UFT Prez Michael Mulgrew, NYS Education Commissioner John King, and NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

A Note On Teacher Evaluations [A Memo For Sanity]

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

Remember a few years ago when I told you that trying to create equations for the intangibles is calamitous for any profession, especially education? If think tanks prognosticate that the 21st century needs ideals like collaboration and transparency, then we’re doing a poor job of exemplifying that in schools. On …






Tyrann Mathieu at the NFL Scouting Combine

The NFL Draft Has Lots To Teach Administrators [Edutopia]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 2 Comments

Here’s my recent article comparing the way the NFL recruits players in their scouting combine to what public education currently does. Stats and Equations vs. the Team as an Ecosystem Trying to develop equations for player effectiveness doesn’t always work well. ESPN tried to develop its own quarterback equation, but …






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Bloomberg Is The System

Jose Vilson Jose 0 Comments

Today, Greg Kristof of the Huffington Post reported that Michael Bloomberg has announced that he wants to have schools call up parents and deliver teacher evaluations directly to parents. This comes on the heels of the passing of a bill that clearly delineates guidelines for parent-school interaction when it comes …






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You Have No Idea What To Count, So Shut Up

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 1 Comment

Ira Socol, the unabashed scholar he is, dropped my first favorite quote of 2012 in his meme on December 30th: Things I don’t want to hear in 2012: (3) “Accountability” – you have no idea what to count, so shut up. Gospel. I almost fell on my face laughing. How …






Giving Rouge Parties Too Much Credit [On E4E and Sarah Palin]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

Part of me sees the parallels with giving Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) and Sarah Palin too much credit. They’ve both become popular for their views, and have the backing of conspicuous and inconspicuous organizations alike, both steering their “constituents” in the wrong direction. Case in point, NYC Educator pointed me …