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Saying It When No One Else Will

by Jose Vilson on November 12, 2008

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Yes, I’m going to pop my colla just a smidget.

I never really guest-posted before. So what did I do? I asked Nezua what’s up with his guest-posting. He hollers back, letting some of us give our perspective. Check it:

The Forever After:

Barack Obama isn’t just a man in isolation or the man who’ll lead this country for the next four to eight years, but also a mass movement for that future, a bright one. Barack has overtly galvanized the country in his favor and has built a formidable youth movement that should keep this generation’s voice heard, but its soul intact.”

No, I’m not just saying it’s good because I wrote it. Please go read it. I mean right after you read this. edit: So good in fact that Vivir Latino linked me as well.

Then, Racalicious posted about the lack of racial diversity in the New York 40. A valid point, but don’t they mean New York 41? Didn’t get the memo? Gosh!

And not that you haven’t figured this out already by the big “EDUCATION” tag on the left side of my blog, but maybe someday, I’ll be tagged for Secretary of Education, or at least part of the Transition Team. At least one person seems to think I fit. (Thanks for including me, Rob and Core Knowledge Blog).

Oh, and before I forget … I used my SmartBoard for the first time this year. It was alright, I guess.

Jose, who needs to be capitalizing his name more often …

p.s. – OK, you can go read that blog now. HA! Comment, too.

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Short Notes: I Live For This

by Jose Vilson on October 26, 2008

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A few links:

  • Problogger has the most comments I’ve ever seen for one post. Awesome on all ends.
  • Electronic Village presents a video on Barack, Curtis, and the perception of manhood in the Black community.
  • Cute babies at Boing Boing plead their innocence. They swear they’re not terrorists. You be the judge.
  • The families of Brandon McClellan (Black man who was dragged to death) and Jennifer Hudson (mother and brother killed, nephew missing), I send my deepest condolences.
  • Yeah, I know you don’t like getting stats about the drop-out rate in this country, but it’s not going away (Thanks, LeaderTalk).

A point to make:

Early on in my career (yes, it’s a career now), we were told that there’ll be tough moments that’ll test our mettle, but we should always appreciate the small moments and inflate them as much as possible. That moment for this blog came at this comment:

Anonymous { 08.09.08 at 11:15 pm }
I agree with everything above; I am a gay high school student, in the bible belt, and have not yet come out to even friends and family. I am not so much afraid that they will abandon me, but I am afraid that they will never be able to think of me in the same way. I really appreciate you doing this for these teens.

Before that comment, there were only 8 comments on that post, 2 of them from me. And there were good points made, but I just kept writing, not thinking much about what I wrote. I posted this in January, and that’s where most of the comments ended. Seven months later, a young men somewhere out there puts that thought out there. I was so awed, I couldn’t even reply. I just kinda nodded in silence as I read it over again.

When I read comments like that, it’s not so much about how many comments I get, but about what they say.

I’ll get into that tomorrow. For now, comment as you please. I’ll be reading and nodding along.

jose, who is always halfway between the moon and New York City …

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The Cool Kids And Me

by Jose Vilson on August 6, 2008

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Alltop, all the cool kids (and me)

Guy Kawasaki recently put me onto this website called Alltop.com, a magazine type of site, that aggregates some of the great websites / blogs out there … and now I’m included in that list. Pretty cool all things considered. The concept for the site itself is pretty cool as well. For a demo on what I mean, check this out. At first, I thought I’d just find obscure edublogs that I never read, but to the contrary, 1/2 my education blogroll’s on there. When you get a chance, drop by the site. No, I’m not getting paid to say any of it, just needed to share things I run into on the ‘net, along with:

The Unapologetic Mexican, who highlights how even Paris Hilton makes John McCain look like he’s got a couple of screws loose;

Carmen D., who highlights how big corporations just swindled 5100 digital channels for free;

Clay Burell, who gives the other side of the soldier student argument;

Liza Sabater, who highlights people’s misgivings about real grassroots movements;

Tracy Rosen, who understands how kids learn through technologies and not just buzz words;

Brooks of Sheffield, who calls out the morons who cut lines, throw cigarettes on the ground, and don’t get up for senior citizens and pregnant women;

Amiri Baraka for writing a retort to those who see Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader as viable candidates instead of Barack Obama (courtesy of Christina Springer);

And Frumteacher, who clocked in as my top commenter (as far as number of comments) …

jose, who edited a few things here and there on his blog page …

p.s. – Carnival of Education hosted by Pass the Torch, right here!

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Yes, I’m Still Gonna Blog

July 31, 2008 Jose
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I just finished a PowerPoint for a presentation I need to do tomorrow for that big project that everyone / no one knows about. Even on vacay, I can’t go on vacay. It’s just not possible. However, I’ve been listening to some excellent music, drinking some quality beer, and learning and interacting with more people […]

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Short Notes: My Plan Is To Show You That I Understand

May 11, 2008 Short Notes
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A few notes: 1. I’m back to health mostly. It feels good, especially after taking the day off on Friday to handle that. I needed a little breather to finish out the year strong, and I wasn’t coming into work to spread my cold on anyone. Thankfully I think I’m ready for tomorrow’s challenges. 2. […]

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