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Bad Principals, Too

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

At this point, I’ve tackled bad teachers not once but twice, and even wondered if I was a bad teacher. Yet, people fully expected me to talk about bad administration, especially bad principals. Sadly, the current narrative amongst teachers is to lay all the blame at the feed of administrators, at students, at parents, and everything and one else for a number of reasons, some good, some not-so-much. Even my …

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Bad Teachers Everywhere, All The Time, Even You

Jose Vilson Jose 11 Comments

In my last post, there was a big conversation in other areas about this idea of “bad teachers” and whether I should have paid more attention to discussing “bad teachers.” Cameron Diaz notwithstanding, the term “bad teacher” is a super-sensitive topic, one I don’t wish to treat with kid gloves, but a fine-toothed comb, because it merits serious discussion, especially through a racial and class lens. But let’s this out …

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Bad Teachers [Running Out Of Time]

Jose Vilson Jose 22 Comments

A few questions to ask yourself before you talk to me about bad teachers. What is a bad teacher? Out of the dozens of teachers you’ve had, how many of them would you actually call “bad”? Are you successful because or despite those teachers? Did your school environment exacerbate or blunt the effect of the bad teacher? Would you have “made it” if the bad teacher was a good teacher? …

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Writing Yourself Right Out Of The Burning House

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“Dear Self (& other writers)–If you’re not writing with the urgency of exile, what’s the point? Which is to say, your writing should convey so much immediacy, fire and risk that you chance being kicked out of something with each line. Your writing should make you fucking quake.” – Airea D. Matthews Kelly Wickham shared this quote with her friends recently and also commented that she thought about my recent …

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Race, Class, and Acceptability As A Connected Educator [Aspiring To Karen]

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

Karen Lewis matters to me for a myriad of reasons, both personal and activist. She isn’t just the leader of the Chicago Teachers’ Union and the CORE caucus that took the education world by storm with fiery oratory and community-centered energy. She symbolizes a new vision for progressive education reform, one that speaks proactively about the education deforms with the nuance that only a Black woman such as herself can. …

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My History As An Elective

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The first result from a Google Search I did on Indigenous Peoples’ Day was a racist rant from someone who clearly has a chip on their shoulder for the minimal advances that people of color have made in this country. It reminds me of an old adage used in my college days: white history is taught as a core course in college while other peoples’ history an elective. The idea …

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Not Good Or Bad, But Kids Nonetheless

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

This summer, I had the pleasure of going to Philadelphia’s Wooden Shoe Bookstore on my This Is Not A Tour book tour, co-sponsored by my publisher and the Caucus of Working Educators (a caucus of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers). In the midst of having conversation about race and education reform, I wanted to send a message of hope in the bleakest of times, knowing full well that in weeks, …

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A Progressive Education Agenda, Whatever That Means

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Nation’s “What’s Next for Public Education discussion, a collaboration with the New School featuring AFT President Randi Weingarten, NYU Professor Pedro Noguera, The Marshall Project journalist and author Dana Goldstein, and well-known parent activist Zakiyah Ansari, moderated by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes with a few words from NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Overall, I thought it was a good primer for some …

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What You Gonna Do When The Common Core Runs Wild On You?

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

“Are you ready for the Common Core?” “Survey says teachers aren’t ready for the Common Core.” “Districts haven’t been ready for the Common Core.” Most of the discussion that I’ve seen around the Common Core lately is whether our country has sufficiently prepared the nation’s teachers for the Common Core State Standards. Even in places that profess to have dropped the Common Core (and replaced them with Common Core-like standards), …