The Jose Vilson - Page 5 of 198 - Educator - Writer - Activist - Father

Get Up, Stand Up, Before The PowerPointers Do [The Takeover, Part 1]

December 23, 2013 Mr. Vilson

Because I don’t really take breaks, I’m writing a three-part series at my other space. Here’s an excerpt: Generally, you get the idea, but you’re left wondering, “How can we do this better? How can I do this better?” Yet, when it comes down to it, too many of us are still waiting for someone […]

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Why Yes, You CAN Address Inequality and Your Pet Project At The Same Time

December 22, 2013 Jose
Asa Phillip Randolph

Ever notice that whenever someone brings up issues of inequality, another person is bound to say, “Yes, that’s a necessary conversation, but let’s work on this [not-as-significant] policy issue first!” but then, when that’s resolved in one form or another, inequality is still on the table, left to those of us who deal with the […]

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Why New York Isn’t Ready For The Common Core [PhilanthropyNY]

December 17, 2013 Jose

I was recently asked to write for the Education Funders Research Initiative, a collective of education funders and researchers from around New York City, and their first question was, “Is New York City ready for Common Core implementation?” Of course, I saw plenty of problems with this statement: Right now, however, I don’t see how […]

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Interview with Fred van Leeuwen of Education International [Exclusive]

December 11, 2013 Jose
Fred van Leeuwen, Secretary General, Education International

  I had the pleasure of talking to Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary of Education International (EI), a 30-million member federation consisting of the world’s teachers unions and associations. [NB: NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and AFT President Randi Weingarten have seats on the executive board for this organization.] For the average teacher in North […]

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James Baldwin and Writing Through Disaster

December 8, 2013 Jose
James Baldwin

On Tuesday, at 7:30am, right before class, I found out my father passed away from my brother. The opaque skies of the early morning didn’t let up all day. My students acted as they usually do: adolescent, chatty, enlightened, irresponsible. My energy, however, didn’t betray me except in the few times they decided to quit […]

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Blaming Nature (On Vanessa VanDyke, Rihanna, and Natural Hair)

November 26, 2013 Jose
2013 American Music Awards - Backstage And Audience

In the hood, I’ve seen girls and women rock doobie wraps to tuck in a hairstyle they’ll show off the next day. It’s akin to wearing rollers or, for guys, wearing a doo-rag before gelling their waves. As someone who doesn’t have much hair, I always smirked at the doobie, a rather creative and neat […]

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