why your education is too expensive

My thoughts is Beauty and The Beast

•I want a Harry Potter and B&TB crossover
• Belle’s singing is so pretty!
•"I need a dozen eggs! THATS TO EXPENSIVE!“
•Gaston is the creepy jackass he’s always been
•LeFou “Its not gunna happen ladies.” *walks off like a badass* THATS MA BOI
•"It’s just a little snow….. In June….“
•Phillip is a good boy
•Belle teaching that girl how to read. So pure.
•LeFou “A certain damsel is in distress…”
Gaston *looking in the mirror lustfully* “I’m not done with you yet.” *runs off to Belle*
LeFou *looks at the same mirror after Gaston leaves* “Neither am I…”
Me 😏 “What’s that mean LeFou?”
•Chip scaring Belle’s father.
•And his reaction: “Oh…. That-that’s quite alright…”*Runs away like a madman*
• I love Mrs. Potts! She’s so adorable
• #CandelDustShipping
•LeFou is the best wingman, I mean he started an entire song to cheer Gaston up.
•Gaston is still a creepy jackass tho…
•LeFou *Wraps Gastons Arms around him* "Too much?” Gaston “Yep.” •Hey LeFou, how’d you get that bite mark on your tum-tum? And why is it so low…? 😏
•LeFou’s face when Gaston picks him up
• Lefou not knowing how to spell Gaston’s name
•Belle’s father trying to find their way by using his arm to simulate the tree falling over
•"Think back to the war. Blood, explosions, widows…“
•Gaston *punches Belle’s father*
Lefou “I knew that was going to happen….”
•"I had an expensive education.“
•Beast "Some of them are in Greek”
Belle “Was that a joke? Are you making jokes now?”
Beast *hesitant* “……Yes…”*walks away*
•The Beast nailing Belle in the face with a giant snowball
• The Beast reading a romance and Belle calling him out on it
•Haggatha saving Belle’s father
• LeFou feeling guilty about leaving Belle’s father to the wolves
•Gaston practically seducing LeFou so he would lie about the whole “Leaving Belle’s father to the wolves” thing
•That Beast make-up scene
•The entire dance scene was so beautiful…..
•"He needs a hospital not an asylum!“
•Belle showing the mirror to Gaston so he could see the Beast and Gaston making it seem like she’s under a dark spell so the people will believe him and not her
• "I feel like the wrong monsters have been released….”
• LeFou “Aww…. You must be the talking tea cup. And you must be his grandmother!”
•THAT FIGHT SCENE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
•LeFou *gets stuck under the piano guy* “Gaston! Help!”
Gaston being the jackass he is “Sorry LeFou. It’s hero time.”
LeFou *visibly hurt and betrayed*
Piano guy “Owch….”
• LeFou *saves Mrs. Potts from falling and beats some guys up with her help*
Mrs. Potts “Why are you helping us now?”
LeFou “Well, I used to be on Gaston’s side, but we’re on some bad terms now so…”
Mrs. Potts “You’re to good for him anyway.”
• The guy that loved that makeover he got was just amazing. HE LOOKED SO HAPPY!!!!!!!
•The Beast yelling Belle’s name when he sees her again
•The entire roof fight scene
•Gaston *falls to his death after the bridge crumbles beneath him*
• Hagatha was the entrancetrice all along!? *le gasp* It totally wasn’t obvious the entire time!
•LeFou *Dancing with a man during the dance and both of them being really happy*

as a trans man coming onto the dawn of my 20’s i become more and more frustrated with a childhood i should have had but did not get to have -

things that were completely commonplace and normal for every child weren’t there for me. i felt isolated from other girls, othered and unable to connect with them on many subjects, while boys saw me as something strange, something foreign, an exciting oddity, i was never quite one of them and never invited to any guy parties except as a prop or someone to sit on the sidelines and not really take part in anything, i was someone for them to dump their problems with women on with the expectation i would give them advice or help THEM because i was ‘really a woman’ and had 'special insight’.

i was dealing with drug addiction at the age of 15, i was dealing with hospitalizations and depression and i was never allowed to just BE and when i tried, really tried, i was never allowed to just enjoy things without people having something to say about it, to make it political, to make my existence something for them to benefit from and not me, to inject their 'opinions’ i never asked for, about my body, about my mind, about my life, about my choices, about my sins.

it was expected of me to speak up constantly about gender and nothing else in class discussions and not to have any interests that defined me as a person BUT gender, i was supposed to be everyone’s teacher as a CHILD, but i was never encouraged to live life like a normal kid or to be accepted like one or to be able to not have to do anything for anyone else.

and on top of that, being gay, i never fit in anywhere. i am so afraid and always have been that i can never live my life as a man the way i want to and i can never just exist. to this day my life is something people are always seeking education from at my expense and my freetime - i try to exist as a gay man, every person on grindr expects me to teach them everything when all i want to do is make friends and go on dates, it never ends, no matter where i go, i am isolated and expected to only socialize with people 'just like me’.

teach your damn selves, i never had a childhood and you’re not taking my damn adulthood too. it’s not my job to dedicate my life to helping you all understand why i exist. it’s not my job to make you feel better, to feel like you achieved something by having the energy to LISTEN to me like you should’ve already been doing when i was a kid lost and alone and miserable.

because you are all the reason i was never able to have a normal life, why i was always ashamed and horrified at myself, why i wanted to die, why i isolated myself, why it took my years and years to find resources describing why i felt this way, and i’m not your personal FUCKING google. i’m done doing that for people and i’m done playing nice and gentle and patient educator with all of you. i am a person and you aren’t taking that away from me anymore! thanks!

anonymous asked:

Could you possibly elaborate on the whole "Farkle discovering the patriarchy" situation? Thank you ever so much.

omfg okay do I need to put a warning for ~biological feminine situations~ or can people be mature? They can? Rad.

I’m setting this in 10th grade but before Farkle and Riley start dating.

  • Okay so it’s a normal Saturday night, Farkle’s home alone and is just chilling on his laptop. It’s like…Maybe 8:30
  • He was alone on a Saturday because The Flannels were on some away game or something and Riley and Maya had the Matthews’ apartment to themselves allll weekend and made a big deal about having a Girls Weekend
  • So suddenly he gets a text from Riley right
  • “How much do you love us??”
  • So he just sighs and responds “What are you gonna make me do now?” because the girls only use that line when they want something lol
  • “MASSIVE EMERGENCY. CODE RED. My whole family is gone.”
  • “Yeah, I know, that’s why you’re having a girls night???”
  • “Literally what are you talking about?”
  • “Code Red??? Periods, dumbass. We have been caught off guard and are now trapped and dying. Can you run to the drugstore for us?”
  • “NO???”
  • “Maya says to tell you that if you don’t save us she’ll come to your house and free bleed on everything you love.”
  • “If she can get to my house she can get to a CVS???”
  • “FARKLE.”
  • “RILEY.”
  • “You were so much more chivalrous in middle school.”
  • “12 year old me would’ve fainted in the tampon isle and you know it.”
  • “Farkle I cannot just bleed all over my house all weekend. Be the hero I know you are.”
  • “Ugh”
  • “We’ll let you sleepover and stay for girls weekend??? We have the ability to order you a pizza with banana peppers and extra garlic right now.”
  • “If you’re trying to bribe me right now then I better be receiving a DAMN GOOD mani-pedi in the morning.”
  • “Of course! So you’ll do it???”
  • “I’m literally already halfway to the drugstore calm down woman I left the second you said Code Red😂😂😂😂“
  • “Wait what??? Then why were you pretending you weren’t gonna help???”
  • “Because now I’m getting pizza and a mani-pedi??😂“
  • “…I hate you but Maya seems to be more grudgingly impressed.”
  • “I tend to have that effect on a lot of people.”
  • “Asshole.”
  • “She says to the boy who’s supposedly saving her life. Okay, are there like specifics I need to look for here or…?”
  • So she gives him the specifics bc Maya likes tampons but Riley feels safer in pads because everyone is different~
  • Okay so Farkle gets to the store and he’s looking for the isle right
  • And he finds it and
  • “wtf Riley why are these boxes like 10 bucks each???”
  • “Oh don’t worry Farkle we’ll pay you back when you get here!!”
  • “No??? You will not??? Omfg do you actually have to spend $10 dollars every month on pressed cotton or whatever it is???”
  • “Actually I usually go through two packs each month so $20. But I can just get the other pack later it’s fine.”
  • “…Farkle darling calm down.”
  • “I am calm but???? This is so dumb????”
  • “Listen I fully agree with that sentiment but if you could hurry up a little that’d be great??”
  • Except now our young Minkus is looking around the rest of the ~Lady Aisle~
  • And he’s seeing all the razors and shampoo and conditioner and shave gel and deodorant and everything else and he’s like…wtf
  • “Riley was is EVERYTHING so overpriced in this aisle????”
  • “Because it’s the women’s aisle???? Our lives are overpriced????”
  • “But???? WHY????”
  • “Bruh did you really not know about this???”
  • “Is this a common thing holy shit??”
  • “Why?”
  • “Possibly???? I don’t know????”
  • “Why am I only noticing this weird pricing now tho???”
  • “You’re a white boy who’s part of the 1% sweetie the patriarchy exists for you.”
  • “oh????”
  • “But no babe it’s always been like this???”
  • “Like?? Everything is cheaper in the men’s aisle how does that make sense to anyone??”
  • “IT DOESN’T”
  • “THEN WHY????”
  • “SEXISM.”
  • “Those tampons you’re buying are taxed too”
  • “HOW????”
  • “They’re viewed as a luxury product or something idk man.”
  • “WHY THEN”
  • And then Riley is just telling him all this shitty stuff and Farkle is just standing in this aisle in a drug store getting his ass educated and he’s getting more and more frustrated and pissed off omfg
  • Like people walking down the aisle are lowkey getting afraid they just see this 15 year old boy texting furiously fast with a huge scowl on his face and sometimes his eyebrows will shoot up in surprise only to quickly knit themselves back together in anger
  • Riley’s listing everything she and Maya can think of he’s standing there for like 10 minutes omfg
  • “How much underwear can you get with $50???”
  • “Like???? A lot???? Packs of 5 only cost like 3 bucks????”
  • “I went to Arie the other day with a $50 gift card and I was able to purchase exactly 1 bra and 2 pairs of underwear.”
  • “W H A T.”
  • “EXACTLY.”
  • Maya and Riley are just. screaming back at home bc finally someone is getting this
  • But eventually it gets to a point where they gotta be “Kay Farkle we sent you out 20 minutes ago we REALLY need the stuff now”
  • “Honey I know and when you get here we can scream about it in person and then Maya and I can give you all different examples of patriarchal capitalism and the 3 of us can spend the night in blissful righteous fury like we were always meant to I promise but please calm down enough to buy the goods??”  
  • “What else can there be besides what you’ve spent the last 10 minutes ranting to me about holy shit???”
  • “Like…They make girls pants with fake pockets so they can sell us handbags.”
  • “…FUCK.”
  • “Maya and I can think of more examples while you’re on your way here okay pumpkin? Will that make you feel better?”
  • “What would make me feel better is knowing my two best friends don’t have to overpay because of their gender???”
  • “Well, hate to break it to you honey, but that’s been going on for a while. For literally all women. I’m sure the pay gap doesn’t help the situation either.”
  • “PAY GAP???”
  • “Oh HONEY.”
  • And now Riley’s just sending a barrage of texts like “Farkly take a deep breathe”, “Sweetheart just hurry up okay” stuff like that but he’s not even opening them this is the first time he has like 6 ignored texts from Riley Matthews but now he’s busy
  • He gets what he came here for- and grabs two extra boxes so he could save them a later trip like Riley mentioned- and now he’s rushing around the store right
  • He gets like 3 cartons of ice cream omfg cookie dough and mint chocolate chip and vanilla. He grabs a box of tissues and a DVD of ‘The Proposal’ on sale
  • He gets a big bag of m&m’s, a huge Hershey’s Special Dark bar, and a couple packs of those over priced Pepperidge Farm dark chocolate chip cookies omfg
  • He also gets some motrin and a 2 liter bottle of that super sugary blue raspberry soda that looks like it’s 98% percent chemicals and is the girls’ guilty pleasure
  • Slams it all down at the register and it’s a girl ringing him up, she looks like she’s maybe 20, she just sees all this and sees the anger in Farkle’s eye’s and smiles sadly and nods at him omfg
  • He nods back as he takes his bags and she fucking salutes him as he walks out of the store
  • Okay so the girls are in the apartment desperately texting Farkle because the food they ordered just got here and they can’t keep it up with the toilet paper stuffing much longer they have to change that shit every few minutes
  • Suddenly Riley gets a text from Farkle and she’s hoping it’s gonna say ‘buzz me up’ but instead:
  • So they’re screaming in panic because their pet dork was in trouble and they can’t help???
  • “F U C K”
  • “I KNOW”
  • He’s rushing to the apartment and sure he’s shaken up but he’s laughing. Riley’s staring at his messages with her mouth hanging open in shock and Maya’s on the floor laughing omfg
  • Riley turns to Maya and starts to say “He’s gotta be joking about this, right?” when immediately Farkle kicks the door open
  • His jacket is ripped and his hairs messed up. His nose is bleeding looks broken and there are a few small cuts the look like they definitely could’ve come from a knife omfg
  • But he puffs out his fucking chest and tosses all the bags onto the couch and just yells “I. P R O V I D E.”
  • The girls are shrieking with hysterics omfg
  • Once they get situated so they’re no longer free bleeding they try to clean Farkle up a little bit and Maya makes a crack like “This is what happens when you become aware of the patriarchy” omg
  • They’re also extremely grateful for everything he went out of his way to buy and are trying to pay him back and he’s not hearing it omfg
  • “Farkle this bill goes over 100 dollars we’re paying you back” “If you try I’d just use the money to buy you more shit okay leave it alone.”
  • They finally give up lol
  • They can’t get his nose to stop bleeding tho and suddenly Riley gasps in realization and throws a fucking tampon at him
  • He groans but finds it actually works quite well
  • Maya took a picture of him and he flipped off the camera lol
  • Okay so Riley’s like ‘scream about patriarchal capitalism now or later?’  and they look at the giant mountain of food they have- the girls ordered two pizzas, cheesy bread, and garlic knots, plus everything Farkle had brought lol.
  • Farkle just sighs and says “Pass me the Goddamn cheesy bread and get Ryan Reynolds beautiful face on the television pronto, it’s been a long fucking night.”
  • “Sweetheart it’s been, like, 40 minutes…”
  • “Long. Fucking. Night.”
  • So they settle in for a night trying to relax while watching romcoms and eating way more than they should lol
  • Maya gets all the screenshots of Riley’s convo with Farkle and jokingly posts them, and the picture of him she took, online and titles it ‘Farkle Minkus Discovers The Patriarchy And Immediately Gets Mugged’ lmao
  • She puts her phone away for the rest of the night and doesn’t think about it again as she and her two best friends cuddle with each other and try to eat themselves to death
  • So the next morning Riley and Maya are doing all their Girls Day activities they already planned- spa, movies, mani-pedis, they were trying to be super cliché you know- except now they have Farkle with them lol
  • They don’t mind having him there at all and as worked up as he got last night, some relaxation could potentially save his life rn
  • So like halfway throughout the day, they’ve stopped at a Starbucks before heading to the movies, Maya realizes she hasn’t checked her phone all day
  • So she pulls it out and
  • She has so many notifications??? wth
  • She checks what going on and realizes with a gasp. Holy shit. The post with all the screenshots went viral.
  • She didn’t even tell Riley and Farkle she posted them in the first place omfg she’s trying to explain this to them
  • It’s literally already become a meme. People are using the picture of beaten up, middle finger throwing, scowling Farkle with a tampon sticking out of his nose as a reaction meme h o l y s h i t
  • Some people are just quoting some of the things he said for meme joke purposes
  • The three of them are just quietly screaming in Starbucks omfg
  • It progressively gets bigger omfg
  • Like some news outlets are talking that it shed a great light on sexism and shit
  • And how teenage boys/some men in general can be oblivious to things like this until it literally slaps them in the face
  • Also everyone just found his reaction very amusing and a little sweet lol
  • So yeah like it eventually dies down but it was definitely a thing for a while omfg
  • All his selfies on Instagram were suddenly full of comments “HE PROVIIIIDES” lol
  • When Farkle grows up and gets into politics he bans the tax on feminine products lmao
  • So yeah that’s the time Farkle got his ass educated, got mugged, and then the OT3 accidently started a meme
  • My beautiful children

10 ways that YOU can help dolphins and whales in captivity

Have you been educated about captivity, and decided you’re against keeping dolphins in whales captive for our entertainment at their expense? Want to get involved but just don’t know how? These are a few somewhat easy ways to make your impact on the greater fight for getting cetaceans out of captivity, and if you can accomplish just a couple of these tasks, you’re doing a great job of fighting for these intelligent beings. Every single voice matters, only united can we make a big wave.

  1. Get Educated- You may already be educated on why cetaceans don’t fare well in captivity, but you can never be too knowledgable on the subject and there’s new information coming out all the time. Keep researching!
  2. Attend Protests- Peaceful protesting is a great way to get out there and show people that there are real humans out there that are standing up to this abusive practice and want it to end. Not only are you making a statement to the captivity industry, you may be planting a seed to so many people who just happen to come by your protest and learn something new that they may not have ever thought about previously. If there aren’t any protests going on near you, organize one!
  3. Tell Everyone you Know- Make a Facebook status about it. Call your parents and tell them about it. Bring it up in conversation at lunch with your friends. One of your most powerful tools is education, and anyone with compassion who’s educated on the subject will be inclined to not support this industry.
  4. Make Flyers and Put them Up Around Town- Making informational flyers is an awesome way to get the word out even farther than your friend circle. Include a few main points on why cetacean captivity is cruel and include some reference websites to learn more from. Also don’t forget to encourage everyone to boycott marine parks with captive cetaceans!
  5. Write to your Government Leaders- Let your government know that you’re not going to stand for this. Get involved and learn about specific cases of captivity abuse, and tell your leaders in that area about it! Letting your leaders know that this is something on the people’s minds is helpful in getting them to get involved on the issue.
  6. Sign Petitions- While some online petitions aren’t very useful and effective, some really are! Regardless, at least you can say you got involved and took a stand, so sign any dolphin and whale welfare petitions you find that are worth supporting! Also don’t be afraid to start your own petition! The best way to know if a petition is effective is yourself being in charge of it and you ensuring the signatures get to where they need to go.
  7. Boycott!- Boycotting all marine parks with captive cetaceans is key to taking them down where it’s important- money. Also consider boycotting any companies who do business with or openly advertise for these marine parks, so that they may be inclined to stop their support. It’s worked before and it will keep working so long as we keep the pressure on!
  8. Tell the Marine Parks What You Want- Contact these parks and facilities, let them know you don’t support what they’re doing, and let them know they won’t be getting any money from you until they reform their cruel practices. They need to know what the public wants, and it’s up to you to tell them!
  9. Donate to Organizations Helping to Stop Captivity- There are tons of non profits out there that work towards animal welfare and stopping the continued captivity of dolphins and whales, and they need your funding to keep operating! If you can donate any amount to these organizations, you’re funding the fight against this abusive industry.
  10. Get into Online Activism- The internet is an amazing tool for spreading information, and if you want to help get information out to the masses and encourage them to boycott marine parks, try spreading the word through your own website or social media! Always remember to cite sources, present strong and constructive arguments, and network with like minded people along the way!
4 things I learned from my first year of college

1. Don’t take the “you can miss up to 4 classes” rule for granted!! I ended up missing a full month of classes because I could miss 4 and still possibly pass. Don’t do what I did and go to class. You’re not spending thousands of dollars to sleep for a month straight.

2. Don’t overwork yourself. Being an eager freshmen I took the maximum number of credits because I believed I was able to handle it. The stress from all of the classes only made my mental health decline. Please for the love of God KNOW YOUR LIMIT!!! Take the classes that will bring you to where you want to be and pace yourself.

3. Don’t think that what you did in high school makes you too cool for school. Some of the classes I had to take were basically what I did in my senior year of high school, so I skipped an excessive amount of classes believing I knew everything. I don’t know everything. You don’t know anything. It does not hurt to brush up on your skills. If a class is moving too slow paced for you talk to you advisor or department head to see if you can move up. It’s not cool to fail a class you could easily pass because you never showed up.

4.Remember why you’re in school. College can be a very expensive choice and you do not want to waste money laying around all day not doing your homework. Remind yourself of the reason why you chose to continue your education and why you are taking those classes. Even if the reason is small, don’t give up. Do not allow yourself to fall behind.

This year will be a better year. I’ve acknowledged my mistakes and now I can confidently move forward. Fingers crossed I pull my GPA up!!

Hello Studyblr Community,

Even though I’m transferring to university this fall, I know that my community college is starting up soon. So, I thought it would be helpful for those in community college (freshmen or otherwise) to know how my experience went. Hopefully I will help you avoid making the same mistakes I did and have a stress free transition from community college to university.

Before You Step on Campus for the First Time:

  1. Take the Placement Test Now!! :Hopefully you’ve already done this, but taking the placement test is so crucial. You can’t make an effective schedule if you don’t know where you stand. Many people make the mistake of taking classes before taking the test and it messes up their entire time line. If you haven’t done it, try to do it within the next week or so.
  2.  Take the Placement Test Soon, But DO the Prep work: Many schools offer prep for the placement test and it can really make a difference if you go over the material first. My school only allowed us to take the placement test twice. I made the mistake of not prepping the first time I took it and I when I tried to prep for the second time, I felt a whole lot more confident. It may not change your placement, but you will never know. Some people skipped multiple classes just by studying for a couple days.
  3. Don’t Let Your Placement Ruin Your Mood: You may get placed in a class that’s lower than you expected, don’t let this discourage you! In my experience, its better to start in a lower placement (especially in subjects like Math) because it will give you an opportunity to not only brush up on your skills and find your weaknesses, but also get used to how the subjects are taught in a college setting.
  4. Stay Positive!: Just because you’re at a Community College, doesn’t mean you’re not capable or smart. I went to a private high school and when I told people I was going to community college they were shocked. I had a strong GPA so they didn’t understand why I would choose not to go to the many universities that accepted me. My personal reason was that university was just too expensive at the time. You have your own reason. You don’t have to explain yourself. But know if you’re reading this, it obviously means you care about your education. So don’t worry about the name. An education is an education.                                              **Side Note: Many of my teachers at my college work at my uni, so I basically got the same class for THOUSANDS of dollars less.
  5.  See a Counselor as SOON as Possible: You might think you know     what classes to take, but in reality you don’t. If you know what school you want to transfer to, tell them that too. Many school’s require the same classes in order to transfer, but a couple have very specific requirements to weed out candidates. So tell your counselor as soon as possible. 
  6. If You Can, Find ONE counselor and stick with them: This maybe hard to do, but I joined a education program during the second half of my freshman year and it changed my life. I was able to get a specific counselor. She was super sweet and she wanted to know me and understand my goals so she could help me. She constantly stayed in touch and I made it a point to meet with her at the end of every semester so I had a clear path for the next term. By finding one person, you save time on having to repeat your story and goals, and you also ensure you get a person who cares about you. If you find someone you like, ask for their email and inquire about how you can meet with them specifically.

Now You’re College Student:

  1. Keep EVERY syllabus your teachers give you on the first day: many universities require you to bring the syllabus to your transfer counselor so they can determine if the class meets their requirements. This is the only way to ensure you will get credit for the classes you finished, so NEVER throw them away. Nothing is more awkward than asking a professor if they have their syllabus from 2 years ago, especially if you never had a relationship with them.
  2. Try to make Relationships: Coming from a person who HATES social interactions with strangers, I’ve noticed community college is just that, a community. I only had to out right introduce myself once in my two years. All the other times, people came up to me and talked. But regardless building relationships with your teachers and your fellow classmates will save your butt more than I can tell you.                      **Side Note: Relationships with teachers can be hard to start up, but just remember they’re people and they’re being paid BY YOU to help you. So make sure their earning your money. Ask for help, and if they don’t want to, push them. Again YOU are paying them. And most times they appreciate seeing a student take the time to fight for their education and will be more likely to help you when finals come around. So build them early.
  3. Find Resources: Campus has so much to offer, but you would never know if you don’t look for them. The most important resource for me was the math lab. I was hanging on by a thread by the time I went in there as a freshman, but I met a tutor who saved my ass. I pretty much lived there ever since. So if you need help, PLEASE GO LOOK FOR IT!             **Side Note: Scholarships through the school tend to be easier to find (and a whole lot safer) than outside scholarships. Look into how you can apply if its possible.
  4. Join a Program: Many schools have programs to help certain groups (such as race based programs or scholars programs). These groups tend to have reserved classes for those who are part of their program which can ensure that you get the classes you need. And its a cool thing to put on your transfer application. 
  5. Stay Motivated!!!: Remember you are going places and you have a reasons to work hard. Maybe you want to attend your dream university, earn an AA degree, make yourself proud..etc. Whatever it is work hard at it! People will take notice and opportunities can open up because of it. Don’t get discourage if takes more than 2 years to complete your classes, just don’t give up! You are putting in the effort to better yourself and that’s an amazing thing.

     “The American Dream is not real anymore.”
     “Why do you feel this way?”
     “College is too expensive, everyone has to pay for it, and you can’t focus on your education when you’re worried about money all the time.”

York, ME

Busted: 12 Myths about K-12

Much has been said about K-12 and how it can change Filipino lives forever. Still, misconceptions abound, endangering the very future of the country. About time they’re rounded up and finally put to rest.

1. It’s a financial burden.

K-12 will actually save families two years’ worth of expenses. Currently, students have to have some years of college just to get employed. This is difficult for families who can’t afford it. In K-12, the government pays for the additional two years that will produce employable graduates.

2. Ten years of education is enough.

Students are forced to absorb in 10 years what they’re supposed to learn in 12, so mastery becomes tough. It’s like cramming for a test, only it’s for your future. This is why we have 15-year-old graduates who are simply too young and too inexperienced for work or for college.

3. Extending schooling will just increase the number of out-of-school youth.

Students leave school because they lack interest. With K-12, students choose their electives and specializations based on their interests. So if you fancy yourself the next Christopher Nolan but break out in cold sweats thinking about pre-calculus, then there’s a track for that in the arts.

4. K-12 promotes exploitable, semi-skilled workers.

Exploitation happens partly because workers are underage. With K-12, graduates can start working at 18. They will have the maturity and the qualifications to fight unjust labor practices, empowering them to demand better compensation and working conditions in the future.

5. K-12 will only produce more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Labor migration has long existed, even before K-12. If anything, K-12 will help OFWs meet the standards in other countries. In Thailand, for example, Filipinos are paid much lower than their counterparts. In Qatar, Filipino engineers are demoted to technicians despite having the same competencies, simply because they’re two years short on basic education. Halting K-12 would only perpetuate these tragic labor stories.

6. The program is irrelevant because most Filipinos do not go overseas to study anyway.

You might not need it, but the law protects every Filipino’s right to quality basic education anywhere in the world. Filipinos studying abroad face a particular disadvantage. For example, Filipino post-graduate students in Europe have experienced receiving only a diploma, instead of a master’s degree, just because of the two-year disparity.

7. High school is not enough preparation for employment. That’s why there’s college.

Actually, high school is preparation for both college and employment. The tracks in K-12—academic, technical-vocational-livelihood, and sports and arts—will immerse students in practical learning experiences, preparing them for eventual absorption at work. Technical-vocational graduates will receive certificates that qualify them for employment even with a high school diploma.

8. Because of additional subjects, the revised curriculum will still end up congested.

Classes will only last 6 hours and 12 minutes everyday, thanks to senior high school. That’s almost a two-hour difference from the current curriculum!

9. Shortages must be resolved by adding more teachers and better facilities, not extending years in schooling.

K-12 isn’t just about extending high school. It actually entails adding necessities such as teachers and staff, as well as classrooms, books, and teaching aids.

10. At least 80,000 college personnel will lose their jobs.

Only an estimated 25,097 college personnel will be affected (Commission on Higher Education [CHED]). Also, in 2016 alone, when senior high school operations kick in, at least 30,000 teachers and 6,000 non-teaching staff will be hired (Department of Education [DepEd]). And priority will be given to college personnel.

11. High school teachers will bear additional teaching load.

K-12 will not overburden high school teachers because the law still mandates that teachers only teach up to six hours a day.

12. K-12 is a product of Filipino colonial mentality.

The Philippines is one of only three countries in the entire world to still have 10 years of basic education. We are quite literally left behind. Also, proposals to extend basic education in the country have existed since 1925. That’s even before we had our second president!

And, with a mother tongue-based multilingual approach in grade school, K-12 will actually promote a singular Filipino identity, grounded in cultural diversity. So, colonial mentality, you say?