"i call it bold and brash"

"more like belongs in the trash"

my name is lauren.







crimson-sun:

So… this has probably been done already right








#tbt to the best snapchat everrrrr! creds to @anjelikah

#tbt to the best snapchat everrrrr! creds to @anjelikah

#tbt,







neverpearlywhite:

ifruity:

mypatronusisyou:

dontbedeaded:

penaltybox:

IM JEALOUS OF COUNTRIES THAT TEACH LANGUAGES TO CHILDREN FROM A YOUNG AGE SO BY THE TIME THEYRE LIKE 18 THEYRE BILINGUAL . IN MY ELEVEN YEARS OF AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLING I CAN NAME YOU LIKE 5 COLORS IN SPANISH

i’m a 14 years old argentinian girl and i run a blog in english

literally everyone in America hates the American education system and has thousands of ideas for how to make it better but nothing ever fucking changes 

Teaching other languages is a good idea, definitely, hands down, but not learning another language at a young age isn’t because Americans are ignorant or stupid or whatever. Learning English in general is necessary if you want to be successful in the future; that’s why other countries make it necessary to learn English. We have the leg up because we’re Americans. Of course we should learn other languages—it’ll help us become more in tune with the world, help us become more open-minded, etc. But because America is so isolated from the rest of the world, with only Canada on the top and Mexico on the bottom, learning another language becomes less of an issue.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned to appreciate since coming to Taiwan, it’s the American education system. Yeah, we have our flaws, but others do too.

hmm i will have to disagree slightly with you on this. i agree that the fact that americans generally aren’t proficient enough in other languages nearly as much as kids in other nations are isn’t because we’re stupid or ignorant. i think it is this way on purpose. since you’re an IR kid i know you know this - that on the global stage, the only thing the american government really wants is to keep the united states at the top, and by a large margin. i think the fact that our education system puts in so little effort to help kids learn any other language besides english is an extension of this.

learning another language has been made less of an issue not just because we’re isolated or we have a leg up, but because we’re #1. who needs to tell kids what the rest of the world is like, how the rest of the world communicates? english is all we need because so many of us are comfortable here anyway. we don’t need to leave. most of us, unless we plant ourselves in global business or politics, don’t need to understand the world, because the rest of the world will cater to us. 

i totally get what you mean in saying that american kids and the education system aren’t stupid for being this way — this is the practical consequence of politics, geography, business, etc. etc. but these aspects of the system nevertheless breed ignorance, nationalism, apathy, all this bad stuff. and maybe we do have a great education system compared to many nations, but we still fall short in so many ways compared to others. 

TL;DR it’s understandable that american education doesn’t care as much about other languages, but i don’t think it’s excusable. cultural education in america is a huge flaw as whole - a serious flaw that people overlook.

That is true! I guess my argument was more of explaining why Americans are less focused on the language aspect of our education system. I was irked from one of the rebloggers’ implication that the American education system is deeply flawed. I just really, really don’t like it when people hyperbolic-ly shoot down America like that.

I do greatly agree that our superiority complex invites ignorance. I’m lucky that I was brought up in a household that celebrated two cultures, American and Filipino, so I was able to learn  but in our small hometown, it was so apparent how little exposure our classmates had to the rest of the world.

In high school, I was definitely a token Asian kid, at least in my group of friends. One of my friends actually asked me what made an Asian salad so Asian (which was a stupid joke in itself, no idea what I was supposed to say to that). I was incredibly uncomfortable, but at the time, I didn’t know why! I think my unawareness was a HUGE problem. I was so separated from my identity as a Fil-Am that I accepted the ignorance as a fault of myself. The lack of diversity as well as the lack of exposure to different cultures definitely made a deep dent in my identity in high school.

My argument is veering off somewhere else (and if I go down that path, I don’t think I can come back lol), but I do understand what you mean about how the lack of cultural education in the US is breeding ignorance.








helveticake:

i feel like all joffrey needed was to get turned into a llama for a while








mypatronusisyou:

dontbedeaded:

penaltybox:

IM JEALOUS OF COUNTRIES THAT TEACH LANGUAGES TO CHILDREN FROM A YOUNG AGE SO BY THE TIME THEYRE LIKE 18 THEYRE BILINGUAL . IN MY ELEVEN YEARS OF AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLING I CAN NAME YOU LIKE 5 COLORS IN SPANISH

i’m a 14 years old argentinian girl and i run a blog in english

literally everyone in America hates the American education system and has thousands of ideas for how to make it better but nothing ever fucking changes 

Teaching other languages is a good idea, definitely, hands down, but not learning another language at a young age isn’t because Americans are ignorant or stupid or whatever. Learning English in general is necessary if you want to be successful in the future; that’s why other countries make it necessary to learn English. We have the leg up because we’re Americans. Of course we should learn other languages—it’ll help us become more in tune with the world, help us become more open-minded, etc. But because America is so isolated from the rest of the world, with only Canada on the top and Mexico on the bottom, learning another language becomes less of an issue.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned to appreciate since coming to Taiwan, it’s the American education system. Yeah, we have our flaws, but others do too.








perf-fect:

All of them so far








theselfproclaimedultimatenerd:

"Mr. Gorbachev… TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?!"

*Reagan gets hype as we enter a new age of American diplomacy*








Everything hits me when the days start to wind down. I sit at my desk with my roommate sitting at hers (like always, like fucking always). I do my daily things like check my email, check facebook, do some homework, watch some shows, and the monotony of it gets my mind to stray away on this flat road that’s just never-ending. I can imagine myself zooming down that road with snow dusting the trees around me and I’m just going and going and going and going. I really don’t know what I’m doing here. I’m like winding myself up for something.

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ceesquatch:

this is actually what texas sounds like








lookbookdotnu:

Waiting game  (by Elle-May Leckenby)

lookbookdotnu:

Waiting game (by Elle-May Leckenby)