School Shootings, Regrets, and a Chin Up

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Did I not fix my face this morning? Did I not prepare enough for my lesson to sufficiently engage my students? Did I talk too much, explain too little, ask too much, or push too hard? Should I have let her go to the bathroom? Should I have prevented him …

Asean Johnson

Our Children Are Activists, Too [BK Nation]

Jose Vilson Jose 0 Comments

I had the pleasure of writing for activist Kevin Powell’s BK Nation. I dedicated my first piece to children and adults’ rapid dismissal of them as a false comparison to generations past. Observe: We’re so quick to judge our youth that we lose the opportunity to reach out to them …


7,000 Children Left Behind

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

A couple of weeks back, newspapers across the city reported that around 7,000 students were wrongly sent to summer school because of their ELA or math test scores. I’m almost certain a few of those include my own (former) students. For those of you who don’t know the inner workings …

Mayor Mike Bloomberg of NYC with Mayor Boris Johnson of London

The Shakes, For Real

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

This afternoon, I posted the following joke on my Facebook: If school was in session, Bloomberg wouldn’t close schools. Around lunchtime, he’d say, “Let them have shakes.” I jest. Well, for the most part. Surprisingly, there was no announcement from our mayor on anything. NYC Educator might quip here that …

Listen Like a Child

April Foolishness

Jose Vilson Jose 0 Comments

This past weekend, I went to Washington DC, home to clean public transportation, Greco-Roman-inspired monuments, and some guy named Barack. I love the place like The Count of Monte Cristo loved Haydee, should anything happen to my dear Mercedes (a.k.a. NYC). I did a fair amount of education-related stuff there, …