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An Open Letter From The Trenches [To Education Activists, Friends, and Haters]

April 8, 2013 Jose
martin-luther-king-arrested

To my fellow education activists: I’ve come across a few pieces that concern me and others in the last few months, and we got some shit to talk about. On normal days, I wake up at 5:30am hellbent on kicking butt at work, metaphorically of course. The stirring in my belly long after my butter […]

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Chinua Achebe and Finding The Language For My Experience

March 25, 2013 Jose
Chinua Achebe

When Chinua Achebe passed away, my thoughts immediately took me to the fifth grade book fair. There, I found the cover of a book I found interesting. Knowing nothing about the actual book, reading level, or histories behind it, I decided to buy it for what was probably five bucks from my school’s library. Shortly […]

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Riot When You’re Black, Angry Need Not Apply

March 12, 2013 Jose
Riot

The newest truism goes: If you’re a group of color, you’re rioting. If you’re White, you’re protesting. If you’re multicultural, you’re marching. The recent so-called riots in Brooklyn serve as yet another example. For those of you unacquainted, concerned Brooklyn residents of all ages held a vigil and demonstration to protest the treatment of 16-year-old […]

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Educators, You Might Be A Good, Racist Person Too

March 7, 2013 Jose
riots

Ta-Nehisi Coates has a message for good, honest folk. Read: But much worse, it haunts black people with a kind of invisible violence that is given tell only when the victim happens to be an Oscar winner. The promise of America is that those who play by the rules, who observe the norms of the […]

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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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