will always love this.

(Source: lizsplaylist, via explore-everywhere)

"If we look at other countries that top the US in the international metric, it seems we’re trying to catch up to them by doing the opposite of what they’re doing. In Finland, for example, formal, direct instruction doesn’t begin until age 7. In the preschools and kindergartens that preface that, you won’t find the country’s next crop of top students drilling through flashcards or poring over worksheets. More likely, you’ll see them singing, playing, and painting. In Finland, the focus for early education is on learning how to learn. Children are encouraged to experience, explore, and play. The Finns value the development of curiosity and social competency in the early years. They know that the “academics” will come more easily later if the foundation is there. It seems that while we’re in a rush to give our kids too much too soon, Finland is actually getting ahead by starting later."

-Amanda Morgan

we seem to do everything backwards in american public education…

(via aprillynne)

npr:

npr:

Happy October 3rd! (Related: Tina Fey on NPR’s Fresh Air)

We get to post this again! 

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."

— Albert Camus (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: henretta84, via thatkindofwoman)

flyartproductions:

Is that your grandma’s coat?
In The Garden (1885), Pierre-Auguste Renoir / Thrift Shop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz

flyartproductions:

Is that your grandma’s coat?

In The Garden (1885), Pierre-Auguste Renoir / Thrift Shop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz

(via flyartproductions)

"My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight."

— C.S. Lewis  (via inspirelittlebird)

(Source: tailorrows, via coldwindandiron)

nprfreshair:

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats joins Fresh Air to talk about his new novel, Wolf in White Van, his dark adolescence, and the best part of his job: 

"I hang out and sign records for an hour or two hours every night and I like to hear as many people’s stories as I can, because if somebody wants to share their story with me, I want to honor that. … But if you’re hearing a bunch of [stories], it gets very intense. It’s a lot.

I feel a duty. … I really think there’s a lot of music you can use to heal and save yourself. It’s not like I have some magic power and I reached inside somebody and said, “Oh, you didn’t know this about yourself until I wrote this song.” That’s not true. What I did is I made a thing, and somebody who needed to find something found mine and chose to meet me out on that ground.

It’s this area of communication that is unique to music, I think. That’s a choice that the listener makes to share that part of themselves with the artist who hopefully shared part of himself. … It’s very intense to have those sorts of conversations, have people sharing stuff that may be a secret, but I try to be worthy of it. It’s an honor. I’ve worked a lot of jobs — this is the best one.”

(via npr)

flyartproductions:

We goin’ in
The Singing Butler (1992), Jack Vettriano / Drunk In Love, Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z

flyartproductions:

We goin’ in

The Singing Butler (1992), Jack Vettriano / Drunk In Love, Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z

nprglobalhealth:

Like any piece of clothing, the hijab isn’t one size fits all.
Women around the world choose to wear — or not to wear — a headscarf or veil for many reasons.
A few studies have found that modest clothing is connected with a healthier body image. So Swami and one of his graduate students looked at whether the hijab protected women against the pressure to be thin.
Read more: Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women’s Body Image

nprglobalhealth:

Like any piece of clothing, the hijab isn’t one size fits all.

Women around the world choose to wear — or not to wear — a headscarf or veil for many reasons.

A few studies have found that modest clothing is connected with a healthier body image. So Swami and one of his graduate students looked at whether the hijab protected women against the pressure to be thin.

Read more: Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women’s Body Image

(via npr)

explore-everywhere:

protip: don’t allow people who are unhappy with their own lives manipulate you into being unhappy with yours.