KRS-One, The Teacher

On The Reason Why You May Only Get One Black Male Teacher Ever In Your Life (If At All)

Jose 35 Comments

Here’s a real and researched statistic for you. Before college, I only had 1 Black male teacher. I also believe I had 1-2 male Latino (sorry for redundancy, it’s necessary) teachers in my lifetime before college as well. His name was Mr. Wingate and he taught me Computer Applications. In 12th grade. Nothing profound, but at my predominantly Catholic-Irish-Italian high …

I Give You My Heart

Recourse To Love [The Love Below Series]

Jose 3 Comments

This is my second “The Love Below” post. Ever wondered how kids are interacting romantically in public school right now? Read here. Two weeks ago (or was it last week? All of it is getting rather blurry to me), I broke up a fight between a really strong 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl who wasn’t quite as big. Being …


The Holiest Redeemers

Jose 2 Comments

She looks at her paper, rubs her head a little bit, and looks up at me, and says, “6?” “Yes,” I nod in a bit of a proud moment for one of my holiest redeemers. This year, in all of my classes, I have students who have a chip on their shoulder and have come out with a significant vengeance …

The Complexities of Responsibility

Jose 8 Comments

I’ve found a bit of a paradox. I bring this up because of the conversations I’ve been having with respected and degreed educators in my sphere, one whose very close to me personally and one whose cool with me professionally. Both have different schools and different situations, but both have the students in their schools in mind. On one end …

Batman, The Dark Knight

Whatever They Need Me To Be

Jose 6 Comments

No, it’s not the same. Mostly the same kids. Same subject. Same friendships. Same teachers in the building. Same madness in the beginning. Same school building. Same confusion as to what the heck students had on their heads and why they decided not to wear uniform if they’ve been to the school already. Same high hopes. Same uneasiness. But it’s …


I’ve Got Soul, But I’m Not a Soldier

Jose 12 Comments

It’s around this time of year that have to re-remember how to be Mr. Vilson and no longer Jose. This summer’s been great, and I’ve had many a revelation through this summer personally and professionally. I’ve rested, I’ve breathed, I’ve read, I’ve written, I’ve learned, I’ve loved, and I’ve lived. And now, I’m almost ready to face those children again. …