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Quvenzhané Wallis, Matthew McConaughey, and How We See Our Children of Color

February 25, 2013 Jose
Quvenzhané Wallis on the cover of Entertainment Magazine

I have a confession: I’ve never seen Beasts of the Southern Wild. As a relatively new parent, I don’t always have the time or the funds to make it out to the movies very often. But that’s not the purpose for my essay because, when it comes out on Netflix, I know I have to […]

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On Edu-Blogging While Negro [We Ain't Even Supposed To Be Here]

February 12, 2013 Jose
Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

A couple of months ago, in the middle of a few good conversations, Leonie Haimson reminded me that I was one of the first NYC edubloggers to do “it.” By it, we all understood “it” to be using a blog to speak up and out about educational issues. People like NYC Educator, Norm’s Notes, JD2718, […]

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Race and Intellect, or Except for You, You’re The Smart One [Unreleased]

December 27, 2012 Jose

This week, I’m releasing some of the pieces I’ve written that never saw the light of day for different reasons. Here’s the second. Release Date: 12/03/2012 Dear New Teacher, A few questions to ask now that you’ve gotten your feet wet at your job: How many friends of color do you have in your circle? […]

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Discomfort is the Starting Point, Not the End Goal When It Comes To Race [Edutopia]

December 5, 2012 Mr. Vilson

An excerpt from my widely-distributed Edutopia article on race: 1. Discomfort is the Starting Point, Not the End Goal Discussions about big ideas like race, religion and politics necessitate some discomfort. By discomfort, I mean that people who participate in the discussion have a degree of soul-searching and reassessment about their own perceptions and biases. […]

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On Junot Diaz, The Kennedy Center and Affirmative Action [Latino History Series]

October 1, 2012 Jose
DIAZ

An awesome thing happened today when Junot Diaz, author of the meritorious and raw The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and more recently This Is How You Lose Her, won the MacArthur Award / Grant. As a fellow Dominican, my initial thought was, “Watch how many new cousins, aunts, and former lovers he suddenly […]

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Some Educators Love The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

September 18, 2012 Jose
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

As a new father, I’ve memorized the theme songs to every Disney Channel show from Little Einsteins to Doc McStuffins. Personally, I’m a fan of Handy Manny and Octonauts, but only because my son smiles so hard at “Creature report! Creature report!” Frankly, I can’t hate on any of the aforementioned shows because I watch […]

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