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Children, College, and Confidence: Maya's Homework 5:32 PM (9 minutes ago) Bunmi Laditan to Hello Maya's teachers, Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She's been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4AM worrying about her school workload. She's not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We've consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time and we'd like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this. Thank you for understanding. warmly, Bunmi vaporwavevocap: ryttu3k: darkwizardjamesmason: dienaziscum: fishcustardandclintbarton: huffingtonpost: Mom declares her daughter is done with homework in viral email. Blogger Bunmi Laditan sent her 10-year-old’s school a clear message. “Hello Maya’s teachers, Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She’s been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4 a.m. worrying about her school workload. She’s not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time and we’d like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this.” A++++ parenting 💜 I’ve talked with a whole cadre of child therapists and psychiatrists about this very issue. There is little conclusive evidence that homework significantly improves elementary school children’s grades, understanding of subjects, or facility with various operations, processes, etc. However, plenty of evidence suggests that ever-increasing amounts of homework for young children lead to stress, anxiety, emotional fatigue, resistance toward academics in general, lack of leisure time to build social/interpersonal skills, and poorer family relations.  (My kids were doing about 3 hours a week IN KINDERGARTEN, at age 5 – so that’s ½ hour every night, after a 6.5 hour school day, or else saving it up for long slogs over the weekend, even more disruptive. And that wasn’t including reading practice!) We have stopped doing homework altogether with my 7 year old as a result of severe anxiety/depression and a learning disability. She had gotten to a place where she had so little self confidence and truly believed that she was stupid and worthless, not just because of homework of course – but every time we tried to sit down to do homework with her, it’d end in tears with her really vehemently berating herself, and no amount of encouragement could ameliorate the damage done. Now, granted, she’s got other things going on besides just an overload of school work. But in NO WAY did the homework help her, either academically or emotionally.  No little kid should have to spend an hour or more each night getting through homework. Now, my deal with Siena is that if she wants to give her homework a shot, I will absolutely help her if she wishes for help, but I no longer force her to complete all of it or to work on it for some set length of time before finally throwing in the towel.  Guess what? With the pressure taken off, she’s actually doing MORE independent work now, purely out of the desire to learn and practice, than she ever was before we’d decided with her therapy team and school that homework was just not a thing this kid could handle. Luckily for my older daughter my school’s 3rd-grade team decided to hand out homework only 3x/week, and the sheets take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. That is totally reasonable for 8-9 year olds!  Anyway tl;dr just because the school system may require it sure as shit doesn’t mean parents can’t, or shouldn’t, fight it. Do what’s right for your kid, and above all, let them be kids.  I eventually stopped doing homework because I was overwhelmed by it. There was an article just the other day in the local paper about a primary school that’s abolishing homework! You can read it here (autoplay video, gives you a few seconds to stop it). Homework is intrusive in a young child’s life. It makes sense for adults who will likely have to bring work home with them so in college it’s good training. But for young kids. No. Seriously I’m 100% on board with this. There are high school students expected to do three or four hours and beyond worth of homework every day. It’s fucking ridiculous. And I work in elementary school where we literally have little kids develop anxiety disorder and have panic attacks over homework and testing. This shit is not normal.
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Anna, Apparently, and Apple: CNN @CNN CAN Plan Bee' is a personal robotic bee designed to mimic how bees pollinate flowers and crops cnn.it/21QKbuY jaküb @sadandchildish instead of saving the environment and helping actual bees let's spend billions on robots that do what bees would do for free CNN @CNN Plan Bee' is a personal robotic bee designed to mimic how bees pollinate flowers and crops cnn.it/21QKbuY andrusi: downtroddendeity: curlicuecal: pts-m-d: thetrippytrip: dont you just love capitalism..   Black Mirror predicted this we are all goona die my god but I get mad when someone flippantly dismisses important scientific progress because you can make it sound dumb by framing it the right way. For a start, of course a lot of science sounds dumb.  Science is all in the slogging through the minutiae, the failures, the tedious process of filling in the blank spaces on the map because it ain’t ’t glamorous, but if someone doesn’t do it, no one gets to know for sure what’s there. Someone’s gotta spend their career measuring fly genitalia under a microscope. Frankly, I’m grateful to the person who is tackling that tedium, because if they didn’t, I might have to, and I don’t wanna. But let’s talk about why we should care about this particular science and spend money on it. (And I’ll even answer without even glancing at the article.) Off the top of my head? -advances in robotics -advances in miniature robotics -advances in flight technology -advantages in simulating and understanding the mechanics and programming of small intelligences -ability to grow crops in places uninhabitable by insects (space? cold/hot? places where honeybees are non-native and detrimental to the ecosystem?) -ability to improve productivity density of crops and feed more people -less strain on bees, who do poorly when forced to pollinate monocultures of low nutrition plants -ability to run tightly controlled experiments on pollination, on the effects of bees on plant physiology, on ecosystem dynamics, etc -fucking robot bees, my friend -hahaha think how confused those flowers must be Also worth keeping in mind? People love, love, love framing science in condescending and silly sounding terms as an excuse to cut funding to vital programs. *Especially* if it’s also associated with something (gasp) ‘inappropriate’, like sex or ladyparts. This is why research for a lot of women’s issues, lgbtq+ issues, minorities’ issues, and vulnerable groups in general’s issues tends to lag so far behind the times. This is why some groups are pushing so hard to cut funding for climate change research these days. Anything that’s acquired governmental funding has been through and intensely competitive, months-to-years long screening by EXPERTS IN THE FIELD who have a very good idea what research is likely to be most beneficial to that field and fill a needed gap. Trust me.  The paperwork haunts my nightmares. So, we had a joke in my lab: “Nice work, college boy.” It was the phrase for any project that you could spend years and years working on and end up with results that could be summed up on a single, pretty slide with an apparently obvious graph. The phrase was taken from something a grower said at a talk my advisor gave as a graduate student: “So you proved that plants grow better when they’re watered? Nice work, college boy.” But like, the thing is? There’s always more details than that. And a lot of times it’s important that somebody questions our assumptions.  A labmate of mine doing very similar research demonstrated that our assumptions about the effect of water stress on plant fitness have been wrong for years because *nobody had thought to separate out the different WAYS a plant can be water stressed.* (Continuously, in bursts, etc.). And it turns out these ways have *drastically different effects* with drastically different measures required for response to them to keep from losing lots of money and resources in agriculture. Nice work, college boy. :p Point the second: surprise! Anna Haldewang is an industrial design student.  She developed this in her product design class.  And, as far as I can tell, she has had no particular funding at all for this project, much less billions of dollars.  ‘grats, Anna, you FUCKING ROCK. ps: On a lighter note, summarizing research to make it sound stupid is both easy AND fun. Check out @lolmythesis​ – I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. :33 @curlicuecal I’d also like to chime in that a chunk of my family are apple farmers, and one thing I learned visiting them is that you can’t always let bees pollinate. With certain apple varieties, people have to go out with little paintbrushes to pollinate them by hand, because if they cross-pollinate with the wrong variety the apples won’t come out the same. Beebots could potentially be a huge time-saver at that task, because depending on how the algorithms work, you could just tell them “Don’t go into the Gala field next door” and let them do the job more efficiently than you without having to worry about getting weird mutant apples. Also holy shit all science is not interchangeable.  Nobody got up one morning and said “instead of saving the bees I’m going to build a bee robot.”
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Anaconda, Condom, and Sex: So l uploaded a post with this picture What's your correct size? SLIM WIDE 60 (64 (69 and asked: ,,Whats your condom size?" And most people didn't know WTF I was talking a So: The numbers stand for milimeters and can be found on the outer packing when you buy them. 47 for instance means, that the condom is 47 mm wide. Multiply that number with factor 2 and you get the circumference of Now measure t Devide this number by factor 2 and you'll get a prettybig" number concerning the picture above... But you want to fit your condom really good, not to loose and not to tightl! So you need to multiply the number you've got with factor 0,75-0,9 depeding on your preference. You may like a looser fit or a tighter one. But the condom circumference always needs to be smaller than the circumference of your dick - since you do not want it to dissappear in her vag. On the other side the condom should not fit to tight at all. This would increase the risk of breaking drastically s might h How Much Condoms Must Stretch, Based On Condom Size and Penis Size, (Metric) Condom Condom Required Amount of Condom Stretch (%) 15 22 28 35 41 47 4 20 33 38 43 49 63 58 63 68 14 | 18 | 23 | 27 | 32 | 36 | 41 | 45 |501 014 18 23 27 32 36 40 45 63 85 87 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 100 10.5 11.0 11.5 12.0 12.5 13.0 13.5 14.0 14.5 15.0 15.5 16.0 16.5 Key tor Percent (%) Stretch, (estimateの fit Percentie' 0% % 0.2% 08% 16% 40% 85% 16.1% 277% 403%561% ro.3% 820%领)%95)% % 99% 100% Condoms with 51-57 can be bought almost everywhere But remember: even the XXLMagnum condoms normally have a maxium wide of 57-60mm. That's just because the condom industry wants you to feel well hung so that you feel great and buy it again Thats why every~average dick fits in a XXLcondom. The condom just might be a bit long and thats it... If you have a VERY thick dick you'll need to buy your condoms in special shops, like www.thevfit.com www.mysize.com Some statistics with source for you Penis Size and Percentiles Data and averages based on three published scientific studies 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10.0 10.5 11.0 11.5 Percentile. | 00% | 0 00% | 0 00% | 00% | 00% | 0 22% | 0 75% | 220% | 5 54% | 11 9896122 ile 12.5 13.0 13.5 14.0 14.5 15.0 15.5 16.0 16.5 17.0 17.5 4094%|5607%|7025%|8202%|9028%|9535%|9604%|9921%|997596|9993%| 999B%|100 3678%|5324% 169 16% 18211%|9096%|9606%|9652% | 99 53%|9957%|9997%|9999% | 100 41%)84 13%|9053%|9479%|9737%)98 78%199489619980%|993%|9998%| 9999% |100 Notes All measurements were conducted Girh Grh Dew Dev All length measurements include the penile c 1. Wessells, H., T.Lue, and J. Mcaninch Penile Length in the Flaccid and Erect States 2. Schneider, T etal. Does Penile Size in Younger Men Cause Problems in Condom Use? 3. Chen,J, etal Predicting Penile Size during Erection Guidelines for Penile Augmentation The Journal of Urology 156.3 (1996) 995-97 Urology 57 2 (2001 314-18 Intemational Joumal of impotence Research 12.6 (2000x 328-33 Final math example Dick circumference: 13cm 130mm 130 mm devided by 2 65 65 x 0.85 (for good fit) 55 So if your penis has a circumference of 13cm your perfect condom size would And again: The XXL magnum condoms that you can buy pretty much everywhere does not have an outstan ding circumference they are just very long If your condom fits perfect you'll enjoy sex way more Perfect condom size
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Condom, Honeymoon, and Lesbians: 1. Myth: A woman's "first time" is meant to hurt. A woman's first-time might hurt if she's not turned on enough, if her partner is too rough, or if she's feeling anxious and tense Also, while most women's hymens are worn away before their first times, it plays basically no role in discomfort during sex anyway. 2. Myth: You can tell when you (or someone else) have an STI. Unfortunately, a quick peek with a miror every now and then won't cut it. Lots of STis don't have any signs or symptoms at all, and the only way to be sure you're clear is if you get tested. 3. Myth: Hymens "break" the first time a woman has sex. Nope. Hymens can't break. They're more like a door frame than a barier. They're usually worn away by the time you're a teen thanks to things like exercise, and even walking, and if they weren't, you wouldn't be able to menstruate properly. So, if women bleed during their first time, it's nat their hymen "breaking"-it's probably vaginal tissue bleeding because of poor lubrication or 4. Myth: Taking PrEP means you don't have to use a condom. PrEP is a drug that significantly lowers the risk of becoming HIV positive and some people believe that if you take it, you no langer need to use a PrEP only reduces the risk of HIV infection, so it doesn't protect against other STDs like gonomhoea or chlamydia, and it only works if taken daily. Using a condom and PrEP also reduces the risk of Hiv even further, so it's a no-brainer 5. Myth: Most women can orgasm just from vaginal sex. Most women need stimulation around their clitoris to orgasm, and that's totally normal. Around 70% ot women can't orgasm just from vaginal sex. So it you want to orgasm during penetration, make sure that area gets some attention. 6-Myth: Using a condom ruins" sex. Can't teel anything when wearing a condom? This is most likely because you're wearing the wrong size and there isn't enough lubrication. Finding the right fit will drastically improve your experience. 7. Myth: Vaginas get looser the more a woman has sex. A locked up, squeezed up, shut-down vagina is a tense, non-aroused one, not a virginal one." When women are turned on and relaxed, their vaginal muscles loosen slightly, and tighten again after sex. Or, put another way, if giving birth to a baby doesn't permanently change the shape of a vagina neither will a penis 8. Myth: Lesbians can't really have sex. This one neads to be debunked, like now. Lesbians can detinitely have sex, in lots of difterent ways, with or without sex toys-just like any other couple 9. Myth: Virginity only involves a penis and a vagina. There isn't one solid, exact definition of what "sex is. Most of us grew up thinking losing your virginity only involved PIV sex, but this is a realy heterocentric view that excludes a lot of people's realities and experiences. The truth is, "virginity" has different meanings to different people and only you get to say when you've "lost it" or not 10. Myth: You only need to use condoms for penetration. You can get STis from oral sex, so make sure to get regularly tested, and to use condoms or dental dams- whether you're giving or receiving. You can also get STis from sex toys, so putting condoms on them reduces the risk of you catching something (and can make them last longer 11. Myth: Women should pee before sex to avoid UTls. High school lied to us. Peeing before sex is the number one cause of honeymoon cystitis. You should wait to pee after sex because a strong pee stream increases the chances of pushing vaginal bacteria back out. 12. Myth: Older people never have sex. Your gramps are totally doing it. Studies show that 60% of men and 42% of women aged 65-74 are sexually active, though the trequency of sex reduces with age Basically, sex has no expiry date. 12 sex myths debunked!
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