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An Open Letter To NYS Education Commissioner John B. King [Testing Isn't Natural]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 4 Comments

Dear John B. King, Let me just get this out of the way: testing is not natural. Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that parents have gotten fed up with the abundance of testing placed upon their kids, and the continual dependence on standardized testing as a measure of actual student learning. The facts are out, the voices have started to quake, and the general tenor of the educational debate …

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You Have No Idea What To Count, So Shut Up

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 1 Comment

Ira Socol, the unabashed scholar he is, dropped my first favorite quote of 2012 in his meme on December 30th: Things I don’t want to hear in 2012: (3) “Accountability” – you have no idea what to count, so shut up. Gospel. I almost fell on my face laughing. How did he jump in my skull and pull that thought out? After the recent news that the UFT (yes, my …

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5 Things To Remember For Teachers Prepping Their Students for The Big Exam

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 1 Comment

I have exactly 5 days to prepare my students for the New York State Mathematics Test. 40+ multiple-choice questions, 8 short-response, and 4 extended-response. Cathie Black Dennis Walcott and Co. implicitly put the burner under our butts when they released our Teacher Data Reports a couple of weeks ago for us to peruse and look at the smooth graphics. Fully aware that these reports mean nothing, I can either go …

Hooray Accountability …

Jose Vilson 3 Comments

I like sitting down listening to Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and thinking whether they had a worry in the world while smoking their drugs in their recording sessions. At the time of that song’s creation, they were already considered geniuses, so they didn’t really have “bosses,” or anyone to really hold them accountable outside of their mothers. The same can’t be said for the average worker in NYC these days. …