Short Notes: And I'm Back - The Jose Vilson

Short Notes: And I’m Back

by Jose Vilson on October 12, 2008

in Short Notes

The Express\' Ernie Davis

A few notes:

- Math skills suffering in the United States according to the NYTimes? Definitely.

- I’ve been so busy, I’m wondering if I built enough consistency with the kids to really affect real change.

- I saw one of my students on the train on my way to a training. She was supposed to be a junior, but she’s a sophomore now. I asked her why she was a year behind, and she said, “Math.” My head hung low.

- Yesterday, I saw, among others, Kelly Tsai and Meagan Ortiz, at Bluestockings Bookstores in my native LES. The ladies performing there definitely inspired us. For more info on the collection of women’s stories, please click here.

- Yes, I did catch The Express (The Ernie Davis Story). As an SU grad, I almost felt an obligation to see the story, especially because people like him made it easier for people like me to go to Syracuse. The movie itself honestly caught me off-guard in a good way, finding myself really emotional throughout his journey. And Dennis Quaid, who people may expect to be that “white person who made the player,” actually played a coach who cares more about winning than his personal views on Negroes. There’s a sharp difference and Quaid played that beautifully. Also hurt me to see that Davis died at 23. I will be showing this to my kids. (more on this tomorrow)

- Another sign that certain prejudices haven’t left us but simply transformed: Mexicans in Colorado have to pay 10% more for their groceries.

- Even Homer Simpson’s voting for Obama. Then again, you never know with those Diebold machines

- Can we come to some sort of agreement on bilingual / English Language Learner education? Let’s hope so, and soon.


OK, I haven’t done this in a while, but here are some questions for you, my reader. Yes you.

1. What would you like to see in this blog?

2. Are there any topics I should get more into? Less into?

3. For people reading it directly from the site, does the blog layout work?

I can only promise to be me as far as this blog’s concerned, but you’re reading it too, so please answer away. I’ll leave this up for a while, too.

jose, who wants to be the master of all his trades …

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

brran1 October 12, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Maybe it’s just me, but I think the blog is cool the way it is. I wouldn’t change a thing.

brran1s last blog post..Whatever You Like

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Alisha October 12, 2008 at 8:18 pm

I like your blog the way it is, too! I lurk more than I comment, but that’s not a reflection of how much I enjoy reading. . . speaking of Diebold machines, have you seen the video “Uncounted”?

Alishas last blog post..Discovery!

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Jose October 12, 2008 at 11:00 pm

I haven’t, I believe. Wanna send me a link? And thanks to the both of you for the contributions.

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Hugh O'Donnell October 13, 2008 at 12:11 am

I, too, like your blog the way it is, Jose. I can tell you have a lot to say about a lot of stuff. But if you stick with what you’re passionate about, it will be of more value to us, your readers.

Make sense?

Hugh O’Donnells last blog post..RU Stuck? Task vs. Proficiency

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Jose October 13, 2008 at 12:48 am

I believe I do, and honestly, I’m with you on it. Thanks for your response.

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CathrynMarie October 13, 2008 at 1:13 am

I want to see naked hos on ur blog – videos and more gossip!! f all dis dry stuff, who cares about ur job and other crap. blah!

of course I am kidding :) your blog is listed in my favs because it is unique – VERY professional layout with topics that actually matter and leave you thinking. I may not comment often but please believe that I read em! It may take me a few days but they get read, sir! My point – of all the blogs that are mentioned on a daily basis they are stuff that is repeated and copied from other ish – only to later have ppl say they stole my content. All of that is not an issue here & it is refreshing to read your thoughts & views. Reading about your passion as a teacher is far more informative than what outfit 50 Cent will wear to the BET awards! So! Don’t change a bitchass thang..lmao :) – CaT xoxoxo

CathrynMaries last blog post..SouthBySouthwest – Sonic Bids – Dubbs Lane

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CathrynMarie October 13, 2008 at 1:16 am

ha – jst reading the other comments and I’m glad its not jst me who appreciates it the way it is! :) you actually take your time with it and most important – YOU’RE A WRITER not a BLOGGER (two HUGE differences!) That’s why it is liked the way it is – you lure us in with you being genuine.

CathrynMaries last blog post..SouthBySouthwest – Sonic Bids – Dubbs Lane

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