Dissociative Identity Disorder Has Its Perks

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On Tuesday, my 2 personalities came out simultaneously and exploded on my blog. No, this isn’t an apology. Far from it. It’s an admittance that either a) I have problems or b) I have a lot of unresolved conflicts with education. Either I’m going to be a teacher / educator for life or I’m going to become a principal or a policy writer at some point. Either I love summer vacations or I’m going to use them to prepare myself for the upcoming school year more thoroughly. And this education thing isn’t the difference between choosing sprinkles on my ice cream or not; it’s a serious life choice.

Last night, for example, I went to a grant planning meeting somewhere in Brooklyn. As I’m sitting there, I’m already thinking about my “imaginary” school, and listening to the voices of the many I’ve studied. Almost everyone in the room was a principal, and thus, well-suited and at least a decade older than me. Yet, it was almost second nature. I definitely felt like I belonged. Weird.

Jose, who’s still working the kinks out …

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José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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  1. Damian

    Speaking as a mental health professional, you need immediate assistance. I think you’ll find my rates quite reasonable.

    Seriously though, I know what you’re going through (hence my departure from the classroom earlier this year). One of the reasons I left teaching was because I felt I could make a broader impact in a different role. I’ll never downplay the importance a good/bad teacher can have in a kid’s life, but there are some systemic issues that are difficult, if not impossible, to address in that role.

    Sometimes the best way to fight the power is to become it.

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