Fun fact about American health care: if I ever need an organ transplant, I’ll somehow have to hide my autism, depression, and anxiety from the doctors, or else I’ll be disqualified under ideas about quality of life. It’s really great to know how valued disabled and neurodivergent lives are.

This is a very important issue, and has been one of the policy focuses we’ve had in the past year or so. There are some states trying to push through non-discrimination policies for transplants. For example, Paul’s Law in PA would, if passed, prevent mental and developmental disabilities from being used as a reason to deny a transplant. (Paul was a young autistic adult who was denied a heart transplant on the basis of being autistic.)

But it will take a lot of support to get these passed and in the meantime so many of us are at risk. 

Thank you for this post, sanityscraps.

This proves that our society quite legally considers people with disabilities as less than people, and less worthy of living. Legalized stigmas.

After spending all day in school, our children are forced to begin a second shift, with more academic assignments to be completed at home. This arrangement is rather odd when you stop to think about it, as is the fact that few of us ever do stop to think about it.
Instead of assuming that homework should be a given, or that it allegedly benefits children, I’ve spent the last few years reviewing the available research and talking to parents, teachers and students. My findings can be summarized in seven words: Homework is all pain and no gain.
The pain is obvious to kids but isn’t always taken seriously by adults. Backpacks stuffed with assignments leave students exhausted, frustrated, less interested in intellectual pursuits and lacking time to do things they enjoy. “Most of what homework is doing,” says literacy expert Harvey Daniels, “is driving kids away from learning.”
We parents, meanwhile, turn into nags. After being away from our children all day, the first words out of our mouths, sadly, may be: “So, did you finish your homework?” One mother told me it permanently damaged her relationship with her son because it forced her to be an enforcer rather than a mom.
The surprising news, though, is that there are virtually no pros to balance the cons. Even if you regard grades or test scores as good measures of learning, which I do not, doing homework has no statistical relationship to achievement in elementary school. In high school, some studies do find a correlation between homework and test scores, but it’s usually fairly small. And in any case, it’s far from clear that the former causes the latter. And if you’re wondering, not a single study has ever supported the folk wisdom that homework teaches good work habits or develops positive character traits such as self-discipline, responsibility or independence.

Alfie Kohn, The Case Against Homework (via thislifeunforgiven)

Shit I knew in school but was unable to articulate.

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To be honest, I think the biggest ‘problem’ is just that not everyone learns in the same way and this is just not a ‘one size fits all’ matter. For me personally, I think I actually learned a lot more doing my homework than at school. But that’s largely because I learn quite well doing stuff on my own rather than listening to people or having to do group work. I remember school as one big chunk of being largely zoned out while getting stressed because I felt that I should pay attention but couldn’t really do it. It just never really worked for me. But having gone to school in Germany over 10 years ago, I also had the huge advantage of having the afternoons off. Every afternoon. Because school ended usually at 1pm, sometimes at 2pm. And only during the last 3 or 4 years did we have one afternoon per week in which we had PE. So I did have a life outside of school, even way after I’ve done my homework. I remember learning about other countries’ systems when I started learning English when I was around 12, 13. And while school starting around 9 sounded awesome (for me it regularly started at 7:55am), I loved being able to leave again between 1 and 2, and being caught in school every day for the afternoon as well and then still having homework sounded absolutely dreadful to me. And it still does. I just don’t see any benefit in forcing kids into being basically machines that work harder than adults and have no free time and are defined by some stupid test results. You need to have a childhood as well and be able to make mistakes and fuck up a test without your whole life going down the drain because you didn’t study once. People, and especially governments, seem to be way too concerned with some ridiculous test results that say nothing about your intelligence or abilities or whether you’re a decent human being able to take responsibility. How are kids supposed to learn any of that when they don’t even have the time to be kids? 

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