“‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. You live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless. It goes on forever, inwardly — you understand? The fact the you’re alive is amazing. So you don’t get to be bored.”—LOUIS C.K., to his kids, on Louie (via inothernews)
Reading the seven books in the Harry Potter series is like taking a master class on plot and character development and world building and pacing, and, well, pretty much everything else that goes into writing one of the most beloved series of all time. It would take an…
“Teachers who are sensitive to their students and who openly share their enthusiasm for learning and their belief in their students’ abilities can help buffer low-SES kids from the many risks and stressors they experience in their lives.”—Teaching with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen, pg 88
Better jobs, less drug abuse and fewer arrests are among advantages found in the study that tracked more than 1,000 low-income, mostly black Chicago kids for up to 25 years.
80 percent of the preschool group finished high school versus 75 percent of the others
Nearly 15 percent of the preschool group attended a four-year college, versus 11 percent of the others
28 percent of the preschool group had skilled jobs requiring post-high school training versus 21 percent of the others
Average annual adult income for the preschool group was about $11,600 versus $10,800 for the others. The low average incomes include zero earnings for those in prison and close to that for adults who were still in college or studying elsewhere.
14 percent of the preschool group had abused drugs in adulthood versus 19 percent of the others
48 percent of the preschool group had been arrested in adulthood and 15 percent had been incarcerated, versus 54 percent of the others arrested and 21 percent incarcerated.
War had begun, and, as usual, truth was the first casualty. Without his consent or connivance, Revere was cast in the role of the solitary hero by the press, propagandists, and poets. By his own account, his actions that night were far less romantic than was popularly reported. He wrote about receiving much help, being rarely alone, and, due to a sound plan, Patriots alerting the countryside before he ever rose to the saddle. Paul Revere acted as a team member, an essential role if the goal of defeating the world’s greatest military power was to be realized.
Henrietta Lacks was a poor African-American woman with cervical cancer. Doctors took her cells without her knowledge and used them for research. And they’ve been used in tens of thousands of research studies. Now nearly 60 years after her death, Morgan State University in Baltimore has awarded her an honorary degree. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel have more.
I remember seeing a special about her on t.v. where they also talked to some of her relatives. I wish I could remember what show it was on.
There’s a book on her and what her cells have done for science and our health — and the racism her life and story has felt. It is called the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’ve been wanting to read it, but just haven’t gotten to it yet.
“I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn’t let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness - I want to turn my disability into ability.”—Susan Boyle (via mssiegelsays)
“Children who enter school with small vocabularies tend to add fewer words each year than children who enter with larger vocabularies. Since vocabulary size is so closely related to children’s comprehension as they move through school, there is a sense of urgency about intensifying efforts to build more and deeper word meaning stores for all children.”—Classrooms that Work: They Can All Read and Write By Patricia M. Cunningham and Richard L. Allington, 2007. Page 90.