Reflection on the Genesis [Genesis of a Nemesis Series]

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I had a few thoughts about my Genesis of a Nemesis series that I jotted down on my iPod Touch on the way back from Washington, DC, as the Smithsonian Institute gets ready to unveil plans for a new African American History and Culture Museum. – Some of you may ask yourselves: “How does he know what it’s like to live that life?” One could make the argument that, because …

Marvin Gaye

Oh Mercy Mercy Me [Genesis of a Nemesis Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

I present these ideas, abstract and concrete all at once. The disconnect between the problem and the solution persists. And it’s not strictly limited to my kids either. Children all over the United States and the world have their views on what education means to them, and how adults view the educational system in the country. Where do we go from here? When I have these discussions with my own …

White Noise

The White Noise [Genesis of a Nemesis Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

A Bronx teen was killed in a triple shooting. It happened around 10 p.m. Monday at 1225 Gerard Avenue in Mount Eden. Stare into the eyes of a boy whose eyes glistened rather than rolled Watch his skin deteriorate in a light powder In a finely-tailored suit covering his shell of an exterior This body used to contain dreams Jokes, Laughs, Emotions raw as the deal dealt to the young …

Boy As King

Whether They Wither or Weather The Perfect Storm [Genesis of a Nemesis Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

For the next 4 days, I’ll be writing about my students through their eyes, through mine, and then through your eyes, hoping that maybe we can grow from our limited thinking about our own students (myself included) and start to have real discussion, uncensored. Let’s get into it, shall we? He wakes up in the morning, glasses thick, sullied, and intact. He’s bit heavy set, and has a naiveté uncommon …

Life Magazine: The Negro and the Cities

I’m a Motherf*kin’ Problem [Genesis of a Nemesis Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 8 Comments

For the next 4 days, I’ll be writing about my students through their eyes, through mine, and then through your eyes, hoping that maybe we can grow from our limited thinking about our own students (myself included) and start to have real discussion, uncensored. Let’s get into it, shall we? He wakes up, splitting headache, and eyes puffy and black from the lack of sleep in his house. His mom …