This, That & Whatnot

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lotrlockedwhovian:

shehasathree:

kanthia:

raggediestandi:

itsvondell:

off-in-lala-land:

You know, if I was a parent, it would be at this point that I’d rip the game from his hands, stash it in my backpack, and force him to enjoy history goddamnit. This vacation cost a lot and the game is only for the hotel and travel time.

imagine trying to force someone to think that stonehenge is fun

"look kid we’re a ridiculous distance from a bunch of broken rocks how could you possibly be bored this is totally an appropriate vacation spot for someone this age."

Ah, fuck. Shit like this always gets to me, the tired old technophobe spiel and maybe it’s because it’s so rampant in my field (I work in outdoor education), but it just starts feeling so goddamn derivative after a while, nouveau hipsters who think the world is ending because kids play too many video games.
But what we’re missing is that this kid’s parents bought him his SP and a copy of Leaf Green (the employee at the game store said it would be perfect for him) so that he would shut up on the plane ride over and not bother them in the hotel, imagining that as soon as they touched down the kid would put the thing down and appreciate all the castles and grass and cafes and operas and rocks and ~*~culture~*~, because that’s what culture and history are, right? A bunch of old rocks.
What they missed is this kid staying up way past his bedtime the night before their plane flew out on message boards and chat rooms trying to find out which is the best starter, finally settled on a Squirtle and named it Rocky, and right now while his parents are appreciating rocks he and Rocky have got to save the whole world from Team Rocket because he’s a hero and that’s what heroes do and he’s so invested in this story and this world, he thinks he might have found the place where Machops live, why should he care about a guide droning on about Romans and a bunch of old people taking pictures?But please, go ahead and take the Gameboy from him, break it in half and remind him that you spent A LOT on this vacation, and HOW DARE HE. You will FORCE him to ENJOY his GODDAMN VACATION because it’s REAL LIFE. Wonder why he’s so upset, you’re the one who spent money on the thing? All he invested in it was time and emotion, and those things are definitely less important than money, when you’re eight. Wonder why he’s so disconnected from education, when you’ve managed to turn it into a punishment, a deprivation, a source of misery? Go on and repeat the tired old technophobe line until you’re red in the face, share it on Facebook and reblog it on Tumblr and retweet it on Twitter: nobody but you knows how to live ~*~REAL LIFE~*~ because we’re so busy exploring imaginary worlds.
Kids don’t just need to be taught when to use devices, we as their parents and guardians also need to be taught why they use devices. If a kid is more invested in Kanto than Stonehenge, why? How can we change our approach so kids ~*~appreciate real history~*~? And if not, can’t we just accept and appreciate that this kid will go back to the third grade, say “Yeah, I saw Stonehenge, it was neat, but who wants to trade a Haunter for my Machoke?”

the commentary!

I hope the person who wrote considers becoming an educator someday because world needs more people with this mindset. 

lotrlockedwhovian:

shehasathree:

kanthia:

raggediestandi:

itsvondell:

off-in-lala-land:

You know, if I was a parent, it would be at this point that I’d rip the game from his hands, stash it in my backpack, and force him to enjoy history goddamnit. This vacation cost a lot and the game is only for the hotel and travel time.

imagine trying to force someone to think that stonehenge is fun

"look kid we’re a ridiculous distance from a bunch of broken rocks how could you possibly be bored this is totally an appropriate vacation spot for someone this age."

Ah, fuck. Shit like this always gets to me, the tired old technophobe spiel and maybe it’s because it’s so rampant in my field (I work in outdoor education), but it just starts feeling so goddamn derivative after a while, nouveau hipsters who think the world is ending because kids play too many video games.

But what we’re missing is that this kid’s parents bought him his SP and a copy of Leaf Green (the employee at the game store said it would be perfect for him) so that he would shut up on the plane ride over and not bother them in the hotel, imagining that as soon as they touched down the kid would put the thing down and appreciate all the castles and grass and cafes and operas and rocks and ~*~culture~*~, because that’s what culture and history are, right? A bunch of old rocks.

What they missed is this kid staying up way past his bedtime the night before their plane flew out on message boards and chat rooms trying to find out which is the best starter, finally settled on a Squirtle and named it Rocky, and right now while his parents are appreciating rocks he and Rocky have got to save the whole world from Team Rocket because he’s a hero and that’s what heroes do and he’s so invested in this story and this world, he thinks he might have found the place where Machops live, why should he care about a guide droning on about Romans and a bunch of old people taking pictures?

But please, go ahead and take the Gameboy from him, break it in half and remind him that you spent A LOT on this vacation, and HOW DARE HE. You will FORCE him to ENJOY his GODDAMN VACATION because it’s REAL LIFE. Wonder why he’s so upset, you’re the one who spent money on the thing? All he invested in it was time and emotion, and those things are definitely less important than money, when you’re eight. Wonder why he’s so disconnected from education, when you’ve managed to turn it into a punishment, a deprivation, a source of misery? Go on and repeat the tired old technophobe line until you’re red in the face, share it on Facebook and reblog it on Tumblr and retweet it on Twitter: nobody but you knows how to live ~*~REAL LIFE~*~ because we’re so busy exploring imaginary worlds.

Kids don’t just need to be taught when to use devices, we as their parents and guardians also need to be taught why they use devices. If a kid is more invested in Kanto than Stonehenge, why? How can we change our approach so kids ~*~appreciate real history~*~? And if not, can’t we just accept and appreciate that this kid will go back to the third grade, say “Yeah, I saw Stonehenge, it was neat, but who wants to trade a Haunter for my Machoke?”

the commentary!

I hope the person who wrote considers becoming an educator someday because world needs more people with this mindset. 

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Filed under DON'T LOOK DOWN ON KIDS FOR GETTING INVESTED IN GAMES AND STORIES THEY ARE IMPORTANT AND FORMATIVE

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coolchulainn asked: the beedads

princessmedea:

  • big spoon/little spoon: Lancelot/Kariya (Monsieur du Lac is too lanky to do it the other way around)
  • favorite non-sexual activity: spending time w Sakura
  • who uses all the hot water: Lancelot, his hair takes a long time to wash
  • most trivial thing they fight over: Kariya’s insufficient knowledge of obscure bands that “literally changed music forever”
  • who does most of the cleaning: they do it together
  • what has a season pass on their dvr/who controls the netflix queue: Lancelot, Kariya will curl up next to him and watch  p much whatever he puts on and understand none of it 
  • who calls up the super/landlord when the heat’s not working: Lancelot, since he’s better at talking to people. Kariya tends to get a little flustered if he has to make calls like that
  • who steals the blankets: Kariya is literally an icecube and is always cold even under piles of blankets and two of his bf’s sweaters. there’s enough blankets on their bed to keep 5 people warm, so lancelot doesn’t have trouble getting his share even if kariya goes full burrito
  • who leaves their stuff around: Kariya, Lancelot is almost obsessively neat
  • who remembers to buy the milk: Lancelot
  • who remembers anniversaries: Lancelot
  • who cooks normally?: they  do it together and Sakura helps; mealtime is family bonding time from start to finish
  • how often do they fight?: occasionally, they try to keep it cool for Sakura’s sake but they both have a tendency to lose it when they reach a certain point
  • what do they do when they’re away from each other?: Kariya: get really flustered and mess a lot of things up; Lancelot: worry profusely about Kariya
  • nicknames for each other?: i’m skipping this bc i will literally die if i think about pet names in this situatiuon
  • who is more likely to pay for dinner?: Kariya keeps trying to pay but Lancelot insists on being a gentleman
  • who steals the covers at night?: answered
  • what would they get each other for gifts?: rare/obscure records and ugly sweaters
  • who kissed who first?: Kariya
  • who made the first move?: Kariya
  • who remembers things?: Sakura, the’yre both really forgetful tho Lancelot is a bit better
  • who started the relationship?: WELL I GUESS WE’LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT FOR COFFEESIPS 2 PT 2 my bet is on Lancelot though since i feel like he’d want to find out why Kariya kissed him, why he’s avoiding him now,  why his stomach does flip flops whenever Kariya is on his mind
  • who cusses more?: Lancelot
  • what would they do if the other one was hurt?: break down tbh :/

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therightnippleofarcher:

hatchuu replied to your post: hatchuu replied to your post: hatchuu …

he’d probably cry like a baby on cu who would totally understand. ‘there there bro, it’s okay, i get how you feel about actually ending up in a healthy relationship with a tough lady from another time who you respect enough to die for’

while patting dia on the back canon cu gives his au self a thumbs up and mouths ‘good job’. au cu gives a thumbs up back and mouths ‘thanks’

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