Today, September 8th, is the 60th birthday of Ruby Nell Bridges - a woman who, being the first black child to attend an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960, underwent a traumatizing ordeal that came to signify the deeply troubled state of race relations in America.
On her first day of school at William Frantz Elementary School, during a 1997 NewsHour interview Bridges recalled that she was perplexed by the site that befell, thinking that it was some sort of Mardi Gras celebration:
"Driving up I could see the crowd, but living in New Orleans, I actually thought it was Mardi Gras. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. They were throwing things and shouting, and that sort of goes on in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.”
Only six-years-old at the time, little Ruby had to deal with a slew of disgusting and violent harassment, beginning with threats of violence that prompted then President Eisenhower to dispatch U.S Marshals as her official escorts, to teachers refusing to teach her and a woman who put a black baby doll in a coffin and demonstrated outside the school in protest of Ruby’s presence there. This particular ordeal had a profound effect on young Ruby who said that it “scared me more than the nasty things people screamed at us.”
Only one teacher, Barbara Henry, would teach Ruby and did so for over a year with Ruby being the only pupil in her class.
The Bridges family suffered greatly for their brave decision. Her father lost his job, they were barred from shopping at their local grocery store, her grandparents, who were sharecroppers, were forcibly removed from their land, not to mention the psychological effect this entire ordeal had on her family. There were, however, members of their community - both black and white - who gathered behind the Bridges family in a show of support, including providing her father with a new job and taking turns to babysit Ruby.
Part of her experience was immortalized in a 1964 Norman Rockwell painting, pictured above, titled The Problem We All Live With. Her entire story was made into a TV movie released in 1998.
Today, still living in New Orleans, Briges works as an activist, who has spoken at TEDx, and is now chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation.
people on my dash are comparing the architecture of the pro-bending arena to buckingham palace
this is the arena
this is the Harmandir Sahib (a Sikh gurdwara in Amritsar, India)
this is republic city hall
this is the green mosque of Xinjiang, China
It’s astonishing to me that people honestly believe that a show consisting entirely of Asians and a pan-Asian diaspora would have buildings reminiscent of 18th century England
once and for all learn that the world doesnt revolve around white people and shitty white culture and thank god for that or we’d all be drinking mayonnaise with every meal
I want a comic book movie with a great female villain
I want a movie with a female hero who doesn’t need to be rescued by her male counterpart
I want a comic book movie where the female hero’s costume isn’t somehow made to be more feminine or sexual
I want a movie where-
I want a comic book movie that gives due recognition to the creators of—
Dredd was a pretty fantastic movie. Excellent birthday present from Karl Urban to me.
all ive seen from the queer agenda so far is young queer people being afraid around their family and older queer people vowing to be their new family in very serious and heartfelt ways. like honestly im everyones mom at this point and at least five other people are my moms and one is my sibling.
i hope the straights are scared. if we keep this up pretty soon itll be normal to have a family made entirely of friends who are all afraid and all look out for eachother and are brave.
After spending all day in school, our children are forced to begin a second shift, with more academic assignments to be completed at home. This arrangement is rather odd when you stop to think about it, as is the fact that few of us ever do stop to think about it.
Instead of assuming that homework should be a given, or that it allegedly benefits children, I’ve spent the last few years reviewing the available research and talking to parents, teachers and students. My findings can be summarized in seven words: Homework is all pain and no gain.
The pain is obvious to kids but isn’t always taken seriously by adults. Backpacks stuffed with assignments leave students exhausted, frustrated, less interested in intellectual pursuits and lacking time to do things they enjoy. “Most of what homework is doing,” says literacy expert Harvey Daniels, “is driving kids away from learning.”
We parents, meanwhile, turn into nags. After being away from our children all day, the first words out of our mouths, sadly, may be: “So, did you finish your homework?” One mother told me it permanently damaged her relationship with her son because it forced her to be an enforcer rather than a mom.
The surprising news, though, is that there are virtually no pros to balance the cons. Even if you regard grades or test scores as good measures of learning, which I do not, doing homework has no statistical relationship to achievement in elementary school. In high school, some studies do find a correlation between homework and test scores, but it’s usually fairly small. And in any case, it’s far from clear that the former causes the latter. And if you’re wondering, not a single study has ever supported the folk wisdom that homework teaches good work habits or develops positive character traits such as self-discipline, responsibility or independence.
Shit I knew in school but was unable to articulate.
I’m 43 years old and I still have anxiety dreams about homework.
have there been any studies on college students and homewrok?
Illusions of the Unhealthy XXXX
*This is not mine; I take no credit. I found it on an MBTI forum and the original source was gone (Geocities). I haven’t noticed it yet on Tumblr so I thought I’d share.Illusions of the Unhealthy XXXXby Doug Bates
ESTP: “I’m a stud and the world revolves around me”
ISTP: “I can make anything work”
ESFP: “I am the most glamorous”
ISFP: “Nobody has better taste than I do”
ESTJ: “I am in control”
ISTJ: “I do everything right”
ESFJ: “Everyone likes me and wants to be like me”
ISFJ: “Nobody can get along without me”
ENTJ: “I am all-powerful”
INTJ: “I am all-knowing”
ENTP: “I can come up with a solution for anything”
INTP: “I’m brilliant and you’d better bow to my genius”
ENFJ: “I can teach anyone anything”
INFJ: “I have the best intentions”
ENFP: “I have the most enthusiasm”
INFP: “I have the most sensitive conscience”
I’ll accept you no matter what
some of us have been following each other for a long ass time
The world is watching, White America.
FIGHT TERRORISM, STOP COPS.