"… And that wherever they might be they always remember that the past was a lie, that memory has no return, that every spring gone by could never be recovered, and that the wildest and most tenacious love was an ephemeral truth in the end."

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Jianchuan museum

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Small relief work I made in a series where I used found foam as a basis for creating a “scene.” Available through Etsy.

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"I believe the human brain knows and perceives more than we ourselves realize. For instance, what for me constitutes the end of the film, is the scene in which Chihiro takes the train all by herself. That’s where the film ends for me. I remember the first time I took the train alone and what my feelings were at the time. Most people who can remember the first time they took the train all by themselves, remember absolutely nothing of the landscapes outside the train because they are so focused on the ride itself." (Hayao Miyazaki)

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"All my human relationships have to do with a mask of me and I must perpetually be the victim of living a completely hidden life. I have always been exposed to the cruelest coincidences - or, rather, it is I who have always turned all coincidence into cruelty."

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"I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game."


Toni Morrison (via jaegerjaques)

I’ve already blogged this before but it basically sums up my entire philosophy much better than I ever could so here we are.

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Phantom Shangai by Greg Girard

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Woodgreen Community Service in Toronto designed this campaign as part of their Homeward Bound Program supporting struggling single mothers. [x] [via]

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From where a drone operator’s sitting, one blurry blob of pixels looks almost exactly like the next blurry blob of pixels, which is how the term “bug splat” worked its way into modern military slang as a way of referring to a kill. Now, though, a giant art installation in Pakistan wants to show drone operators that its people are anything but anonymous white blobs—and that that “bug splat” belongs to an actual human being.

Read more at: http://notabugsplat.com/

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India — Daily Life (March 2014)

Photos: Altaf Qadri/AP, Biswaranjan Rout/AP, Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP, Noah Seelam/Getty Images, Anupam Nath/AP, Ahmad Masood/Reuters, Babu/Reuters

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Scary School Nightmare

Pinky Show has been a much appreciated and unknowingly necessary resource for me. They are a non-profit educational organization and describe themselves as so:

The Pinky Show is the original super lo-tech hand-drawn educational project by cats. We focus on information & ideas that have been misrepresented, suppressed, ignored, or otherwise excluded from mainstream discussion, and do this in a way that is informal and easy-to-understand.

Their website is at www.PinkyShow.org and you can find their videos on www.youtube.com/user/pinkyshow. If you have the time, please check them out. 

Tonight I wanted to revisit some Pinky Show videos. Particularly, the video under the same title as this post. It’s one that really hits me and I am constantly referencing it to clarify my own thoughts about education. It’s late. My significant other is sleeping beside me. The glare from the laptop is disturbing enough. I don’t dare to turn on the sound. Then I realize that the video only has botchy automatic caption. I’m not sure if there is a transcript available elsewhere but I thought it might be nice to have it here. If not only for me, maybe for someone who might need it. 

***Transcript begins:


I keep having this recurring dream. It’s like an endless slideshow of school buildings. They’re all different but they also all kind of have that same generic school look, you know? They’re really creepy. And in the background, I can hear the voice of Ivan Illich. You know, the guy who wrote that book, Deschooling Society. Well actually, I don’t think it’s really his voice because in my dream he kind of sounds like a girl with a Japanese accent. I think he’s talking about how all modern people have become institutionalized. 

[Ivan Illich with Japanese woman’s accent] 

Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed — the more “treatment” there is, the better are the results. Or, “escalation” leads to success. 


Actually, I kind of like this part. 

[Ivan Illich with Japanese woman’s accent] 

The pupil is thereby schooled to confuse teaching with learning, schooled to confuse grade advancement with education, schooled to confuse a diploma with competence. His imagination is schooled to accept service in place of value. Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work is mistaken for the improvement of community life, police protection is mistaken for safety, military poise is mistaken for national security. The rat race is mistaken for productive work. Health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavor are defined as little more than the performance of the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made to depend on allocating more resources to the management of hospitals, schools, and other agencies in question. 


That’s so cool. 

[Ivan Illich with Japanese woman’s accent] 

Since when are people born needy? In need, for instance, of education? Since when do we have to learn the language we speak by being taught by somebody? I wanted to find out where the idea came from that all over the world people have to be assembled in specific groups of not less than 15, otherwise it’s not a class. Not more than 40, otherwise they are underprivileged. For yearly, not less than 800 hours, otherwise they don’t get enough. Not more than 1,100 hours, otherwise it’s considered a prison. For four-year periods, by somebody else who has undergone this for a longer time. How did it come about that such a crazy process like schooling would become necessary? Then I realized that it was something like engineering people—that our society doesn’t only produce artifact things, but artifact people. And it doesn’t do that by the content of the curriculum, but by getting them through this ritual which makes them believe that learning happens as a result of being taught. 


Yeah…heh. Some people are so stupid. 

[Ivan Illich with Japanese woman’s accent] 

I’m not talking about “some people”—I’m talking about everybody. I’m talking about you too, Pinky. Pinky! Are you paying attention, Pinky? 



***Transcript ends.

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Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, 1970

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: Using Video Games in a Writing Classroom



I’m going to give my students the option of playing Home (created by Benjamin Rivers)and writing about the experience instead of doing a more traditional writing assignment.

I’m not a huge gamer, but my brother got me this game and we played it the other day. It’s a horror-survival…

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the struggle to unlearn internalized shit



is real as fuck


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