Taking a Closer Look at the Failings of Our Criminal Justice System
It’s tough to give the strange people you meet on public transportation the benefit of the doubt.
Between the weird, smelly sandwiches they insist on eating to their utter disregard for your personal space, some of the strangest people you meet will be on the train. But one viral Facebook post might make you think twice about judging fellow passengers.
When 6’5″ tall bald man entered the sky train in Vancouver shouting, cursing and generally scaring everyone around, it was a 70-year-old woman who swooped in to ease the situation.
In a miraculous display of humanity, the woman reached for the man’s hand and held it, according to a Facebook post written by an observer.
“While everyone was scared, this one seventy year old woman reached out her hand, tightly gripping his hand until he calmed down, sat down silently, with eventual tears in his eyes,” witness Ehab Taha wrote.
Sometimes these kind of situations just need a mother’s touch, and the woman gave that to the man quite literally.
“I spoke to the woman after this incident and she simply said, ‘I’m a mother and he needed someone to touch,'” Taha wrote.
Taha’s takeaway from the event is one we could all use to remember in our most stressful commuting moments.
“Don’t fear or judge the stranger on the bus: life does not provide equal welfare for all its residents.”
We’ve all felt the disappointment of a bad test score.
As standardized testing has become the norm at an earlier and earlier age, some educators have noticed that scores sometimes deflate students’ self confidence.
Harmony Hill Primary School in Northern Ireland decided to do something about it.
In a letter that the school asked students to read before opening their Transfer Test scores, they gave kids a little pep talk. And it was beautiful.
The full note reads:
“Before you open the envelope with your score in it, we want you to read this first.
Inside the envelope is a score. It’s a score you’ve been waiting for but it might not be the score you’ve been hoping for. If that’s the case, it’s only natural that you will feel disappointed.
We will be very sorry about that and will feel disappointed ‘for you’ too – but we won’t feel disappointed ‘in you.’
Unfortunately, in life, things don’t always work out the way we want them to and it can take a little time to sort out the feelings and thoughts we can have when that happens. We know that each of you has worked very hard and with a great attitude. No score can ever take that away from you.
In fact, we believe that your attitude and who you are as a person is much more than any mark on a test. Who you are and the attitudes you have with travel with you whatever school is fortunate is enough to have you as one of their new pupils in September.
That is so important.
You are quite simply ‘unique’ and we are very proud of you. Make us proud whatever school you go to. Don’t give up easily when the going gets tough. Grow up to be kind, caring, generous, loving adults who make a positive difference to this world by how you live your life.
Remember, the score in the envelope is just a mark for some tests. It cannot measure how amazing you are! So, no matter what happens in the next few minutes, today you must celebrate YOU!
With love from all the staff!”
Now that’s how you encourage students to try their best.
People have been saying it for years. Barbie’s one-size-fits-all body type needs to go.
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After three consecutive years of plummeting sales, the big change couldn’t have come at a better time for Mattel.
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