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These posts are focused more on world events from an educator’s perspective. Raw and unfiltered, these writings tackle the tougher subjects.

Hate-Read This

January 29, 2014 Jose

My latest piece at transformED gets personal: But, at the end of the workshop, I left an impression with folks that, despite and because of my openness about my activism (and clear disenchantment with the DOE’s direction over the last nine years of my career), I actually have similar goals that many in central offices […]

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EduCon, Addressing Privilege, and Developing Learners Through Race

January 27, 2014 Jose

When friend Audrey Watters invited me to create an EduCon session, one that would eventually run concurrently with my Sunday panel on openness and transparency in education, my first reaction was “Ugh. Do we really have to?” Then she basically says, “Well, if we don’t, then we’re chickenshit.” Dayum. Before I could finish shaking my […]

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A Day On, Never A Day Off

January 15, 2014 Jose

Some news: my manuscript is officially turned in. Outside of a few edits here and there, I’m confident that this draft is the draft and every draft from here on after will be the grammatical equivalent of shooing away really tiny fleas. After the editing process proved to wring my deepest thoughts out like a […]

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The Top 8 Things That Are Just Like Apartheid, By Grant Wiggins

January 12, 2014 Jose
Nelson Mandela

That’s it. I’m proposing that, as of now, there be a Mandela’s Law, a Godwin’s Law corollary, which states that anytime you make inappropriate use of apartheid in an argument, you’ve already lost. Exhibit A (and Ground Zero): Grant Wiggins’ latest salvo on teachers and students having different restrooms and cafeterias. Um, what?! For one, […]

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My Secret Favorites From 2013, Because You Love Long Reads

January 5, 2014 Jose

When I posted my top ten blogs from 2013, Bill Fitzgerald wondered if these were also my favorites. Silly. Of course not. I love almost all my posts. Hopefully so do you. In case you didn’t, though, I sifted through each post and created a list of the ones that I loved that didn’t make […]

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No, YOU Shut Up! (What Matters In Education Discussions)

January 3, 2014 Jose
shutupcallmemaybe

One of my favorite moments last year was meeting Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. At the time, her name was floated around as the author of my book’s foreword. I was super-excited to get the chance to meet her, especially in light of the backlash against her and CTU after the epic teachers’ strike […]

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