Jose Vilson vs. Barack Obama

Dear President Obama: It’s Not You; It’s Your Education Policy

Jose Vilson Jose 14 Comments

Dear President Obama, Ever since you started your run for President of the United States, I’ve had your back. I won’t recount the inspiring events of your presidency since 2008 here, though I’m sure you’re already replaying them in your mind, like that last great buzzer shot to win your last pick-up game. You’ve made few friends along the path to 2010, and wobbled the faith of many in your …

Thugnificent, Boondocks

If I Was Thugnificent

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Last night, while I got adjusted to my work-sleep schedule, I decided I’d catch the season premiere of Boondocks, a cartoon known as much for its concentration on the African-American experience as its satire and perverseness. In other words, it kicks ass. Last night’s episode focused on the campaign and election of Barack Obama and the contrast between the consciously apathetic Huey Freeman and the rest of the world, topsy …

Ghost Busters vs. Stay Puff

The Education Boogey-Men

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting educational innovators and thought leaders from throughout the country, people who I either admire for their awesomeness or have pushed my thinking in ways I hadn’t thought of. People like the Teacher Leaders Network and my folks on Facebook and Twitter offer conversations I don’t routinely have with anyone in my immediate work circle. I often get material months …

President Obama in School

Dear President Obama: The Education Voice Needs A Better Song

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

This week, I’ll be highlighting the voices of a few, proud, and dedicated bloggers who have an awesome voice and passion for this discussion about education. Please join me as I step back and let these powerful voices speak. Tonight, I give a preamble of sorts. Dear President Barack Obama, This week is the most important week of your legacy. As I write, the debate rages about health care reform, …

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, …

President Barack Obama in front of a UN Flag

Dear President Obama: The Confidence of the People

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Dear President Obama, First, I must congratulate you on becoming the first sitting US President in 90 years to win the Nobel Peace Prize, adding onto an already incredible resume that for any man, much less a Black man in America, should be lauded for. Despite the controversy surrounding the award, the idea that such a highly esteemed foreign committee of men and women would recognize your agenda as the …

President Obama Checking My E-mails

Dear Barack Obama: A Letter from an Urban Math Teacher to His President

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Dear President Obama, First, I’d like to thank you for your speech on education last weekend in Arlington, VA to high schoolers. I actually found it rather informative and refreshing to hear a current President talk about topics such as responsibility and effort in school. Your life stories as they pertain to school give a good back drop for people whose only picture you as elitist, conformist, and condescending. The …

Guantanamo Bay, the Parody

Am I Not Human: Guantana-Close

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

This morning on NY1, I saw some random meeting between some of the families of 9/11, and, when they were asked about President Obama’s closing (essentially) of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, they were outraged, OUTRAGED, and wanted them tried immediately. While I sympathize with their point of view about 9/11, I also have to wonder if they can get past the myopia and noticed that, like most Americans, they’ve …

Barack Obama as Jackie Robinson

Success Is A Process, Not An Event

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

The following is an excerpt from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewing Former Gen. Colin Powell, who commemorated the inauguration of Barack Obama, our 44th President. BLITZER: Did you ever think, Gen. Powell, that you would be alive to witness this day? POWELL: I didn’t know if I would or I would not. I knew the day would come eventually. I watched over the last 50 years, the 50 years of my …

Barack Obama, Lincoln, Experience

Before You Become President (Dear Barack Obama)

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Dear President-Elect Barack Obama (or whoever handles your mail), Like you, I’m just one man A writer with a vision, a community organizer with dreams Of an America where my President and Governer are Black in skin Wise in their decisions Vigilant in his ways Persistent in his pursuit of justice To do right by the American people But sometimes I wonder if I’m asking too much from a man …