Dred Scott

On Making Sense of One’s World Through Inference

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

Two weeks ago, I had the strangest dream where I was back in college on a panel in the midst of a few familiar people, one of whom I disliked for the majority of my organizational career. I remember her spouting some nonsense about the so-called Black Agenda and what …






Because the difference between six and five can be very damned important

The Real Purpose of Math Is …

Jose Vilson Jose 0 Comments

Anyone who’s ever had to fill in this blank understands my pain: “The real purpose of learning math is _____” I have a variety of answers, but usually, it’s straight-forward: much of the math you learn is applied to real-life situations, and the ability to do it yourself with no …






Ill Communication

Communicating The Inability to Communicate

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

Today, I proctored the listening portion of a state exam that determines whether or not a child knows the English language or not. My first instinct with this particular statewide test is that, through my own informal observations, students can pass the regular state exam but when it comes to …






Incalculable

Jose Vilson 11 Comments

Every year, sometime in September, teachers and administrators get a huge stack of papers describing to us exactly how our kids performed in the 2-3 largest tests in the city (for those outside of the city: Math, English / Language Arts, and Mastery of the English Language). I honestly feel …