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emilyelizaveth:

Language is constantly evolving and the concept of “proper english” is racist and classist, and just because someone uses vernacular does not mean they are unintelligent.
I am so fucking sick of people with zero knowledge of linguistics/how languages work acting superior because they think they way they speak is more “correct” like cool if you want to follow all the conventions of grammar at all times good for you just don’t rub it in other people’s faces.

To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.
Hermann Hesse  (via elige)

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princess-neville:

i know it’s ridiculous that college/university in the US is so expensive, but what people don’t understand is that in the US, the college experience is a whole different animal? colleges and universities, to my understanding, work very differently in other countries, in the US you’re paying for…

Most international league tables rely to some extent on reputation, in that they’re based on academics being asked which institutions are respected in their field. The cultural domination of the English language allows English-speaking institutions to dominate. The US, being larger, has way more academically significant universities than other English-speaking countries.

The actual model of what university/college is for does vary from country to country, and the US is unusual is favouring a broad education through the major-minor system. In most countries one would traditionally specialise in one subject, though there are specific notable exceptions: eg if you want to go into politics in Britain, it’s probably a good idea to study ‘PPE’ (politics, philosophy and economics) at Oxford or Cambridge. Some British institutions (eg Keele) now offer lots of combined degrees in a somewhat more American system. It is true that these different approaches to teaching do create different economic pressures, though I’m not sure there’s anything about that which would make university more expensive. In countries like the uk where single-subject and joint degrees are often available at the same institution I’m not sure anyone’s ever tried to claim that teaching joint honours students is more expensive.

The amount of money going from states to American colleges has gone down significantly, and expenditure on (for example) college sports has risen. So I don’t think complaints about the cost of college in America are just born of naïveté about other systems. It’s worth noting that Germany recently abolished all tuition fees http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/germanys-great-tuition-fees-u-turn/2011168.article
And, to return to the league tables point, Edinburgh is usually ranked in the top 20 in the world and has low fees for Scottish students. Admittedly, these are effectively subsidised by international students

Guys, fairly sure that when women say they’d like men to be feminists, they aren’t like, looking for instructions on how to do feminism. It’s like “look I made lasagne, would you like some?” and you’re like “sure why not? Although, I’m not sure this is really up to my standards tbh…hmmm..yeah. Let’s start again, follow my lead”

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