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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

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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Short Notes: Educator’s Rights Tied To Women’s Rights, Again

September 16, 2012 Short Notes
Bill Clinton: Don't Hate, Calculate

A few notes: Erin Gloria Ryan shows three stupid ways to discuss the Chicago Teachers’ Strike. [Jezebel] The support / disapproval of the strike seem to lie across racial lines. If you’re surprised, read this. [The American Prospect via Alexander Russo] Remember when the terms “liberal” and “progressive” were synonymous? These five prove the shift. […]

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Theatricality And Deception, Powerful Agents For The Uninitiated

August 5, 2012 Jose

This is the post where I almost started off with a “Dear White People.” This is going to lean towards education, but applies pervasively. I’m referring to the educators who still want to save the children, the ones who still think they’re teaching their subjects and not actual students, the ones who see teaching as […]

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