around us have fallen for the shiny veneer this man coats his destruction in. It tells our children that they are living amongst strangers, neighbors, friends, and family members who believe that violence is tolerable, that hatred is the solution to our problems, and that fear is a necessary tool for a strong leader. We wake this morning, and every morning hereafter, with the knowledge that half our country stomped on our dreams for a better tomorrow and smiled as they did so.

And so the question now becomes “Where do we go from here?” How do we pick ourselves up from the ground we’ve been thrown upon and continue fighting? The fight will be harder now, I assure you—harder now than ever. But it doesn’t mean it isn’t worth fighting. We want equality, justice, peace. An old man sitting in a white house on a hill will never be enough to keep us from those things. But we must love, everywhere and everyday, to keep those things alive. Wish well those who would do you harm; show them there is power in kindness. 

Don’t be discouraged. Know now that you matter, as you always did. Use your voice, and your mind. Everyday, you will be faced with new challenges, and everyday, you will be given the chance to make an impact. Take both in stride, take neither for granted.

Where do we go from here? Forward.


d.e.m. // “The Aftermath of a Nation Failed: A Millennial in Mourning”

*This is not meant to be an attack towards those who voted for Donald Trump, but a voicing of the sadness and hurt felt by myself and many people, today and for a long time to come.

Dozens of people are dying in Mexico and the world doesn't care...

Oaxaca, Mexico. Police are killing innocent people, activists and teachers because they did not agree with the education reform and they decided to protest. And this is not new, but it became really violent this days.
From what I’ve heard… Every day, every night innocent people is dying, either burned or shooted.
Police even cut off all the light, saying that they will “CLEAN”, this means killing people. And “people who dare to get out of their homes to help injured people or get refugees, will get CLEANED too”.
Also, hospitals aren’t allowed to help injured people. This are orders given by the president and the public education secretary. And more, more stuff…

I know some activists have been violent, so police and more preople… But why does the innocent people have to pay? What about the kids who just wanted to go to school? What about all the damage? What about the civlians?

My point is…

Mexico is a really violent country, every day people get killed, or kidnapped. A lot of stuff happens and no one notices. There are a lot of incidents, but this is the first time I wanted to express myself.

Yes, our government sucks, and if we try to do an weaponless march, we get killed. It’s not the first time.
And… Where is the world? Hello? We may not be an “important country”, but our people’s lives matter.
Are we not worth your attention?

Our government and media are trying to silence information so no one can know. Please search and share information about the horrors we’re living in my country everyday, don’t let our people be silenced… Thank you.

(My english sucks I’m sorry, but I needed to say this)

much thanks to taylor @firstwescrvive for reading through this and giving me feedback! bless you <3 

just consider political au with president jaha and probably vice president abby griffin? marcus kane as presidential chief of staff bc he couldn’t run for the actual vp bid because he has two kids from a woman he never married and he’s not particularly likable in the public eye, he often comes off as cold and distant. indra as the secretary of defense, jac sinclair as secretary of energy, charles pike as secretary of state, and press secretary callie cartwig (rumored to have had a brief affair with the chief of staff marcus kane).  thelonius ‘theo’ jaha who is working on a new program (ALIE) that he won’t even tell his vp or chief of staff about (is it military? domestic terrorism? educational. no, it can’t be educational because why would an education reform program need the help of a drop out engineer with a closed cia file? ) but he swears it will get him re-elected. 

and that’s just the arkadia  piece of it. that’s not including nia and her family. nia who, much like marcus, has lost her opportunity to make the presidential run but is building a team with her son and a carefully chosen decorated former military soldier, ontari.  ( but the chief of staff position isn’t elected, it’s appointed and it’s powerful. if roan & ontari make it into the white house, nia could easily become the real force of power ).  bonus points if roan starts to waver on his dedication to his mother’s ambitions and maybe she has to consider talking to lexa, she has to debate running a young, women-led campaign with lexa, someone she can’t control. 

don’t forget political activist group known as  delinquents  whose actions range from very legal, very above the line political protests to some very illegal snooping into government files. they are paralegals and journalists and some of them just students or activists seeking political reform. current project? discovering the truth of whatever the ALIE program is by who is backing it and where its getting its funding. 

consider a political au tho

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I feel like I should help spread the news about the events occurring in Oaxaca, Mexico right now. In Nochixtlan, a small city in the state of Oaxaca, is under military and police attack following teacher-led protests against the privatization of public education and the other harms to the education system. Many teachers, students, parents, townsfolk, and protestors are being hurt, taken away, and murdered. People are being denied treatment in hospitals–most likely a police tactic to suppress the protestors. A member of my family has been killed. 

So far, military aggression has escalated.

The Oaxaca government is corrupt and the education “reforms” in Mexico are hurting the poor and ethnic groups of not just the Mixteca but of all Mexico. With censorship being a thing for Mexican social media, this is my minuscule contribution to raising awareness to the situation.