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Education Nation: So Let Me Get This Right The First Time

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

Let me get this straight: If I put a cabal of pseudo-educational leaders together in one small panel and parade them around different shows and news outlets, start up conversation pages but prevent all voices to participate, rile up a fringe group of educators who laud the likes of Diane Ravitch and Leonie Haimson, and make a separate event “dedicated” to educators during a low period of TV watching, I …

Duncan: "You're really gonna tell these people that? I'm so screwed."

Racing Requires Winners and Losers

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

On face value, getting money for education from the government is awesome. As a left-leaning voter (with no party), I should celebrate the government’s intervention in boosting the value of our schools most in-need. I should be happy that within the last few months, New York State has garnered at least 520 million dollars in Obama aid from a purported “teacher” bill earlier this month (by my calculations) and another …

Damage after Hurricane Katrina, School Bus

On Why Your Colorblindness Can Strike Me As Covertly Racist ( #EdChat Edition )

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Let me make it plain: conversations in too many sectors have this strange relationship with race these days, and by strange, I mean covertly racist. This sentiment is best exemplified by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s latest quote about New Orleans (thanks, Fred Klonsky): “I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina. That education system was a disaster, and it took …

Barack Obama at School

At The End of the Day [The Letters Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

This week, I’m writing a few more letters to different people, whose names shall be removed from the post, but who nonetheless are amalgamations of real characters. I won’t be mincing words this week, and in these letters, I hope to address some issues I find in education as a whole through these letters. If need be, I’ll apologize later. Actually, I probably won’t. Dear Barack Obama, It’s me again, …