Everyone Wants This Guy As Their Teacher After Seeing His Weekend Assignment

Remember being a kid and having insane amounts of homework every weekend that you basically ignored until Sunday night, when you would completely meltdown? It’s called the learning process, and it’s great.

Just kidding! Homework is horrible, and I barely ever retained anything from it, personally. Apparently some teachers are pretty sick of the system, too. Journalist Jane Martin shared a letter sent home with her kid from All Saints’ School in London. In it, a teacher named Mr. Tucker gives very specific instructions for how to prepare for the SATs that she absolutely loved:

It was so important he included a checklist:

They’re well-balanced requirements that include both activity and sitting on the couch:

Candy and friendship:

General chillaxing:

And it has some flexibility, if you want to take an hour break to study:

Mr. Tucker signed off by saying it’s his job to worry about their upcoming test, and theirs to feel good. Wow. 

Mr. Tucker’s approach is in the minority:

And some people are pretty miffed that he would dare to try and make school a more positive experience for this generation:

But actually Mr. Tucker is not the only teacher who thinks stress doesn’t help when it comes to learning. Similar letters have been handed out at other schools:

It’s incredibly refreshing to see schools trying to prioritize letting kids be kids—as long as Mr. Tucker is okay.

He’s fine! Probably.

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Woman Wants Parents To Ask Their Babies For 'Consent' Before Changing Diapers

Woman Wants Parents To Ask Their Babies For 'Consent' Before Changing Diapers

I remember being five years old and hate, hate, hating having to hang my coat up in the closet. I screamed to my mother one day that if I ever had kids of my own, after the millionth time she bothered me about hanging my coat up, that I would never ever ask my kids to clean up after themselves because it was the absolute worst and in no way fun.

I eventually came around because mom and dad were the boss of me and although I still lazily throw my clothes on the floor, more often than not I get embarrassed enough to not want to live like a slob and put them where they belong.

But my own childhood words are biting me in the butt right about now because my son also loves causing a mess. His idea of “playing” with blocks is to dump them all over the floor, kick them around for no longer than six seconds, then resume stomping around my apartment, pretending to be a T-Rex.

My toddler is just a giant bag of enthusiasm and stubbornness and I’m constantly trying to work to reroute that stubbornness into non-garbage social behavior. Yes he cries, yes he throws tantrums, yes he wants to have chocolate and gummy bears (which he refers to as “purple snacks,” regardless of their color) before he’s had an actual meal, but I don’t relent.

Now I don’t claim to be an expert on parenting, and I guess we’ll have to wait a couple of decades to see how my toddler and new baby daughter eventually turn out. But I have to admit I scoffed to myself and shook my head after I saw this headline where sexual consent expert, Deanna Carson, said that parents should ‘ask’ their baby’s permission before changing their diaper.

There’s an obvious joke to be made about this and it’s that babies can’t really understand a gosh darn word you say or really signal whether they approve of something or not. If they did, my daughter would answer with a cooing, “I AM” every time I ask with sugar in my voice who the cutest baby is.

But after the hullabaloo of that ridiculous headline died down, Caron’s “real” point was made and on the surface, it seems like a totally reasonable one: to train children from a young age about the importance of consent.

Waiting for their response is supposed to instill a sense in the child that their response is an important one and is supposed to give them a greater autonomy over their bodies when they’re older.

Now there are a lot of people who think that sounds good. Heck, even I did for a second.

I don’t ask my son if he wants to go to the bathroom, I pick him up and take him to the toilet and try to make going number 1 or number 2 into a fun game. There are some days he would fight me tooth and nail begging to get off the toilet, kicking and screaming. Then, five minutes later, he pees his pants. Whenever I asked him, previously, if he had to pee, he’d say no, then come rushing to me minutes later saying, “pee pee, pee pee” with already wet underpants.

My 1-month-old infant cries hysterically when there’s poop in her diaper, signaling to me that something is wrong. I put her on her changing table and then start singing our family’s, “let’s change the stinky diapey” song, removing her stanky clothes and poo-soaked diaper. She hates that just as much and starts wailing. So if I asked her consent before removing her diaper and she disapproves of it and I do it anyway, aren’t I just teaching her that no matter what she says or does, her consent ultimately doesn’t matter, and with someone who loves her unequivocally? 

You can’t let most adults do whatever they want, let alone give children a “say” in what they want to do. My son will eat bananas, grape tomatoes, and Maria cookies all day if I asked him what he wanted to eat. He’d sit in front of an iPad for hours. Oftentimes, he doesn’t even know what he wants. For two weeks he begged me everyday to go to the zoo. The day I hyped him up to go, he was ecstatic, then, at the last minute, he said, “No ZOO!” and then threw himself on the floor like a big drama queen.

30 minutes later, when we were at the park walking around, and he saw the animals and other kids playing, he was an overjoyed little nugget. I mean I can’t count the number of times I did something as an adult that I thought I didn’t want to do that ended up being awesome.

So she might be coming from a totally good place, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not a completely idiotic idea. There are better ways to teach children about consent. And I can tell you that my toddler already has a strong sense of personal autonomy. Just watch him wriggle away from random kids at the park who want to hug him or push off of relatives who give overbearing smooches – he’s got autonomy to spare.

And I’d wager plenty of other kids do as well. What do you think?

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Elon Musk Wants To Create A Rocket To Get You Anywhere On Earth Within One Hour

Elon Musk has a number of projects he’s working on. There’s the hyperloop, and getting someone to Mars, and of course, making constant improvements to Tesla. On  Thursday, SpaceX announced a new goal: They want people to be able to travel anywhere in the world in under 60 minutes. 

Obviously, that is a monumental task and we’re still very far away from that being a reality. To tide us over, SpaceX and Elon Musk have both shared a video to explain how they think this would work. 

The idea is to first have people travel out into the ocean, or similarly large body of water, and board a rocket. While in the atmosphere, the rocket separates and travels to a new city, traveling at a max speed of 27,000 km per hour. 

In the example above, air travel between New York and Shanghai would only take 39 minutes. Using traditional air travel today, that flight would take 15 hours so this is obviously quite the difference. 

Needless to say, people are already excited. 

But, of course, the jokes are already rolling in. 

There’s no real time table for the BFR yet, so we’re all going to have to wait a little longer before we never have to wait again. 

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Chief Of Staff John Kelly Wants To Fire Omarosa From The White House

John Kelly wants to bring order to the White House.

Among the Conways and the Mooches and the Spicers, it’s easy to forget that a contestant from the first season of Celebrity Apprentice has been walking the halls of the executive branch. But no-nonsense Chief of Staff John Kelly, who may be the only disciplined person cashing checks in the President’s employ, doesn’t like Omarosa’s habit of “triggering” the President with critical news stories.

Yes, a reality star is goading a reality star President, who gets grumpy, loses track of his responsibilities, and rails at people on Twitter. Kelly has no use for “people like Omarosa” who walk into the Oval Office and wind up the chief executive.

Kelly has established a system that limits access to the President:

Kelly has been trying to limit distracting news that crosses the President’s desk:

Whether or not limiting Trump’s infotainment diet and paring down his friends list will result in more efficient governing is yet to be seen.

America voted a reality TV show into the Oval Office, and that’s what we’ve gotten so far.  

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Teen After Dental Surgery Just Wants To Tell His Girlfriend How Much He Misses Her

Coming out of the druggy haze of dental surgery can be incredibly disorienting—as one teen, Dru, learned when his mom Facetime’d his girlfriend after he got his wisdom teeth removed. 

But unlike David After Dentist wondering if this was real life, Dru just starts bawling during the FaceTime and telling his girlfriend how much he misses her. 

“I wanna see her now!” he says (though the exact words are hard to make out through all the gauze in his mouth). 

Basically, it’s totally adorable. And the internet loved it. 

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Nerd Hero Wants To Use Science To Make A Real-Life Wizarding Pub In London

Many Harry Potter-inspired venues—and by now, there really is quite a handful—end up being a little disappointing because they don’t actually feature real magic. But The Cauldron—a proposed London-based “wizarding pub”—might end up coming closest, by using existing technology to mimic the magic of fantasy novels.

Designer Matthew Cortland’s proposed pub would feature floating candles, magic wands that can turn on fireplaces and pour drafts of beer, cocktails that resemble potions, and a menu featuring food from the world of fantasy novels. Patrons are even encouraged to read while they’re having a pint—the pub will be filled to the brim with books, Cortland promises. And that might be the most magical part of all.

Though yes, those floating candles are wicked cool.

“I kept coming back to the idea of the Weasley Clock — you know, the one that displays the location of the Weasley family members instead of the time,” Cortland said in an interview with Mashable. “That clock is completely possible to make with our current technology, and after designing prototypes I began wondering about what else from fantasy books is actually possible to make. What else has already been made? What could be adapted?”

“I found that many magical elements already exist in some form, and with some alteration and great design, I could bring them together in an authentic and interactive experience that adult fans like me would love,” he added.

And, as a former educator, he’s hoping that the pub will be a spot for school trips and classroom experiences, in order to share with students his love of reading and technology. Cortland’s pub is also partnering with the Harry Potter Alliance’s Accio Book campaign, which gives beloved children’s books to classrooms in need. 

Cortland is crowdfunding the pub in a Kickstarter campaign, with a $ 500,000 goal to conjure the Cauldron into existence. “Our ability to reach our target of $ 500,000 now rests in the capable hands of the fandom,” he told Mashable. “It’s an ambitious sum of money, but not unheard of for Kickstarter and is the minimum that we need to make the Cauldron a reality.” 

Plus the rewards are awesome—one of them includes getting your face in one of the moving wizard photos hanging on the Cauldron’s wall.

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Muslim Teen Told Dad She Wants To Take Off Her Hijab, And His Response Is Powerful

Muslim Teen Told Dad She Wants To Take Off Her Hijab, And His Response Is Powerful

When it comes to strictly religious societies, there’s a lot of shame and gossip that goes around. I wouldn’t say it’s the norm from the communities I grew up in. Most people just minded their business, went to the mosque, and did their own thing. 

There were a few Judgey McJudgersons who kind of ruined it for everybody else, but for the most part, people were able to do what they want without much backlash from their families or community. Hell, I’ve gone pretty much full rogue and have managed to keep all of my Muslim friends and family members. My wife also used to wear hijab and has long since removed it and, with the exception of a few people who think it’s their place to call her out on it (when I’m not around, I might add) nothing’s really changed in her life.

But that’s not to say there aren’t still Islamic countries and communities that use the hijab as an excuse to control women. But to assume that the only reason a woman would wear hijab is due to her family forcing her to wear it, is pretty darn insulting to the woman wearing it.

Which is exactly what happened to 17-year-old Lamyaa from Pennsylvania, who’s all but accustomed to receiving harassment online for being Muslim.

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“Personally, being an Arab Muslim woman in America, these sort of hateful messages aren’t uncommon,” she told Upworthy

A few days ago, on April 14th, 2017, Lamyaa tweeted a really disrespectful message from a stranger online.

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Someone was offended by the positive opinion Lamyaa had of her faith, and challenged her by saying that the only reason she was wearing a hijab was because her father was forcing her into it.

So Lamyaa texted her father and told him that she was going to take her scarf off. She then screenshot the conversation to prove a point.

Her father’s message rang loud and clear, shutting up the troll.

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Lamyaa:Baba, I want to tell you something.
Lamyaa’s father:Talk to me[asks her if she’s OK in Arabic]
Lamyaa:Yeah I’m okay. I was thinking. I want to take my hijab off.
Lamyaa’s father:Sweetheart that’s not my decision to make. That’s no man’s decision to make. If it’s what you feel like you want to do, go ahead. I’ll support you no matter what. Is everything okay? Did something happen? 

After Lamyaa posted her conversation online, it’s received over 140,000 retweets and more than 300,000 likes.

People tweeted messages of support and love for Lamyaa and her father.

Others were saying that the isolated hatred Muslim people were a target of is disproportionate to what other ethnic groups experience.

Lamyaa posted the screenshots of her convo to fight stereotypes about Muslim women, and men, when it comes to the hijab.

“People believe that Islam is misogynistic, hateful, or violent, and I think that stems from their inability to differentiate culture and religion. Islam is a religion and, like all religions, it is what you bring to it.”

Lamyaa also pointed out that she wasn’t trying to say that there aren’t Muslim women who are forced into wearing hijab – because there are.

But she wanted to point out that there are tons of Muslim women, like Lamyaa, who wear the Hijab because they choose to, and to assume that they’re being forced into it is dismantling their agency as women, based solely on their religion. (h/t upworthy)

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This Mother And Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

Diet shakes, fat burners, green tea extract, body wraps, crash diets, liposuction, and gastric bypass.  If you’ve ever contemplated dropping a few (or more) pounds, you’ll have come across a number of those options, either by reading articles on how to ‘tone up’ or through ads that would start pelting them your way after you’ve searched google twice for a diet plan.

For as long as I can remember, women around me, regardless of age, ethnicity, or cultural background, were obsessed with losing enough weight to hit a specific number.

I recall my mother and her friends exchanging tapes with one another, have seen people go to homeopathic doctors and come back with overpriced generic supplements, and have read article after article of people opting to go on extreme crash diets for month to reach that oh so very special number, be it the incredibly flawed BMI scale that’s seen posted on the walls of every school gym or in pursuit of a dress size that’s also regularly a hot button issue in society today.


According to this I’m roughly the height of a redwood

I didn’t learn about body composition until I started participating in competitive strength sports in my late 20s, which was also (coincidentally) the same time I actually started getting healthy.  I can write a separate article on men if there’s demand for it, but the social pressures nowadays really don’t target us.  No, those crosshairs are always their way, it’s people like Kelsey Wells that are going to help change that.

Wells came out of her pregnancy 25 pounds heavier than she did when going in. She decided to get back in shape 8 weeks post partum, picking a training program that appealed to her and went to work.

The photos show her at her starting weight, 8 weeks post-partum, the lowest weight she reached after 8 weeks on the program, and the last one has her looking much healthier months later and near her initial starting weight.

The Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program she was following recommended that people using it take full body photos along the way and not just base progress on the readout from their scale.

I weighed 130 before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my ‘goal weight’ should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans. Well after a few months of BBG and breastfeeding, I HIT IT and I fit into those size 0 jeans. Well guess what? I HAVE GAINED 18 POUNDS SINCE THEN. EIGHT FREAKING TEEN…

I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now.

Wells went into detail in her post, saying that had she kept to tracking progress through the scale only, she would’ve given up, decorating the caption with a catchy #screwthescale hashtag that caught on rather quickly.

Yesterday she appeared as a fitness model on Cosmo, a move which may have prompted her to show the behind the scenes work that went into securing that photoshoot.

The big takeaway that Wells was pushing for was for people to not attach their self-worth and progress to a number on a scale.  

The fixation has led to a $ 62 Billion supplement industry and $ 58 Billion (2014 figures) weight loss industry, which includes the assorted diet drinks you see decorating the shelves in your local Walmart.

Have an opinion on the topic, or would you like to see something else written about it?  Leave a comment under the article and I’ll drop by.

(h/t elitedaily)

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