Short Notes: Show Your Soul

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

A few notes, for real: 1. The new Sports Museum of America in downtown Manhattan: FAN-tastic! Stressful because it’s a trip, but it was a good reward for those kids who did well. 2. The Staff v. 7th Grade Students basketball game was fun. I didn’t know I could still play since I haven’t played a real game in a year or two. 3. I finally have the right idea …

props to Mark Parisi

Curmudgeons Who Don’t Like Class Trips Huff and Puff

Jose Vilson Jose 11 Comments

After that passionate imaginary letter I wrote to one of my students on Tuesday, a few questions came up about how I approached the situation. Did your administration support you through this decision? In a word, yes. Though I knew I was right and I thought about my decision clearly, I still consulted with fellow teachers and administration, and I got the right response. I didn’t have to ask my …


You Just Might Find You Get What You Need

Jose Vilson Jose 14 Comments

No, I can’t let you go. Since the beginning of the year, I knew you had lots of potential. Yes, we had a rocky start. You are the jovial joker, who has little to no restraint with his wants and desires. Your mom supports you, and you seem to bring a smile to her face even when she’s done. Yet, she hasn’t taught you restraint, especially in academic settings. You …


Colossal Collisions

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

I went with my girlfriend a week ago to the American Museum of Natural History near Central Park (NYC), mainly to watch the movie Colossal Collisions with the voice of Robert Redford (wondrous, really). and it just got me to thinking about our place on this Earth. For all that we clutter our lives with, the politics, debates, bills, social life, anger, hate, and yes, even love and / or …


Define Friendship …

Jose Vilson Jose 8 Comments

“Add ____ as a friend.” “Befriend ____” “Accept or reject this friend?” Social networks these days have utterly confounded the term “friendship.” OK, that and the growing ambiguity in romantic relationships in which “It is what it is” and “it’s complicated” have become acceptable labels for a relationship status. The term friend becomes even more confused when people don’t learn to categorize and prioritize. I hate to say it, but …


Pretty Sure I Got This

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

Today was one of those days in which I had my homeroom for the entire day. That happens every 2 months or so, when they have a state-provided exam and the homeroom teacher has to administer said exam, order them alphabetically, and still have the same students for a double period of class right after lunch. It’s a daunting task to have the same group of students for 5 periods, …

Simple and Clean

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

No, just got in a mess. Girlfriend graduating tomorrow and discussions on what assimilation, acculturation, reparations, and alladat really pushed any writing time out of the way, which I don’t mind. But I think I got some good posts for you all. In the meantime, riddle me this, Batpeople: What is a friend? Yeah, easy right? Right … I repeat, what’s a friend to you? jose, who’s keeping it reeaaalllly …

NBC Olbermann

Short Notes: I’m Past Bluffing

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

A few notes: 1. Keith Olbermann just told President Bush to shut the hell up on national TV (watch the video). Say what you will about Keith, but that’s commendable. 2. Bin Laden’s going to drop another tape. I call it BS, and BS by any other name … is actually still BS. 3. What were John McCain and George W. Bush doing during Hurricane Katrina? Was it a. going …


Dubya Fumbles Again (Nazi Who?)

Jose Vilson Jose 13 Comments

Today, I read the latest news that George W. Bush, our president, compared his political opponents in America to Nazi appeasers. He didn’t mention anyone by name, but I’m sure Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama were taken aback at the slight from such an aloof leader. If there was ever a more inappropriate but frankly ironic quote, it’s GW calling others out for their support of the Nazis, not only …


That Damn Etiquette

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

When I read about the recent arrest of the infamous “Soulja Girl” (synopsis: she harassed an old lady on Atlanta’s metro train system, and the video got viral. for more info, watch here), I applauded. No really, I applauded all by myself in front of my computer. This was a situation that shows, really, the degradation of our youth. That huge sense of entitlement and unharnessed lawlessness really gets on …