My Tumblr Crushes:
Anna wrote a post about dating earlier today and it really got me thinking.
Remember when we had this conversation like two years ago, but it was about me?
234 Female Students Went Missing in Nigeria, and the Media Has Barely Covered It -
thepoliticalfreakshow:So why haven’t we heard about it?
The news: South Korea’s tragic ferry disaster has gripped international headlines for the past week as the world watched with bated breath to find out what happened. Though 159 bodies have been discovered by divers, another 143 still remain missing — and families and loved ones are hoping against hope that they are somehow still alive.
But on the other side of the world, 234 schoolgirls in Nigeria, ages 16 to 18, wereabducted two days before the South Korean incident. Armed men broke into a school in the northeastern city of Chibok, shot the guards and took the girls away while they were taking a physics exam. The attack has been linked to Boko Haram, a jihadist affiliate of al-Qaida.
So why haven’t we heard about it? Simply put, because the world has very different views on South Korea and Nigeria. One is among the richest countries in the world and a powerful Western ally with a high quality of life and strong international presence. The other is in Africa, where, you know, these things happen all the time — or so we’re led to believe.
"In Nigeria, the mass abduction of schoolgirls isn’t shocking," CNN claims. “No one knows where the missing girls are. And even more surprising, no one’s particularly shocked.”
Image Credit: Al-Jazeera
But that’s not true. Boko Haram, which is Hausa for “Western education is sinful,” is against the education of girls. Girls have been abducted in the past to serve as cooks or sex slaves — but a kidnapping of this size is unprecedented.
And despite what CNN might think, people aren’t simply giving up on the girls. Desperate family members and town residents have gone on the search, combing the Sambisa Forest, a known terrorist hangout, on motorcycles. The search parties have so far had some success, uncovering traces of the girls.
The government is not helping. According to the school, about 43 girls have already escaped their captors — no thanks to the authorities. ”None of these girls were rescued by the military; they managed to escape on their own from their abductors,” said schoolmaster Asabe Kwambura.
As recently as Monday, education authorities claimed that only 85 girls have gone missing, despite the families’ insistence that 234 were taken. The military even claimed at one point that they rescued all but eight girls — which they immediately retracted the following day.
Nigerian security officials insist they are in ”hot pursuit” of the abductors, but they’ve yet to find a single girl. ”It’s alarming that more than a week after these girls were abducted, there are not any concrete steps to get them back,” said Human Rights Watch’s Nigeria researcher Mausi Segun.
It’s a dangerous environment. Boko Haram has been on a rampage in recent months and on the same day as the girls’ abduction, the group claimed responsibility for a bombing in Abuja that killed 75. The terrorist group, which wants to establish an extremist Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, has alreadykilled over 1,500 people this year.
But that does not mean we should look the other way when a tragedy like this takes place.
"The South Korean story has unfolded on camera, in a first-world country with every facility for news reporting. In contrast, the young Nigerians have vanished into the darkness of a dangerous world," Ann Perkins writes in the Guardian. "Nigeria is complex and messy and unfamiliar. It is easy to feel that what happens there is not real in the way that what happens on camera in South Korea is real."
The ugly truth is that when young lives are similarly at stake, we are more shocked when the danger takes place in a country that is considered stable and affluent — and less so in a country where violent insurgents are trying to take over.
But the media has a responsibility to report the truth rather than ignoring a story because it sounds familiar. It’s easy to become desensitized to stories coming out of a conflict-ridden region, but that doesn’t mean these human lives are worth any less.
Source: Eileen Shim for Policy Mic
We’re reading Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart in my 10th grade English class.
I think I’m going to have them read this tomorrow.
FCC, in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane -
The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals.
The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the FCC on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers.
The FCC’s previous rules governing net neutrality were thrown out by a federal appeals court this year. The court said those rules had essentially treated Internet service providers as public utilities, which violated a previous FCC ruling that Internet links were not to be governed by the same strict regulation as telephone or electric service.
You just ruined life.
I, a big wrinkle, made all of these smaller wrinkles.
Probably have reblogged this before…but it remains one of my fave critter pics ever.
(Source: kizatchi, via pablophonic)
dont underestimate the power of today
The next time you talk to a teacher, ask them why they got into teaching. Ask them about their favorite reading strategies, or a recent project their students worked on that they are really proud of. Ask them for advice for your own child’s education. — Appreciate Teachers by Understanding What They Do (via gjmueller)
I hope people besides teachers see this and take it to heart.
(Source: getofftheinternerd, via bachstreetboys)
Cinnamon chips for Chai brownies
I don’t know how I feel about this.
I’ll have a burger
Hold the bun and burger meat
So just a salad
Denny’s on a diet.
I’m no professional artist, or scientist, and heck even saying I’m a professional teacher would be debatable after some of the answers my students put down on tests…. But I want students to seriously learn and be seriously scientifically literate! So I did my part and made some things to help!
I’m doing a pre-sale right now on the Periodic Table of Super Elements Flashcards. There are 103 individual cards with descriptions on the back. $20 get’s you a pack! (Dang that’s cheap!)
Head to the storehttp://periodictableofsuperelements.bigcartel.com/ and reserve yours today!
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