“Making teachers entirely responsible for a student’s academic progress — regardless of whether the child eats enough or sleeps enough or gets enough medical attention — is counterproductive. Pretending that these issues can be “factored out” in some kind of mathematical formula that can assess how much “value” a teacher has added to a student’s progress is near nutty. That’s not just me saying it. Leading mathematicians say it too. The effects of poverty on children matter in regard to student achievement. That is not to say that efforts to improve teacher quality, modernize curriculum, infuse technology into the classroom where it makes sense and other reforms should not be pursued. But doing all of that while ignoring the conditions in which kids live is a big waste of time.”—
Yes. And for the love of god, stop standardizing everything. People learn in different ways and have different strengths that cannot be appreciated because of how educational systems are typically structured.
“Treat men like people.
Very often, men are talked about like they’re animals who can’t control themselves sexually. Women are taught how to work around men like they’re a force of nature, like they can never be trusted. Men are taught that it’s in their nature to take whatever they can get when it comes to sex. Again, the problem isn’t just that it’s wrong, but that some men will take these messages to heart, and believe that decency isn’t expected of them. (There’s also a secondary problem that people who aren’t men may believe they could never be rapists because that’s a man thing.)”—Holly, The Pervocracy (via darkthoughtsbrightdays)