— The wisdom of practice: essays on teaching, learning and learning to teach Lee S. Shulman (via luckyseventeen)
I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…
When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.
Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.
Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.
…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.
So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation."
"What’s up with chicks and science?"
Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.
You didn’t know that? How did you not know that? :/ I now question the basis of our friendship.
A) Do you actually like Pride and Prejudice? (The Keira version.)
B) Do you actually appreciate Titanic? (You gave it to me for my bday, if I recall correctly….I still watch it when Lincoln and I miss you.)
C) Do you or do you not still think of me when you hear that dramatic song between Mark and Roger in Rent, reminiscent of that time I came home totally drunk to you watching that movie and complained that our roommate relationship was not as meaningful, at which point you said you would go sing to me on the roof if I wanted you to, and that meant the world to me????
A) OF COURSE I DO. I still watch it when I miss you, and talk to the tv like a weirdo. Nobody appreciates that movie like we do.
B) Duh. It is ridiculously amazing - but I don’t actually own it myself so it’s been a while.
C) I would sing to you on the roof every day.
— Eleanor Roosevelt (via likearegularbookworm)
*teaches study group students good essay planning/writing techniques/strategies*
*proceeds to ignore all of them as I write my own essay*
Teaches students how to organize binder so as not to lose stuff.
Constantly preaches to kids about the importance of good time management and not procrastinating.
Literally puts everything off to the last possible minute.
— Every Last One (Anna Quindlen)