Toy Soldiers

Jose Vilson 8 Comments

Every morning, I’m usually in the class, setting my board up for my homeroom class, who also happens to be my first period class on Thursdays and Fridays, so it’s almost like having an extended homeroom. The whole school routinely says the US’ Pledge of Allegiance, and the responsibility to recite it over the loudspeaker lands on a lady I’ll call Lady Pledge for purposes of anonymity. She usually starts …

Take a Bow

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I’m not sure if I still have a couple of sports fans reading, but notice how as soon as the Red Sox won the World Series and A-Rod opted out of his contract, the weather in New York got extremely bitter. Only with baseball does this happen. In any case, after the workshop model post, the doctorate post, and a million conversations with educator friends, I started thinking about the …

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A Synopsis of The Road Less Wanted

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Last week, I spoke extensively about one student who had some serious behavioral problems in his classroom, and how that’s a microcosm of what he’s going through at home. Whenever I look at kids like him, I know how to approach them because I’ve been witness to that environment. Unfortunately, because of program restrictions, I no longer work with the child after-school, but best believe I’m still paying attention to …

After Notes from the AfroLatino Immigration Discussion

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Yesterday afternoon, I attended a panel discussion entitled “Black, Latino, Both” sponsored by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (of which I am now a card carrying member) and el Museo del Barrio, and it took place at Harlem’s Schomburg Center. The panel featured Howard Jordan, Clarence Lusane, Yvette Modestin, Angela Perez, and Silvio Torres-Saillant, who I know from my Syracuse days. While I’m not inclined to discuss …

Incalculable

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Every year, sometime in September, teachers and administrators get a huge stack of papers describing to us exactly how our kids performed in the 2-3 largest tests in the city (for those outside of the city: Math, English / Language Arts, and Mastery of the English Language). I honestly feel sorry for the tons of trees that die on this occasion because 1) once it’s handed out, the higher-ups never …

1,572 Since Mission Accomplished

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Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” signs off his show with, “That is Countdown for this, the _ _ _ _ th day since the declaration of ‘Mission Accomplished’ in Iraq. I’m Keith Olbermann. Good night and good luck.” As of today, it’s been 1,572 days since that day (5/1/2003), 1,608 days since the start of the war (3/20/2003), and 1 president. We still have the same commander-in-chief. …

This Is Not a Parade Post

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After this post, you would think I’d be done with analyzing portions of my background. Then Sunday arrived: the annual Dominican parade. I had a meeting I couldn’t cancel in a place I couldn’t avoid. I had questions I couldn’t avoid like “Are you going?” and “Why not?” and “What’s good with the girls?” They’re all very valid questions but … It’s not that I hate parades. I like parades. …

And The Levee Was Gone …

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I just got back from New Orleans, after a delay with the airport shuttle (taxis are so indispensable), a delayed flight from NO to Charlotte, and then another from there to NYC-LaGuardiA. I won’t even tell you the airline’s name, but I’m wary about doing business with them again after all of that. Fortunately, one of my greatest qualities is my patience, so I just said “f*** it” throughout the …

N-Word Reverie

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This is what I was feeling last week. Before you judge, ask from whence it came. Hope y’all like … “N-Word Reverie” by Jose Vilson © 2007 They buried the n-word yesterday The National Association for the Advancement of People Who Are Often Defined As and Often Call Themselves The N-Word gave the last rites and buried the n-word With n-words praising the move and others dismaying it IT made …