James Baldwin

James Baldwin and Writing Through Disaster

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

On Tuesday, at 7:30am, right before class, I found out my father passed away from my brother. The opaque skies of the early morning didn’t let up all day. My students acted as they usually do: adolescent, chatty, enlightened, irresponsible. My energy, however, didn’t betray me except in the few times they decided to quit on themselves. My tolerance level for their defeatist retorts was next to nil. My reaction …


It’s Just Different [The Three Vilsons]

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

I have another confession: I’m still working with a few different Vilsons here. People assume that by now I’ve closed the gap between the Vilson that works for school and the one that writes in this blog. I wouldn’t say I’m suffering from multiple personality disorder, but let me expound a bit. Recently, someone asked me, in essence, to merge these entities I have into one image I can use …

Because James Baldwin Educates Educators, Too

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 4 Comments

Here’s James Baldwin, acclaimed writer and activist, on the purpose of education: Since I am talking to schoolteachers and I am not a teacher myself, and in some ways am fairly easily intimidated, I beg you to let me leave that and go back to what I think to be the entire purpose of education in the first place. It would seem to me that when a child is born, …