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Anonymous sent: why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance

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rsbenedict:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.

In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.

Learnin’ things. 

"College as explained to me in high school" vs. "College as experienced firsthand"

nameless-story:

In high school they told us: There will be no grades in a class except the midterm and the final, so you have to study hard because failing one test means you fail the class.
Once I was in college a professor said: Hey, you guys are working really hard on your third paper, so I’m just going to cancel the final and give everyone a hundred on it.
In high school they told us: In college, class always begins exactly at the scheduled start time. If your class is at 9 AM and you get there at 9:01, the doors will be locked and you’ll be out of luck, especially if it’s the day of the midterm or final, because then you get a zero.
Once I was in college a professor said: Does anyone mind if I start class at 3:35 instead of 3:30? These elevators are really slow and I want to have time for a cigarette before I teach for 90 minutes.
In high school they told us: Every class you miss drops you a full letter grade in college courses.
Once I was in college almost every professor said: You can miss three classes without a penalty, and a few more if you have a Doctor’s note. Sorry to be a hardass, but you automatically fail if you miss more than ten days of class.
In high school they told us: If you do have papers, your professors just lecture and put the assignments on the syllabus. You’re completely responsible for remembering the deadlines, they won’t remind you. All your professors will do is lecture and the rest is up to you.
Once I was in college a professor said: Okay, so your next paper is in two weeks! I’ll keep reminding you in the interim, but I just want to make sure you have enough time to do it! Let’s run through the structure I want to see real quick, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me or come to my office hours!
In high school they told us: You have to use MLA formatting and if you make any mistakes in your citations, it’ll be considered plagiarism. You’ll be expelled and probably sued.
Once I was in college almost every professor said: Please do not use MLA, it is awful, we use either APA or Chicago here because we are not 14 years old.

What a bunch of misinformation on both ends. High school teachers say a lot of those things because they’re unacceptable in the professional world, not just college. Imagine being late to an important meeting or missing ten days of work within the period of a semester.

Also each professor has a different preference. Some of my professors *were* hardasses. Some were more lenient. And guess what? I never did as well in the lenient professors’ classes because they gave out grades as arbitrarily as they set up their procedures and rules.

(Source: raptorific)

Late Night Humor

timsaurus: TWO LEF
#SaveDarfur: You seem to have spilled your T

lisalu22:

I love Neil Gaiman so damn much. Best advice on how to raise a reader—let them read…whatever they want to read.

I love Neil Gaiman as well and I don’t know the rest of the speech or essay based on what I see here. I don’t understand how giving them worthy-but-dull books that you like stops kids from reading what they enjoy. Having a good variety of different books to read is a good thing. 
The only way I can see that happening is that the curriculum overloads on classics. So we end up teaching 4 or 5 books over the course of a semester and kids don’t have time to read what they want to read. But when I make time for students to choose their own books…they seemed to have already lost the joy of reading.
How to change?

From the living room…

My roommate: Guess who likes ice cream sandwiches?

From my room…

Me (shouting): Please don’t feed that to the cats!

I refuse to look at my school email or Power School until August.

Too bad. DYWC takes precedence.

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

Hey, Tumblr teens. Instead of whining about how school sucks, maybe start to do more things like this.

I’m interested in these endeavors from students who take initiative. I’m tired of posts that are like “my teachers stifle my creativity by failing me for not following rules.” Not gonna take you seriously until you have a *plan* on school reform.

I believe that changes in education can only work if students, teachers, and parents all work together. Let’s stop the outside forces together, instead of thinking of each other as the enemy.

I just did 5.6 miles in an hour.

camusinpumas:

Send me all the Orphan Black tumblr sites for me to follow.

No seriously you guys don’t understand my obsession for Tatiana Maslany right now.

Send me all the Orphan Black tumblr sites for me to follow.