Luis Rodriguez

Arizona Bars Children From Learning About Themselves (The Librotraficante) [Why We Write Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

What Luis Rodriguez makes evident in the following excerpt from the preface of Always Running is our responsibility to speak to the injustices of the world from the lens of a common struggle. Check: Criminality in this country is a class issue. Many of those warehoused in overcrowded prisons can be properly called “criminals of want,” those who’ve been deprived of the basic necessities of life and therefore forced into …

FireHose

Don’t Talk To Me About The Good Old Days

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

As recently as last month, I saw someone tweet that cops always made their whole city feel safe, and #OccupyWallStreet inspired a distrust of the executive branch unlike any other. It’s probably not the first time a Black person had to say, “I told you so.” It’s also not the first time a Black person had to say, “Are you serious?” to someone, however well intentioned, riding on the surfboard …

Bro Fist

Common Core Standards Alignment to New York State Standards, Vilson Edition

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 29 Comments

To my New York State math teacher brethren, By giving you these three PDFs, I’m also sharing where I work. Yes, I’m also going to say I made these documents, which is 85% true (the other 15% was done by others in my school’s math department, but I’ll give them absolute deference to within my school when asked “Who made these?”) Please note that these are just drafts and if …