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Short Notes: I’m Not Burning My A-Rod Jersey

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A few notes: If every customer of McDonald’s paid 22 cents more for their Big Mac, their workers could make a much better wage overall? What are they waiting for?! [The Daily Beast] Dave Zirin writes a  great piece on why the MLBPA (the baseball players’ union) should back A-Rod, no matter what we actually think of him. [The Nation] …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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Pat Buchanan, Trayvon Martin, And Why Racism Isn’t Going Away

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When Scott McLeod sent me this tweet, I said, “What?” "America has been the best country on earth for black folks" http://t.co/52u5trmLOQ Yes, some people really think this way. cc @thejlv #ugh — Scott McLeod (@mcleod) July 24, 2013 No way. I know this was written back in 2008, but it’s worth re-reading because of the recent conversations about race, …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

Jose VilsonPat Buchanan, Trayvon Martin, And Why Racism Isn’t Going Away
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10 Things You Can Do In School After The Trayvon Martin Tragedy

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Thanks to those of you who contributed awesome comments to my last post about Trayvon Martin. I’ve written some pieces (see here, here, and here) over the last few years about this topic, but by no means do I consider myself the sole expert on boys of color. I teach them, and I used to be one before I became …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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The Trayvon Martins, The Marissa Alexanders, The Danroy Henrys, The Emmett Tills

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I started out the morning with this … Morning. Still in mourning. Saddened by the situation that we were born in People playing God with our kids’ lives, It’s hard to see where the God is, Or where your guard is, Or where your heart is … So now I mourn for all our Trayvons, Searching for peace from here …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

Jose VilsonThe Trayvon Martins, The Marissa Alexanders, The Danroy Henrys, The Emmett Tills
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Justice Even When It’s Just Us (On Trayvon Martin)

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He had the most curious face on when we introduced him to his first waves from a calm yet undulating ocean. His curls danced with the wind as he wondered whether the water might reach him. It was 10:40am, and this sunscreen-coated son of mine had neither napped well, nor eaten well, but his face displayed awe and zen, a …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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Administrators of Color: Selling Out or Buying In? [From The Vault]

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This week, I’m releasing some of the pieces I’ve written that never saw the light of day for different reasons. Here’s the first. Date: 5/10/12 Someone told me recently, “I think these kids respond better to males than females, especially as teachers.” That hasn’t been my experience, but I let them proceed. “It’s like, some of these kids need guidance …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

Jose VilsonAdministrators of Color: Selling Out or Buying In? [From The Vault]
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Do You Have A Trayvon Martin In Your Class? [Huffington Post]

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Excerpt: The first step always starts with a teacher’s current crop of kids. The one question I always ask myself when students walk in is, “What do I see?” Then, “What do I think I see?” I’m laying down some of my general assumptions for me to probe, then trying to understand why I feel that way. Sometimes, these assumptions …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

Jose VilsonDo You Have A Trayvon Martin In Your Class? [Huffington Post]