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Five Blogs You Need To Have In Your Feed Right Now 2010

by Jose Vilson on August 23, 2010

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Me Thinking

While working on the “magazine,” I thought I’d share some of my favorite blogs from around the blogosphere. While not all of them are education-related, all of them belong somewhere within your regular reading / watching material. I was also going to title this “Five Blogs To Read That Aren’t NYC Educator” simply because I give deference to people like him, JD2718, and Norm’s Notes as people who influenced my blogging in big ways. Here’s my list. You’ll love it.

Nancy Flanagan’s Teacher In A Strange Land

Nancy’s blog always goes for the neck in ways that I’ve only seen Salt and Jason Statham in The Expendables do this summer. She does a clean, intelligent, and intricate job on the current forces leading this country’s educational system downwards. She’s fearless in her candor, and timely with her posts. Check it out.

Danyel Smith’s The Smithian

I failed to mention yesterday that a big inspiration for me to get a Tumblr came from Smith’s Tumblr. I didn’t consider it much before until I saw the power in collecting the random, the informative, and the obscure in one space. She posts frequently, and the posts are often worth discussing.

Fred Klonsky’s PREA Prez

He’s got this wit and spark about him that you’d vote him for president yourself. Fred’s posts have that great union lean, but more importantly, a focus on the politics surrounding an educational issue. He’s also humble about his craft and willing to cull some of the best information out there so he doesn’t have to reiterate it for you. Love this blog.

Jeff Pearlman’s Self-Titled Blog

I’m not one to fawn over his favorite writers like this, but Jeff Pearlman’s a guy that won’t get an ego about it. He’s a sports writer who’s got a great catalog to date, but he’s also a blog writer who cares deeply about the things surrounding the sports he loves so much. He writes with a passion that puts him in the echelon of writers I’ve mentioned above, and I rarely see that.

EducationCEO’s Self-Titled Blog

She’s guest-written for this blog before, but it’s worth noting again just how great her blog is. Not everyone agrees with all her positions (I know we’ve had some rather lively discussions), but it’s all to the good. She doesn’t mince words about anything and she comes completely jargon-free! No pretense, no act. Just lucid writing.

That’s my hand. What do you all have?

Jose, who loves sharing and sharing alike …


Short Notes: Should Auld Acquaintance Really Be Forgot?

by Jose Vilson on January 3, 2010

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New Years' Day Bottle

New Years' Day Bottle

A few links:

  • Lots of things have changed since we ended a decade. Here’s a couple. [Source via Twitter]
  • The often plucky and quixotic former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy imparts wisdom about leadership. [Steve's HR Technology]
  • The rumors of Jay-Z’s membership in the Illuminati continue with this ebullient and artsy video, featuring Swizz Beats and a sample from tech-band of last year Justice. Needless to say, this is my anthem of the year, demonic references or not. [YouTube]
  • I know that Haiti’s independence day passed on the 1st, but my cousin Vanessa taught me about this Haitian tradition. It’s called Soup JouMou. Find out more here. [Wikipedia]
  • 9-year-old Anthony Maldonado’s murder reminds me of when people in my neighborhood were stabbed to death over a pair of Jordans. The recession is not just economic. [New York Daily News]
  • Non-web designers beware: do not pull these stunts on us. You will be outed. [The Oatmeal]
  • Yes, I’ve temporarily disabled all the content on my main spot. It’s about the future. [The Jose Vilson]

I believe that famous New Year’s song’s first part,

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?

CHORUS:For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Frankly, I had no urgency to really sing it or give it thought until I started to read some of the conversations had by many around New Year’s time. Some people questioned the validity of New Year’s resolutions while others held fast to the idea that there’s a “newness” to the year so there was no need to criticize people who wanted to make New Year’s resolutions.

I too had to give this some serious thought. Sometime in the first week of December, I mentally jotted some clear and ostensible goals for what the rest of my life might look like. While I’ll not mention most of these goals (since everyone will see these come to the fore within the next couple of months), I also saw the value of my impatience. New Year’s Day generates too many people making long lines at the treadmills at gyms, stocking up on vitamins and doctor’s appointments, reserving their soon-to-be-cancelled plane tickets to popular mystical destinations with promises to flush away their tribulations and regrets with the previous year.

Our attempts at measurements of time, in the perspective of time, is cute at best, but mostly hollow. The one true thing I’ve found with respect to time is that we can only control what we do while it passes. If we decide to exercise patience for some things or execute quickly, the important part is to do so intelligently, with strong motivation, and with respect to your own history. Here are some things to ask:

  • Who will decide whether you’ve moved on from some ugly episode in the previous year?
  • How will you do it?
  • When will you actually do what you said you would?
  • What’s your motivation for making these things happen?
  • If the need to wash something away is so pressing, why wait until January 1st?

It’s not so much that I doubt people’s ability to change and do so purposely. It’s that I think we need to reconsider what we define as the “new year.” What does your “new year” look like?

Jose, who really doesn’t wanna go to school tomorrow. Just like in old times.

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