Macho Man Randy Savage and Elizabeth

Macho Man Randy Savage, on Education Reform [And The Beat Goes On]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 1 Comment

I know he was probably a Republican, as are most wrestlers, but I honestly just felt like repurposing one of Randy Savage’s best monologues because it’s so relevant to things I see in our education discussions. And hilarious. Let’s do this. I’m talkin’ bout and the beat goes on, and the beat goes on, and the beat goes on, YEAH! And my fingers are typing right at you, Arne Duncan, …

Katrina

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

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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 )

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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]

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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, …