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Are Common Core Arguments Too Coddled? OMGLOL Yes.

November 24, 2013 Jose
Drake Laughing

Since the last time I spoke on the Common Core State Standards, people have started to stockpile arguments for or against them. Everything from “suck it up, life is tough” to “kids need recess, and a recess from CCSS” have been put to the fore, with the occasional #corespiracy coming from libertarians and people who […]

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White People Tell White People About Privilege, And That’s OK [Patrick, Chris, and Gretel] #educolor

November 21, 2013 Jose

First, I’ve always maintained that this site is a safe space to hash out issues of race and class for anyone willing to listen and learn. Even if people don’t come out of this site with the same exact understandings, I like to think we can agree without being disagreeable. In other words, let’s not […]

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Pop Your Collar For Parent-Teacher Conferences [New York Times]

November 19, 2013 Mr. Vilson
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A few weeks ago, I was invited to write for New York Times’ Room for Debate, a special web section of the Times dedicated to debating intense subjects of the week. This one was dedicated to parent-teacher conferences. I wrote: Critics call it a waste of time, of course. They argue that only the “good” […]

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First They Came For Urban Black and Latino Moms (For Arne Duncan)

November 17, 2013 Jose
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A few months ago, I walked past a “successful” charter school here in Harlem, NY, speed-walking to get my school supplies for the coming school year. I noticed a huge crowd of mostly Black and Latino families all waiting to pick up their children when a taut, pony-tailed White man came out with a clipboard […]

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Excuse Me, Your Privilege Is Showing (White Privilege in Ed Reform)

November 14, 2013 Jose
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It always starts when someone brings up a point about race within your “own” ranks. Whatever that means. I’m OK with taking on the role as education’s Race Man, but the more I write about it, the more prevalent these discussions become. It’s almost as if people are waiting for [insert name of favorite White […]

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I’m The M.E.T.H.O.D. Man (Classroom Questioning, Tiger Style)

November 12, 2013 Jose
Wu Tang Clan

Never be afraid to keep students at arms’ length from you work-wise. Therein lies the struggle right now with the immediacy of our work as educators. Too often, we torture ourselves trying to give away all the answers instead of waiting patiently for the right time to insert ourselves. The more we keep feeding them […]

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