1. profsycamore:

    perhapsmorepersonalperhapsnot:

    carrying—my—crosses:

    coolguyhat:

    American school system

    just so you knowthe ‘gifted area’ isn’t much fun either

    I saw your tags and I would really like to comment with personal story if you don’t mind.

    The gifted area really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The children all look like they’re smiling, sure, but let’s be real— they go home and stress and cry. 

    I was a “gifted and talented” kid, and it was far from this. My whole life, things were harder because I was expected to be better. I was expected to be reading higher-level books, but the school didn’t allow me to read higher-level books because it was “unfair” to the other students. Teachers subconsciously graded me harder than other students, even on things I was not “gifted” in, like math (a subject in which I have always struggled). We had extra homework and extra tests. In my program, we were removed from regular classes once a week to learn bonus material. Not only were we expected to learn the bonus material, but we were expected to make up the missed material and pass the tests on it; only no one was there to teach us the material we missed, because we were expected to already know it. It was pounded into my brain every day of my life from the moment I started school that I had to be perfect, and if I wasn’t perfect it was the result of some character flaw. If an average student got a B, it was cause for celebration, but if I got an A I was simply meeting expectations. If an average student got a D, it was sad and they needed extra help and it was the teachers fault for not helping them; if I got a B or a C, it was the end of the world and clearly there was something wrong with me. I was slacking, or goofing off, or expecting the teachers to just “hand” the A to me because I was “special”. 

    I skipped a grade because I was “gifted.” When I tell people of this, they assume I must be a “genius.” You don’t know how many times I’ve heard people tell me, “Wow, you must be really smart or something. You’re a genius.”

    Fast forward to college. I was told I should go to Yale or Harvard. But I didn’t want to. I wanted to go to college somewhere where I could learn but also enjoy myself. People make fun of me for my choice of school because someone as “gifted” as me could have “done so much better.”

    This “genius” can’t pass Intro to Biology 1010, because no one ever taught her proper studying techniques—they just assumed she already knew. This “genius” cries herself to sleep over a B in an difficult science class. This genius faces crippling anxiety because she knows she’ll never measure up to people’s expectations of her. This “genius” sometimes cuts herself because the pressure to be perfect is too much for her. This “genius” feels like throwing herself off a building if she gets anything less than a B, because she’s been taught her whole life that if she doesn’t get perfect grades it is some sort of character flaw; she must be a worthless idiot.

    I don’t know what it’s like to be in the “Nothing Special” area but being gifted is no walk in the park as the cartoon suggests. We both face challenges; they are different challenges, but they are both challenges.

    This is so accurate.

    "It was pounded into my brain every day of my life from the moment I started school that I had to be perfect, and if I wasn’t perfect it was the result of some character flaw." god thank you

    (Source: thehellofitall, via followingmymanydreams)

     
  2. doctorwho:

    From Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E19: "The Only Light in the Darkness" which aired on Tuesday April 22nd. 

    (Source: trenzalours)

     
  3. storybrooke:

    Ginnifer Goodwin on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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  4. phoenix-falls:

    vagisodium:

    uninhibitedandunrepentant:

    lovesthesmarty:

    lsama:

    This is the best idea for a restaurant. - Imgur

    I DON’T THINK IT’S LITERALLY POSSIBLE FOR ME TO LIKE OR FAV OR UPVOTE THIS ENOUGH

    I would like to see more of these.

    Is this not a thing in America?

    It’s a thing all over here in Australia. You get a wrist band. Means you can buy no booze, but you get free soft drink.

    this is a thing in canada too like all you gotta do is say that youre driving

    Free….pop….in the US for….DD’s? Free…anything to encourage safe behaviours? 

    That’s too much logic for this country. Sounds like Socialist propaganda 

    (via lost-in-my-echoes)

     

  5. shayrazor:

    Heeeeeeyyy

    I made a cosplay blog over at [x] like 5 minutes ago. 

    I’m gonna take a bunch of pictures at C2E2 this weekend so I figured I would make a place to dump them and not clog your dashes. 

    I won’t be cosplaying tho so it’s empty right now. 

     
  6. 4quarius:

    Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus)

    Unlike the Indian peafowl, which most people are familiar with, the male and female green peafowl have similar coloration. Green peafowl have green, rather than blue, feathers on the head and neck. This endangered species has a very rapidly declining and severely fragmented population, primarily owing to intense habitat conversion and high hunting levels. 

    Photo sources: Sasi - smit and James Buckley

    (via loopyrandomfooditem)

     
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  10. mttyshealy:

    LETS PLAY THE “TYPE THESE WORDS IN YOU R TAG BOX AND POST THE FIRST AUTOMATIC TAG THAT COMES UP” GAME: DIRTY WORD ADDITION OK

    • fuck
    • shit
    • dick
    • no
    • hell
    • sex
    • damn

    (via iamkuhan)