Politics Are Always At Play In Our Classrooms

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

On the Wednesday after Election Day 2016, I told myself to maintain my composure. For three weeks, I heard my mostly South and Central American students excoriate the President-Elect for his racist, sexist, xenophobic, Islamophobic comments over the last year. My students call out malicious behaviors quicker than many in …






Why Learning Math Is Political

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

For my own professional development, I picked up the book Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights by Robert Moses. The book equates the struggles Moses had with developing voter representations amongst the most underrepresented in the South with developing math knowledge / pedagogy into the curriculum in America’s classrooms. …






Why Teachers Are Political [A Rant]

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

I think it’s time for new political parties, and I mean it. After the debacle that was the release of teacher data reports, we saw a well-rated teacher say it’s crap, and a badly-rated teacher say it’s crap. Yet, the people chosen to represent “us” have yet to outright dismiss …






This Writing Is Less of a Run, More Like a Dance

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

Someone recently asked me (and I’m omitting the person’s name because it wasn’t a public question): A quick question? Do you feel like you have to be “politically” correct when you write your posts? This type of writing? It’s less like a straight run or a drive down a road, …






The Education Boogey-Men

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting educational innovators and thought leaders from throughout the country, people who I either admire for their awesomeness or have pushed my thinking in ways I hadn’t thought of. People like the Teacher Leaders Network and my folks on Facebook …






Tearing The House Down pt. 2: Hands Up For Haiti

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

For many of us in the United States, independence means a ton. Even for the most marginalized of groups, we scream and kick for it because of the hypocritical nature of this hollow pursuit of happiness. For most of us in this country, we enjoy freedoms that we often take …






At The End of the Day [The Letters Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

This week, I’m writing a few more letters to different people, whose names shall be removed from the post, but who nonetheless are amalgamations of real characters. I won’t be mincing words this week, and in these letters, I hope to address some issues I find in education as a …






Dennis Kucinich on Why He Voted No to Health Care Pt. 2

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

After reading this beautiful piece of work by Dennis Kucinich on why he voted ‘no’ to the House Bill on Health Care Reform, I went to his website and caught this little statement on his website as well: Following a statement on the Floor of the House of Representative, Congressman …