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My Love For School [And My Rancor For The System It's In]

February 14, 2013 Mr. Vilson

I started off the morning with a heavy dose of Stevie Wonder and Aventura, a random sampling of love songs I have on my iPod just to pass the time on the train. The building is super-silent at the time I get in there, perfect for getting my mind and papers ready for the 8am […]

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Style and Substance (or, At Least Three Things You Don’t Say To A Man of Color)

January 13, 2013 Jose
Martin Luther King Jr. by Marvin Koner

Moments like this make me want to ask, “Who ASKED you?!” Some of my frustration lately stems from the perception that making something look easy equates to the task actually being easy. Especially as it pertains to the site and everything surrounding it. The design, the content, the schedule, the photos, and the accompanying branding […]

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This Moment of Clarity [On Sandy Hook and Telling Adults To Shut Up Already]

December 16, 2012 Mr. Vilson

This post was supposed to be about me. The myriad of questions I’ve faced, the situations I’ve encountered, the tribulations of a Black-Latino NYC educator looking for reasons why our system continues to work against the interests of children, and the constant shaking of my head, not to the beat of whatever my iPod’s playing, […]

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Some Nights (What We Stand For)

November 29, 2012 Jose

Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck Some nights, I call it a draw Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off But I still wake up, I still see your ghost Oh Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand […]

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Thankful (After Thanksgiving)

November 23, 2012 Jose

I try to be thankful everyday. I’m always reminded that I have ancestors who didn’t and don’t have the same fortune I have, and how blessed I am to partake in meals with all of my family. It’s hard to celebrate a day you know was dedicated to what pilgrims perceived as manifest destiny but […]

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What A 55 Looks Like On This Side [Fail Is A Strong Word]

November 12, 2012 Mr. Vilson

Sifting through the multitude of ungraded papers, I looked for some sign that they actually learned something. I hate entering in 55s in my Excel sheet. A teacher can say whatever they want to the kids, and threaten them about not doing well, but most of us prefer that all of our kids do well […]

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