I love Kickstarter. I think that’s clear to people who know me by now? I love it. There’s a dude named Brad Muir and he works at Double Fine and I love the games they make, so much. But before Kickstarter, every time a Double Fine game came out I was a little worried it would be their last,…
Michael Gove’s department is considering getting rid of teaching assistants in schools as a cost-cutting method. The Department for Education are considering getting rid of teaching assistants to save money, regardless of the effect this will have on my students, and students across the country.
Dear Mr Gove As a teacher, my teaching assistants are the most valuable resource I have. They are unbelievably wonderful, and I couldnât do my job without them.
My school is SEN (Special Education Needs) and in my class there are 10 children with an ability split from P4 to NC2. Each term we plan a new topic. I have 4 TAs plus myself. At the start of each new term we brain storm our new topic together. We plan all our activities together so that everyone has ownership of the plans and can see the bigger picture and what we are trying to achieve. My TAs are very creative and provide far better ideas than I can think of to keep my behaviour challenged children on task. Each TA has been specially trained for a certain role according to their talents and interests. And itâs not just in my classroom that these excellent people work. Across the school we have TAs working in all areas. From the 20 TAs who deal with childrenâs bathroom requirements in a sensitive manner that makes sure no child is ever made to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, to the very talented TA who, as a gymnast and swimming teacher in her own right was instrumental in helping one of our students to become a Paralympian last year. Hats off to her and her talent!
Most TAs are actually paid very little money. Many earn around £7 an hour for all their work and their qualifications. Fair enough some earn the princely sum of Â£9 an hour but its hardly a vast fortune. I donât know any in my area who earn £17,000 a year as reported in the Daily Mail this month. Therefore they do not do their job for the money. In my school they do it for the special children because they want to improve their lives for them. So there you have it Mr Gove. I urge you to think again before you embark on this mass removal of TAs.
Why do girls still list ‘Lord Of The Rings’ next to things they are interested in? Do they not realise guys haven’t seen that as ‘edgy’ or ‘attractive’ since about 2006?
The fact you enjoy one of the most successful book/films of all time does not make you stand out, alright?
Now, If you’d write how much you love the work of David Gemmell or Brandon Sanderson, then.. yeah, I’d hit it.
And here I was thinking that the list of things I’m interested in was a list of things I’m interested in.
But in all seriousness, a guy who is, in any way, impressed that I like any of the things he does is not someone I want to even associate with.
*blinks at fandom subculture, the huge majority of which is women geeking out with each other over media and turning out mindblowing quantities of art, writing, costumes, and other high-commitment tributes to the stuff they like*
and he thinks the only reason women express the fact that they like things is to hop on his dick?
He thinks all of that is for him?!
i think that teenagers being aware of social issues like trans* people and slut shaming and rape culture and misogyny and racism because of a dumb blogging website called tumblr shows that if the medias and politicians explained and showed those things, people would actually start to understand them and stop being close minded assholes
This is a grade A post.
The average Nerdfighter spends five times less time watching TV than the average American.
People have all sorts of hypotheticals in mind about how a female Doctor would be portrayed. Now, the official stance of this blog has always been that a female Doctor shouldn’t be written any more differently from her predecessors than a male one, that nothing of substance should really change.
Moreover, it’s always been the official stance of this blog (boy, I’m tossing around the word “always” a lot for a blog that hasn’t even been around a week) that the Doctor is in no way “inherently masculine”, whatever that means.
Now let’s prove it. Here’s what I want all my female followers to do:
- Reenact a scene from Doctor Who, with you as the Doctor. It can be absolutely any scene from any era or medium.
- Don’t change anything else about the scene. Try and get the costume as close as possible, get a similar backdrop.
- If there are other characters in the scene with you, don’t touch their genders, so we can debunk this “the character dynamic would change” bullshit.
- Put it up on Tumblr and tag it “Women of Who Reenactment Project”.
You all with me on this? Good. Now, let’s make some misogynists’ heads explode.
A very good definition of privilege.
I’m a white girl with a non-traditional name. A name that sounds like a not-a-white-girl name. I have no idea how many times I have heard some variation of “You’re white!?” with a variety of tones - surprise, relief, confusion, etc.
I have known about my white-girl privilege long before I even knew the term white-privilege.
I know, because I’ve seen how people’s attitudes change upon meeting me. I know that if I want to consistently be treated well, I need to stop by a service desk to ask for help, rather than calling. I know that if I want a better chance at getting a job, I need to drop applications off in person rather than emailing them (even if the job posting specifically requests emails). I know that if I want to request a sample of something, I need to stop by the business rather than requesting them by phone, because stopping by means I will usually get them for free.
I am rewarded for being white.
The one and only time this wasn’t the case was when I applied for a job at a company that (I later found out) was trying to “diversify.” My application was placed at the top of the interview pile partly because of my resume, but also partly because of my not-a-white-girl name. The “You’re white!?” this time was a tone of disappointment.
But you know what? I still got the job.
People of color are constantly denied things white people take for granted. They range from things from as minor as a “Have a nice day!” at the end of a phone call to time slots at a busy doctor’s office, jobs, apartments, and prompt help from mortgage lenders. My experiences with my not-a-white-girl name are negligible in comparison.
For that reason, I hesitated about writing this because, really, my story is nothing compared to what POC face every single day. But hopefully it helps even just one or two more people understand, as Mychal Denzel Smith writes in the article linked above: “The United States is a racist country and because of that, I, as a white person, am the beneficiary of power and privileges that have an adverse effect on citizens of color.”
Now go do something about it. ~JJ
My Drunk Kitchen: Pizza John (x)
how does one tell a boy that one likes him
I am a boy and have a foolproof plan for this:
- text them and start playing one of those 20q games
- if they start being a dodgy fella drop em
- if they ask “You like anyone?”
reply Yeah, you.
- If they give you a negative reply sayin they dont like you back then just correct yourself to “*Yeah, you?”
dude that is genius
slow clappin’ it out.