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On Edu-Blogging While Negro [We Ain’t Even Supposed To Be Here]

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

A couple of months ago, in the middle of a few good conversations, Leonie Haimson reminded me that I was one of the first NYC edubloggers to do “it.” By it, we all understood “it” to be using a blog to speak up and out about educational issues. People like NYC Educator, Norm’s Notes, JD2718, Pissed Off Teacher, and the now defunct EduWonkette, informed my early thinking about how best …

What If You’re A White Teacher Teaching Black History? [Some Examples]

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

In my last post, I put down some thoughts on Black History Month, something I’ve written about at least once for the last four years. Every so often, I get a question that I ought to put in an FAQ section. For instance: “What if you’re a white teacher teaching about Black history?” I often reply, “Go right ahead, as long as you do it right.” Of course, you want …

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If You’re Teaching Black History Month This Way, Please Stop

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

First, I’d like to acknowledge that, on the chance that you’re actually celebrating Black History Month, congrats. You haven’t let the Common Core madness deter you from celebrating culture, whether it’s your own or someone else’s.  The decorations will spring up. Common faces like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Benjamin Banneker, and Will Smith will border the walls of a few classrooms, and probably a few hallways. There might …

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Black History Month: Documenting Our Bones, Our Blood, Our Lives [Listen]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

Tonight, my organization, Latino Alumni Network of Syracuse University, got a chance to co-sponsor a book event featuring Craig T. Williams, the author of The Olympian, a story based on the life of Dr. John Baxter Taylor, Jr., the first African-American (and one of the first Americans period) to win an Olympic gold medal. Williams’ retelling, compiled from obituaries, Penn State Relays records, and other articles from the time period, …

The Education Race Man On Black History Month 2011 (Exhibit V)

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

Normally, I don’t start posts like this, but imagine my annoyance at another misinformed message regarding Black History Month, this time from an unlikely source. Not sure who first posted it, but in the video, Morgan Freeman asserts two points: Black history is American history, so we shouldn’t relegate the history to a month. To an extent, it’s true, but then … The best way to get rid of racism …