With state budget in crisis, many Oklahoma schools hold classes four days a week
Ninety-six districts have shortened the school week, nearly triple as many as in 2015.

A deepening budget crisis here has forced schools across the Sooner State to make painful decisions. Class sizes have ballooned, art and foreign-language programs have shrunk or disappeared, and with no money for new textbooks, children go without. Perhaps the most significant consequence: Students in scores of districts are now going to school just four days a week.

The shift not only upends what has long been a fundamental rhythm of life for families and communities. It also runs contrary to the push in many parts of the country to provide more time for learning — and daily reinforcement — as a key way to improve achievement, especially among poor children.

But funding for classrooms has been shrinking for years in this deep-red state as lawmakers have cut taxes, slicing away hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue in what some Oklahomans consider a cautionary tale about the real-life consequences of the small-government approach favored by Republican majorities in Washington and statehouses nationwide.

School districts staring down deep budget holes have turned to shorter weeks in desperation as a way to save a little bit of money and persuade increasingly hard-to-find teachers to take some of the nation’s lowest-paying jobs.

Of 513 school districts in Oklahoma, 96 have lopped Fridays or Mondays off their schedules — nearly triple the number in 2015 and four times as many as in 2013. An additional 44 are considering cutting instructional days by moving to a four-day week in the fall or by shortening the school year, the Oklahoma State School Boards Association found in a survey last month.

“I don’t think it’s right. I think our kids are losing out on education,” said Sandy Robertson, a grandmother of four in Newcastle, a fast-growing rural community set amid wheat and soybean fields south of Oklahoma City. “They’re trying to cram a five-day week into a four-day week.”

Oklahoma is not the only state where more students are getting three-day weekends, a concept that dates to the 1930s. The number is climbing slowly across broad swaths of the rural big-sky West, driven by a combination of austere budgets, fuel-guzzling bus rides and teacher shortages that have turned four-day weeks into an important recruiting tool.

The four-day week is a “contagion,” said Paul Hill, a research professor at the University of Washington Bothell who has studied the phenomenon in Idaho and who worries that the consequences of the shift — particularly for poor kids — are unknown.

But in other states, the Great Recession sparked a spike in the growth of four-day weeks that has since slowed, according to data collected by The Washington Post. Oklahoma stands out for the velocity with which districts have turned to a shorter school week in the past several years, one of the most visible signs of a budget crisis that has also shuttered rural hospitals, led to overcrowded prisons and forced state troopers to abide by a 100-mile daily driving limit.

Democrats helped pass bipartisan income tax cuts from 2004 to 2008. Republicans — who have controlled the legislature since 2009 and governorship since 2011 — have cut income taxes further and also significantly lowered taxes on oil and gas production.

“The problems facing Oklahoma are our own doing. There’s not some outside force that is causing our schools not to be able to stay open,” said state Sen. John Sparks, the chamber’s top Democrat. “These are all the result of a bad public policy and a lack of public-sector investment.

But Gov. Mary Fallin ® said a downturn in the energy sector and a decreasing sales tax revenue have led to several “very difficult budget years.”

The governor said in an email to The Post that she thinks “students are better served by five-day weeks” because moving to four days requires a longer school day. That makes it “hard for students, especially in the early grades, to focus on academic content during the late hours of the day,” she said.

Facing a $900 million budget gap, lawmakers approved a budget Friday that will effectively hold school funding flat in the next year. In Washington, President Trump has proposed significant education cuts that would further strain local budgets.

‘We’ve cut so much for so long’

Few states have schools that are worse off.

Oklahoma’s education spending has decreased 14 percent per child since 2008, according to the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the state in 2014 spent just $8,000 per student, according to federal data. Only Arizona, Idaho and Utah spent less.

“We’ve cut so much for so long that the options just are no longer there,” said Deborah Gist, superintendent in Tulsa, a district that still holds classes five days a week but plans to merge schools and eliminate more than three dozen teaching positions.

This year has been particularly tough, as repeated revenue shortfalls have left districts facing midyear cuts. “I’ve done this job a long time, and this is the hardest I’ve ever had it,” said Tony O’Brien, superintendent of Newcastle schools, which have about 2,300 students.

O’Brien said the schedule change helped Newcastle shave about $110,000 out of its $12 million annual budget, savings that equal more than two teachers. The savings come mostly from shutting off building utilities on Fridays and from using less diesel fuel to run buses. Teacher salaries — the bulk of any district’s cost — didn’t change.

Experts say four-day weeks don’t save much money. In Newcastle and elsewhere, school leaders say the biggest benefit has been attracting and retaining teachers in some of the nation’s lowest-paying jobs.

This is what Austerity looks like.  Police aren’t on patrol, hospitals are shutting down, schools are failing our children.  This is a government so small it isn’t a government anymore.

Myers Briggs Type & Political Affiliation (Old Data)

As you can see, from observing the table, there are a few things that stand out:

  • xSTJs and xNTJs identify as Republican the most.
  • Democrat affiliation is lowest among rational types.
  • Democrats are represented highest among “SF” and “NF” types.ESTJs mostly identify as Republican.
  • INTPs followed by ENTPs identify mostly as Independent.



  • Conservatives believe that individual Americans have a right to defend themselves and their families with guns and that right cannot be taken away by any method short of a Constitutional Amendment. The Second Amendment gives the individual the right to keep and bear arms. Gun control laws do not thwart criminals. You have a right to defend yourself against criminals. More guns mean less crime.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Sensing
    likely in favor by: ISTP, ESTP, ISFP, ESFP
  • Liberals believe by taking arms away from law abiding citizens, they can prevent criminals, who aren’t going to abide by gun control laws, from using guns in the commission of crimes. The Second Amendment gives no individual the right to own a gun, but allows the state to keep a militia (National Guard). Guns kill people. Guns kill children.
    Relevant function: Introverted Intuition
    Likely in favor by: INTJ, INFJ, ENTJ, ENFJ


  • Conservatives believe that we should live in a color blind society where every individual is judged on the content of his character and the merits of his/her actions. People should be admitted to schools and hired for jobs based on their ability. It is unfair to use race as a factor in the selection process. Reverse discrimination is not a solution for racism.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP
  • Liberals believe that it’s okay to discriminate based on race as long as it primarily benefits minority groups. Due to prevalent racism in the past, minorities were deprived of the same education and employment opportunities as whites. We need to make up for that. Support affirmative action based on the belief that America is still a racist society. Minorities still lag behind whites in all statistical measurements of success. Also, the presence of minorities creates diversity.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ


  • Conservatives oppose long-term welfare. We need to provide opportunities to make it possible for poor and low-income workers to become self-reliant. It is far more compassionate and effective to encourage a person to become self-reliant, rather than keeping them dependent on the government for money.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ, INTJ

  • Liberals think that the solution to every problem is another government program. Even when those new programs create new problems, often worse than the ones that were being fixed in the first place, the solution is always….you guessed it, another government program. They support social welfare. They want welfare to provide for the poor. To liberals, conservatives oppose welfare because they are not compassionate toward the poor. We have welfare to bring fairness to American economic life. Without welfare, life below the poverty line would be intolerable.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP


  • Conservatives are capitalists and believe that entrepreneurs who amass great wealth through their own efforts are good for the country and shouldn’t be punished for being successful. The free market system, competitive capitalism, and private enterprise afford the widest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all. Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs and higher standards of living than those systems burdened by excessive government regulation.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Intuition, Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ENTP, ENFP, ENTJ, ESTJ
  • Liberals are socialists who view successful business owners as people who cheated the system somehow or got lucky. That’s why they don’t respect high achievers and see them as little more than piggy banks for their programs. Favor a market system in which government regulates the economy. We need government to protect us against big businesses. Unlike the private sector, the government is motivated by public interest. We need government regulation to level the playing field.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling, Introverted Sensing
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, INFP, ISTJ, ISFJ


  • Conservatives believe that abortion ends the life of an innocent child and since we believe that infanticide is wrong, we oppose abortion. Human life begins at conception. Abortion is the murder of a human being. Nobody has the right to murder a human being. Support legislation to prohibit partial birth abortions, called the “Partial Birth Abortion Ban” (partial birth abortion – the killing of an unborn baby of at least 20 weeks by pulling it out of the birth canal with forceps, but leaving the head inside. An incision is made in the back of the baby’s neck and the brain tissue is suctioned out. The head is then removed from the uterus.)
    Relevant function: Introverted Sensing
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISFJ

  • Liberals, largely believe that abortion ends the life of an innocent child, but they prefer killing the baby to inconveniencing the mother. A fetus is not a human life. The decision to have an abortion is a personal choice of a woman regarding her own body and the government should stay out of it. Women should be guaranteed the right to a safe and legal abortion, including partial birth abortion.
    Relevant function: Introverted Thinking

    Likely in favor by: ISTP, ENTP, INTP, ESTP


  • Conservatives, but not necessarily Republicans (which is unfortunate), believe it’s vitally important to the future of the country to reduce the size of government, keep taxes low, balance the budget, and get this country out of debt. Conservatives believe that government, by its very nature, tends to be inefficient, incompetent, wasteful, and power hungry. That’s why we believe that the government that governs least, governs best.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ, INTJ

  • Liberals, and Democrats for that matter, believe in big government, high taxes, and they have never met a new spending program they didn’t like, whether we will have to go into debt to pay for it or not.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ


  • Conservatives believe the phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution. The First Amendment to the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This prevents the government from establishing a national church. However, it does not prevent God from being acknowledged in schools and government buildings. Oppose the removal of symbols of Christian heritage from public and government spaces. Government should not interfere with religion and religious freedom.
    Relevant function: Introverted Sensing
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISFJ

  • Liberals, most of them anyway, are hostile to Christianity. That’s why, whether you’re talking about a school play at Christmas time, a judge putting the Ten Commandments on the wall of his court, or a store employee saying “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays,” liberals are dedicated to driving reminders of Christianity from polite society. They support the separation of church and state. Religious expression has no place in government. Support the removal of all references to God in public and government spaces.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP


  • Conservatives believe the death penalty is a punishment that fits the crime; it is neither ‘cruel’ nor ‘unusual’. Executing a murderer is the appropriate punishment for taking an innocent life.
    Relevant function: Introverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ISTP, ENTP, INTP, ESTP

  • Liberals believe we should abolish the death penalty. The death penalty is inhumane and is ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment. It does not deter crime. Imprisonment is the appropriate punishment. Every execution risks killing an innocent person.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP


  • Conservatives advocate for school vouchers to give all parents the right to choose good schools for their children, not just those who can afford private schools. Parents (who pay the taxes that fund the schools) should decide how and where to educate their child.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP

  • Liberals believe School vouchers are untested experiments. We need to focus on more funding for existing public schools -to raise teacher salaries and reduce class size.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ


  • Conservatives desire clean water, clean air and a clean planet, just like everyone else. However, extreme environmental policies destroy jobs and damage the economy. Changes in global temperatures are natural over long periods of time. So far, science has not shown that humans can affect permanent change to the earth’s temperature.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Sensing
    likely in favor by: ISTP, ESTP, ISFP, ESFP

  • Liberals believe Conservatives don’t care about protecting the environment. Industrial growth harms the environment. Global warming is caused by an increased production of carbon dioxide. The U.S. is a major contributor to global warming because it produces 25% of the world’s carbon dioxide. The U.S. should enact laws to significantly reduce that amount.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ, INTJ


  • Conservatives believe that free healthcare provided by the government (socialized medicine) means that everyone will get the same poor-quality healthcare. The rich will continue to pay for superior healthcare, while all others will receive poor-quality free healthcare from the government. Health care should remain privatized. Support Healthcare Spending Accounts.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ, INTJ

  • Liberals support universal government-supervised health care. There are millions of Americans who can’t afford health insurance. They are being deprived of a basic right to healthcare.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ


  • Conservatives support legal immigration at current numbers, but do not support illegal immigration. Government should enforce immigration laws. Oppose President Bush’s amnesty plan for illegal immigrants. Those who break the law by entering the U.S. illegally should not have the same rights as those who obey the law by entering legally. If there were a decrease in cheap, illegal immigrant labor, employers would have to substitute higher priced domestic employees, legal immigrants, or perhaps increase mechanization.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Sensing
    likely in favor by: ISTP, ESTP, ISFP, ESFP

  • Liberals support legal immigration and increasing the number of legal immigrants permitted to enter the U.S. each year. Support blanket amnesty for current illegal immigrants. Believe that regardless of how they came to the U.S., illegal immigrants deserve: – U.S. government financial aid for college tuition. – visas for spouse/children to come to the U.S. Families shouldn’t be separated. Illegal immigrants do the jobs that Americans do not want to do.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ


  • Conservatives insist that marriage is between one man and one woman. Opinions differ on support for the creation of a constitutional amendment establishing marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Believe that requiring citizens to sanction same-sex relationships violates moral and religious beliefs of millions of Christians, Jews, Muslims and others who believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
    Relevant function: Introverted Sensing
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISFJ

  • Liberals believe marriage should be legal for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples to ensure equal rights for all. All individuals, regardless of their sex, have the right to marry. Believe that prohibiting same-sex citizens from marrying denies them of their civil rights. Opinions differ on whether this issue is equal to civil rights for African Americans.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ


  • Conservatives believe the current Social Security system is in serious financial trouble. Changes are necessary because the U.S. will be unable to maintain the current system it in the future. Support proposal to allow a portion of Social Security dollars withheld to be put into an account chosen by the individual, not the government.
    Relevant function: Introverted Intuition
    Likely in favor by: INTJ, INFJ, ENTJ, ENFJ
  • Liberals generally oppose change to the current Social Security system. Opinions vary on whether the current system is in financial trouble. Changing the current system will cause people to lose their Social Security benefits. Support a cap on Social Security payments to the wealthy.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP


  • Conservatives support lower taxes and a smaller government. Lower taxes create more incentive for people to work, save, invest, and engage in entrepreneurial endeavors. Money is best spent by those who earn it.
    Relevant function: Introverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ISTP, ENTP, INTP, ESTP

  • Liberals support higher taxes and a larger government. High taxes enable the government to do good and create jobs. We need high taxes for social welfare programs, to provide for the poor. We can’t afford to cut taxes.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ, INTJ

(Note: Please keep in mind that this research was conducted over a decade ago. The above table is taken from a U.S. sample of 3000 people. It was part of data collected when Consulting Psychologists’ Press revised the MBTI in 1998. Political affiliation and mbti type was among the survey questions.)

On Urban Farming

So urban farming has taken off lately, among a certain set of people. I’ve been seeing posts railing against lawn culture, offering up pictures of these gorgeously cool traditional vegetable gardens and trellises and vertical gardens and pot gardens and all sorts of combinations thereof and it’s uplifting and solarpunk and really really cool. And I’m here to say that it can be everything it’s promised to be. Five or six years ago, my parents tore up their front lawn and made it into a garden. It’s been amazing - they get troops of old ladies coming up and ringing the doorbell asking for a tour, passersby stopping to stare and smile, little kids looking covetously at the raspberries that my dad always comes out to offer them. (Sometimes he also uses them to get rid of salespeople, but that’s another story.) In peak season, we get fresh tomatoes, potatoes, beets, carrots, peppers, onions, cucumbers, and squash, and that’s off the top of my head and not including the berry bushes we have as hedges and the lovingly-tended fruit trees in the back yard. My parents haven’t darkened the door of a grocery store produce section in more than a month at the moment I’m typing this. It’s fantastic.


My parents are teachers. They get reliable weekends and two months off during peak growing season. They also have a very comfortable middle-class salary (our teachers aren’t in quite the straits salary-wise that they find themselves in south of the border) that means they could afford, at the outset, to hire the labour necessary to get the garden started - I believe Bobcats were involved. And, last but not least, they’re gardeners. If you make the mistake of commenting to my mother that the garden must be a lot of work, she looks at you blankly and informs you that she wouldn’t do it if it were work to her. But if you aren’t a bred-in-the-bones gardener, chances are you’d hate it. I grew up the child of two bred-in-the-bones gardeners and it isn’t a commitment I’d want to make. There’s rototilling and fertilizing and digging and planting and covering and watering and more digging and thinning and weeding (and weeding and weeding and weeding), and then there’s even more digging and picking and washing and chopping and freezing if you want to make sure you get to keep what you’ve grown, otherwise it’s just as wasteful as a lawn anyway - after all, you’ve put all that water into it. My parents had to buy an entire new freezer to store all their produce, and while that sounds great (and it is), it also presupposes that they could afford to buy a new freezer.

What I’m trying to get at here is that if you want to do this urban farming thing that everyone’s so adamant about, you have to have the time, and if you don’t have the disposable income you have to have a lot more time, at least at the outset, and also hope your back holds out for the duration. And lawns aren’t a symbol of the kind of immense wealth they used to be - you kind of just inherit them if you buy a house. A house, mind you - not a castle or a mansion. Lawns have moved down the ranks into the firmly middle-class. Decrying lawn culture is all very well as it goes, but holding up urban farming as the universal solution is, to my way of thinking, disingenuous. Time is money, and not everyone with a lawn is rich.

…All that said, talk to me about solar panels.

Top 10 Facts Of The Day (March 24, 2017)

10. Volkswagen was sued by Czechoslovakian car maker Tatra before WWII because the original Beetle was so similar to the Tatra T97. After Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938 the lawsuit was cancelled by the Nazis. 

9. When Paris fell to the Nazis in 1940, French soldiers cut the elevator cables to the Eiffel Tower. This meant that if Hitler wanted to hoist a swastika flag, they would have to climb hundreds of stairs to get to the top.

8. Carlsberg beer used to have a Swastika (as a symbol of purity) in its logo. They removed it in 1940 after the Nazi’s appropriated it.

7. When men don’t masturbate for 7 days their testosterone levels increase by 45.7%.

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Today a student asked if I had an iPhone charger, and I held up my frayed, shitty one that I keep in my classroom as a back up for my own phone. It only works about half the time so I just told her that it doesn’t work, sorry.

Without missing a beat, another student looked at my frayed, shitty iPhone charger and said, “Teacher salary be like” and I fucking lost it.

Well played, kid.

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for minimum wage. That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That …would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to……… 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 ½ hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET’S SEE…. That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 ½ hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute – there’s something wrong here! There sure is!
The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!
Heaven forbid we take into account highly qualified teachers or NCLB…

Make a teacher smile; re-post this to show appreciation 💖 all you out there!

Standing up for our children’s educators.

Being a teacher is no easy task. I had to repost this. Thank you teachers for all your hard work!

mercurialmalcontent says:

Somehow I don’t think harassing an employee running a tumblr account is good praxis. It sure isn’t doing shit but making a bunch of blowhards feel good about ~sticking it to the man~ in a laughably pointless way. And - “Propaganda aimed at children”? That’s unusually pearl-clutchy of you.

It isn’t about harassing a marketer who makes more money at entry level than a high school teacher, although that’s a nice bonus - it’s about the shares and the notes the post gets afterwards.  The same way the marketer saying the nice thing to the person on twitter wasn’t meant to alter the target’s opinion specifically, but the opinion of everybody who saw the exchange.  I think it’s a fair thing for the target to use the marketer as a means to advertise their ideology, since the marketer’s entire job is to rope civilians into advertising the company’s.

The way I see it is this: the country I live in is very bad at spotting bullshit.  The fact that we live day to day in an environment completely saturated with paid-for bullshit does not help. The level of critical thinking we display when a huckster rocks up to our collective door demonstrates to me that the average person is not wise to this stuff, and that it’s not harmless. Demonstrating pushback against people who lie to us for money is modeling good behavior. Saying “won’t somebody think of the poor marketers” - for whom, I want to remind you, dealing with a hostile public is part of the job, what they get those nice teacher+ salaries for - strikes me as a profoundly strange response to people doing what they can to hold their place against the tidal ooze of bullshit.

青年和就業: Young people and finding employment

haha deep ironies of me deciding to type this up while being anxious about 畢業後… anyway, so for awhile up until 1994 jobs in China were assigned to postgrads rather than the current job hunt sort of situation people in the states are more familiar with. 有利有弊, and obviously more complicated than that, but here’s some vocab for you to get into it, and also to discuss your own future/life:

  • 畢業生/毕业生 bìyè shēng —  graduate (the noun)
  • 億/亿 yì —  hundred million (100,000,000)
  • 專業/专业 zhuānyè — major, specialty
  • 單位/单位 dānwèi — work position
  • 搶/抢 qiǎng — to vie with each other
  • 統一/统一 tǒngyī — unify, unified, integrate
  • 分配 fēnpèi — distribute, allocate, assign
  • 制度 zhìdù — system, institution
  • 改革 gǎigé — to reform, reform
  • 雙向/双向 shuāngxiàng — two-way selection (vs. 單向 one-way)
  • 月薪 yuèxīn — monthly pay
  • 擇優錄用/择优录用 zéyōu lùyòng — enroll/select only the outstanding
  • 淘汰 táotài — to be sifted out, eliminated through competition (often used with 被) 
  • 明顯/明显 míngxiǎn — obviously, evident
  • 相差 xiāngchà — to differ
  • 倍 bèi — fold, times (as in, “three times as many”)
  • 臨時工/临时工 línshí gōng — temporary worker
  • 合同工 hétónggōng — contract worker
  • 期限 qíxiàn — time limit, deadline
  • 職業/职业 zhíyè — job, occupation
  • 安定 āndìng — stable, secure
  • 假期 jiàqī — vacation 
  • 看重 kànzhòng — to pay attention to, regard as important 


听说中国大学毕业生是统一分配的, 叫你去哪你就只好去哪儿。
tīng shuō zhōngguó dàxué bìyè shēng shì tǒngyī fēnpèi de, jiào nǐ qù nǎ nǐ jiù zhǐhǎo qù nǎ'er.
I heard Chinese graduates are uniformly assigned jobs, they tell you to go somewhere and you have to go. (只好, an adverb for “have to, be forced to” can be less intense and more situational “no other option.”)

A: 在美國大學畢業生是否都能找到工作?
Zài měiguó dàxué bìyè shēng shìfǒu dōu néng zhǎodào gōngzuò?
In the U.S. can all graduates find a job?

B: 找工作的競爭很激烈,尤其是熱門的專業,不過大部分的畢業生找得到。
Zhǎo gōngzuò de jìngzhēng hěn jīliè, yóuqí shì rèmén de zhuānyè, bùguo dà bùfèn de bìyè shēng zhǎodedào.
The competition for finding a job is very fierce, especially for popular majors, still the majority of graduates are able to find a job.

C: 为什么你想当老师?老师的薪水真的不高!
Wèishéme nǐ xiǎng dāng lǎoshī? Lǎoshī de xīnshuǐ zhēn de bù gāo!
Why do you want to be a teacher? The salary is really not high!

D: 高不高不是重要,我的目的不是赚钱,是有很长的假期!
Gāo bù gāo bùshì zhòngyào, wǒ de mùdì bùshì zhuànqián, shì yǒu hěn zhǎng de jiàqī!
High or not isn’t important, my goal isn’t to make money, it’s to have a long vacation! 

As always, clunky literal translation to make grammar clearer, of my own imperfect examples, and obvs don’t be a teacher because you want long vacations. Since the examples have pinyin I figured you could handle just traditional/simplified in the interests of brevity. lmk if you have any questions (about this or something else)~ 


This is an idea that should be passed around.
Let’s see if  Congress understands what people pressure is all about.
Salary of retired US Presidents … . .… …. . $180,000 FOR LIFE.
Salary of House/Senate members … . .… . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid
Salary of Speaker of the House … . .… . . $223,500 FOR LIFE. This is really stupid
Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders …… . . $193,400 FOR LIFE. Stupid
Average Salary of a teacher … … .… …. $40,065
Average Salary of a deployed Soldier …… .. $38,000
Here’s where the cuts should be made!
TRUMP, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
“I could end the deficit in five minutes,“ he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election”.
The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure. President Trump is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2017
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.
2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It’s time!
Pass it on.

anonymous asked:

Can you rumbelle 'Matilda'?

I’m gonna totally intrude in @phoenixfeatherquill‘s Swanfire Matilda AU

“Sorry they slammed the door in your face, Miss French. They aren’t really my parents, though.”

She didn’t want Miss Belle to think she was related to the Wormwoods. To them she was just a monthly check and a lot of unwanted trouble.

“It’s okay, Emma, really. I just wanted to drop off this book for you.”

Even though Emma hadn’t been around any first editions in her life it was easy for her to recognise the Little Dorrit Miss Belle put in her hands as one. Taking into account she was a teacher living on a teacher’s salary the book was likely to be one of the few things she’d taken from her childhood home before leaving it forever. She clasped the book to her chest, thinking no one had ever loved her enough to give her something like this.

“I’ll guard it with my life.”

one time in my old school there was this teacher, who always made mysogynistic remarks. so in one lesson he basically explained to us how he thinks that it is fair that women are paid less because men work way harder anyways and men always have to pay for women like at dinner or a bar. we said that women don’t ask for drinks in bars but in fact men just do it because they think it is a free ticket for having sex with the woman (they paid the drink for) and also that LGBs (lesbian, gay and bisexuals) are completely left out then. he said that being a homosexual is gross anyways, a sin and society shouldn’t care about “them”.

some weeks later he told the school he had a disease, which he did not name, and about 2 months later the school found out that he was actually on vacation, just saying he was really sick. 

so this female teacher, who disliked him, told us, his excuse was that his wife had left him and he didn’t know what to do, he was “scared of getting depressed”. the school reacted on it really bad (gladly) and cancelled all the raises he got in the past years, leaving him with the same salary a teacher fresh off the university gets.

when we asked him why his wife had left him (one guy said “despite the obvious reasons”) he said that his wife had met her on a convention. we all remained silent until he kinda made this indefinable sigh-cry saying “she earns more than I used to” 

and I think that is when I first knew karma was real

anonymous asked:

Practically jealous when I see you how well your relationship with your family is. Me, here at twenty four my mum considers me an ingrate for not paying her back of all the sacrifices she's done for me as a single parent. I try my best to get by on a teacher's salary and my own physical and mental health. When I try to talk she considers me impudent since she thinks she will always have the best and final thoughts about everything. Sorry to drop this off on you. I just want to let it out

Awww, sorry nonnie. I know I’m pretty lucky although every family has its issues. We’ve had some blowouts. But at the end of the day, we try to stick together. I mean, you’re lucky in life if you have a loyal friend or two and a semi-functional family. I appreciate what I’ve got, especially as I get older.

Another thing I’ve realized as I get older is that people tend to come at you based on what’s going on with them, not necessarily anything you’ve actually done. And that helps me let shit slide when people get out of pocket. That may be your mom’s deal. There’s stuff going on with her that probably has nothing to do with you. Her issues probably pre-date you. And all that baggage impacts how she interacts with you. Maybe a part of her resents you. Y’know maybe you’ve had different or better opportunities than her. Maybe you grew up with more than she did. And in return she wants you to think better of her than the rest of this cold cruel world. She wants you to be her safe place. She wants you to value her. I bet it’s something like that. I’d bet all of her loves you, too. Some people just struggle to show it.

Be easy on both of you. It is what it is. So here comes that advice I heard on the Oprah show once: Sometimes you can’t change a thing. But you can change how you feel about it. Your relationship with your mom may not be ideal. You can still learn and grow and be enriched by it, though. Change how you feel about it.

I know you didn’t ask for my opinion, but you know how I do. I can’t help myself! LOL No harm or judgment intended. Feel free to tell me to fuck off. Be well and thanks again for the kind words.   


While you were debating #TeacherBae, here are the issues really plaguing Atlanta schools

Patrice Brown is a 4th grade teacher in Atlanta whose curvy physique and  wardrobe has gone viral and sparked #TeacherBae, an ongoing non-debate over what is and isn’t appropriate for women educators to wear at work.

It’s a non-debate because Brown’s wardrobe isn’t actually the problem. Her clothes cover her body and seem meet Atlanta Public Schools employee dress code. 

The real problem is people’s apparent inability to see Brown’s body in clothing that fits and not think about sex. 

Brown has become “overwhelmed” by he national attention and closed her Instagram account. "I just wish they would respect me and focus on the positive and what truly matters — which is educating the children of the future generations and providing and caring for them,“ Brown told the Daily Dot. She might be thinking about some of these issues:

1. Georgia’s proposed “Opportunity School District” is threatening local control of schools.

In November, Georgians will vote on Amendment 1 which would create one state-wide school district under control of an “education czar.” Critics say it will wrest control of schooling away from local communities and silence parents and teachers.

2. Starting salaries for Atlanta public school teachers aren’t exactly enticing.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the average starting salary for a public school teacher in the metro Atlanta area is $44,312. In a city where a fairly-priced two-bedroom apartment costs almost $1,000 a month, that’s technically affordable, but doesn’t leave a lot of breathing room — especially if said teacher needs wants to start, and house, a family.

3. The school-to-prison pipeline affects students across Georgia.

Across the state of Georgia, black children comprise 37% of public school students but 67% of those suspended and 64% of those expelled. In Atlanta, black children are slightly less than 80% of enrolled students, but 94% of those who are suspended.

4. We desperately need teachers exactly like Brown, now more than ever.

gross teacher ramblings that i’ll want 2 save for later:

so MPS teachers median salary is ~54,000$ a year which is like. fine whatever . if i spend 30% of that on rent (which is what is suggested ya know) it is ~16,000 which means i can spend ~1350 on rent Per Month which is entirely way more than i anticipated so i am feelin Good! about this! i can definitely afford a 1 bedroom apartment or loft and most likely a 2 if i’m feelin it! woohoo!

15 Mind-Blowing Facts That You Should Read (Part 145)

1. brilliant mathematician Paul Erdös took amphetamines daily to fuel his intensive work schedule. A concerned friend bet he couldn’t quit. He went cold turkey for 30 days to prove he wasn’t an addict and then started up again saying “you’ve set mathematics back by a month.”

2.  There is a New York City hot dog vendor who pays $289,000/year for his location.

3. In 2013, someone hacked the Emergency Alert System in Montana. They sent out an alert that the “dead bodies are rising from their graves and attacking the living.” Several people believed it and called 911.

4.  Megan Fox cannot ride a motorcycle, so when she shot her riding scenes someone had to…

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Fic: Cupid’s Weekend (1/?)

A Chris Evans fanfic

Summary: Chris plans a weekend away to celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together.

Warnings: Fluff, language

Note: Sorry about all the angst that’s been taking over my brain. I promised fluff, and fluff you have here! Thank you so much for reading!! xx

Dedicated to @raveviolet and @toc1985. :)

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The journey to Stratton Mountain for their Valentine’s getaway weekend was an adventure in itself. On a dry day, the hike from Boston to Southern Vermont’s highest peak was an average of two and a half hours. During a nor’easter? Five hours and forty-eight minutes. But who was counting?

“We made it!” Chris hollered, palm smacking down on the hood of the car. He breathed in the fresh, chilly air and welcomed the tranquil sounds of the nature that surrounded them.

“Jesus, I’m alive and in one piece,” Natalia groaned as she got out of the passenger side, stretching out her achy limbs. “I was so sure skiing was out of the fucking question when we hit that stupid detour.”

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