Education Policy’s Roost (On Social Justice Warriors)

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

Less than a year ago, I was in a heated conversation (we’ll call it that) where a few folks who disagreed on education policy brought their frustrations to full display. Unbeknownst to the folks who I agreed with, the conservative dissenters are encouraged to engage with, start sh*t, and frustrate …


Gritting My Teeth Over Grit (Bootstrap Theories)

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

On Facebook, I wrote: My worst enemy isn’t just the system, but what the system does to my students’ self-worth and confidence. The daily fight against belief. Don’t talk to me about grit; talk to me about systems of callousness and the incapacity for love and compassion. Talk to me …

Thurgood Marshall Celebrate Brown vs. Board

We Must Not Be Defeated (Optimism In May)

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

62 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, we’re still having a passive-aggressive argument over whether every school-aged child deserves equitable funding for their school. Three-score and two years ago, the legendary Thurgood Marshall led one of the most influential civil rights cases in the nation in BvB, a case …


Education Giveth, Education Taketh Away [Guest Post]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts 4 Comments

Education in the form of boarding schools caused so much destruction, pain, grief and struggle that our people are still feeling today. Boarding schools are the direct cause of many of our native languages now being extinct or endangered, the cause of so many lost ceremonies and so many people so far from our traditions and beliefs.

Education has stolen so much from us, but has the power to give it all back.


Who Will Lead The Edu-Revolution? (Pulling The Race Card) [Guest Post]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts 5 Comments

We need a movement that doesn’t seek to “reform” or “refashion” an antiquated system, but desires to radically change it. We need educators who are just as familiar with Paulo Freire as they are with John Dewey, whose educational philosophy is rooted in a real and authentic sociology. Educators need to be race- and class-conscious, and view their work as a response to prevailing social problems.


Drugs Can’t Get You High As This [Educate, Educate]

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

It’s been two weeks of not-real-teaching. The first week of April was mostly dedicated to the agita of the ELA (English-Language Arts) test, from the content of the exams to the new procedures. Stripping the set times from the ELA test proved worrisome for the adults more so than the …