Dumi Lewis

A Brick In The Path (Promised Lands Are Never Promises Kept)

Jose Vilson Jose 0 Comments

“Originally a biblical reference to the land of Canaan promised to the descendants of Jacob, The Promised Land represented a new physical space where the old social order would be dissolved and from which opportunity would spring. The Promised Land was geographic, political, and simultaneously corporeal and non-corporeal.” From the …

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Who Are The Rest of Y’all? (On Dr. Emdin’s For White Folks …)

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

First, it’s important to note that I’ve been following Dr. Christopher Emdin’s ascent into superstar academic. From the hip-hop pedagogy classes he organized at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the collaborations with Wu-Tang Clan elder statesman GZA to conferences in South America and rendezvous with Kendrick Lamar, the dapper dandy …


Schools on Trial And What Does Progress Mean?

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

I don’t have rules posted in my classroom. I’ve been issuing mandates asking students to respect each other, respect themselves, and respect the classroom and environment around them. As steward for the environment around me, I haven’t had many challenges to these rules from the students themselves. I don’t know …


A Not-Review of More Than A Score [Edu-Activated]

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

In the spring of 2014, a few books dedicated to the “Education Spring” revolt came out from various publishers, one of which was mine, and the other was More Than A Score, a collection of stories edited by Jesse Hagopian from numerous dissidents from across the nation. [Full disclosure: Haymarket …


Chris Lehmann, Zac Chase, and the Game of Inches

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

The change we seek in education too often seems like a game of inches. If we truly believe in two sides of education reform (I don’t, but let’s go with that for now), one side seems to get most of the big players, complex plays, the largest stadiums, and folks …


Mission High and the Full Beauty of the World

Jose Vilson Jose 13 Comments

Let me first recommend everyone read Kristina Rizga’s Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried To Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph (Nation Books, 2015). I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you how many education books I’ve read in the last few years that …