knitmeapony:

punkrockluna:

ilovecharts:

Hours Worked On Minimum Wage In Order To Pay For One University Credit Hour

*Flings this chart at baby boomers*

The 1979 student would have to work about 10 weeks at a part-time job (~203 hours) — basically, they could pay for tuition just by working part-time over the Summer. In contrast, the 2013 student would have to work for 35 ½ weeks (~1420 hours) — over half the year — at a full-time job to pay for the same number of credit hours. If you’ve ever attended college full-time, you know that this is basically impossible.

It’s Impossible To Work Your Way Through College

theprettygoodgatsby:

prokopetz:

theprettygoodgatsby:

my favorite part of hamlet is at the beginning when they see the ghost of hamlet sr for the first time

and the guards are like “Horatio, you go talk to it! You went to college!”

and Horatio is like “Yeah! I did go to college! I will go talk to the ghost!”

like. where did horatio go to college. did he go to ghost college

That’s actually a really fascinating illustration of how literary tropes have evolved over time.

Throughout much of Western European history, even exceedingly basic formal education - the sort of thing that you or I would learn in elementary school - was largely restricted to the clergy and the children of the very wealthy. Literacy rates were so low that as much as a third of the population were unable to write their own names. (This is where the trope about signing one’s name with an “X” comes from, incidentally.)

Consequently, being college-educated was a really big deal, and contemporary media reflected this. As late as the 17th Century, Western European theatre and literature would often treat college-educated individuals in much the same way that modern media treats comic book super-scientists: experts at everything, able to master new fields in hours or days, and capable of pulling convenient plot devices out of thin air as the narrative demands.

Thus, narratively speaking, it’s totally reasonable for those guards to expect Horatio to be a ghost expert. He’s a university boy - of course he’s a ghost expert.

marry me

(Source: thefreshprinceof-denmark)

staceyjoy:

briancassella:

Granville T Woods Math & Science Academy, 6206 S Racine in West Englewood. Opened 1965, closed 2013. #cpsgone Named for an African American engineer and inventor who developed many improvements to the railroad system.

RedEye reporter and photographer made a point to visit nearly all 50 of the Chicago Public Schools that were shuttered by budget cuts/infrastructure bullshit/idiocy on today, the first day of school in Chicago.

Because closing schools is always the best idea. Right? RIGHT?

Wrong.

I am so very disappointed in my city sometimes

knitmeapony:

whiporwill:

The Whitest Kids U’ Know — The Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegence to the flag of the United States of America

Thank you very very much for letting us little kids live here.

It really really was nice of you.

You didn’t have to do it.

And it’s really not freaky that us little little kids mindlessly recite this anthem every day and pledge their life to a government before they’re old enough to really think about what they’re saying.

This is not a form of brainwashing.

This is not a form of brainwashing.

This is not a form of brainwashing.

This is really the greatest country in the whole world.

All the other countries suck.

And if this country ever goes to war, as it’s often wont to do, I promise to help go and kill all the other countries’ kids.

God bless Johnson and Johnson.  God b;ess GE.  God bless Citigroup.  Amen.

Very good, kids.  Now come and get your Ritalin.

Knit Me A Pony: Status Message Here: notime4yourshit: In discussions of hip hop homophobia there seems to...

notime4yourshit:

In discussions of hip hop homophobia there seems to be a constant need to paint everyone with the same brush.

While a great deal of mainstream Hip Hop is very dependent on a machismo aesthetic, there are layers to a lot of the artists that are constantly ignored in a…

This just really highlights why it’s important to frame things in a “that thing you said was bigoted” way as opposed to a “you are bigoted because you said that thing” way.

First Graders Handcuffed At Chicago School, Told They Were Going To Prison

soydulcedeleche:

The Chicago Tribune reports that LaShanda Smith filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of her son, who she claims was one of several 6 and-7-year olds excessively punished by a security guard at Carver Primary School on the South Side.

The school allegedly authorized on-campus security to discipline disruptive first graders, Fox Chicago reports. The children who were considered disruptive were then allegedly handcuffed for an hour and sent to an office, where they were told “they were going to prison and would never see their parents again,” attorney Michael Carin told the Tribune.

six. years. old.

something serious is fucking going on.

The fuck is happening to this country