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Who Taught Educators To Hate Themselves? (About Lists and Authenticity)

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The following is a debate I’ve had with a few folk, so here is an uninterrupted fleshing out of these thoughts. Michael Petrilli put out another list of edu-influentials this year. This list, unlike the last time I wrote about this, didn’t need any particular prodding from me regarding diversity and inclusion of women who discuss education policy. This list, …

On National Education Discourse (Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That)

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This is what happens when you start listening to folks who think the answer is square in the middle. The first time I took issue with a Michael Petrilli post, I was annoyed because, when it comes to education, only the people in his circle (frenemies or not) mattered and the rest of us (read: people of color) generally didn’t. …

Short Notes: In a Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga Sorta Vibe

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A few notes: Lady Gaga posted a version of Kendrick Lamar’s “Don’t Kill My Vibe” which originally featured … her. Awesome. [Twitter / @LadyGaga] According to Slate, NASA is also very happy with Obama’s re-election. To space and beyond. [Slate] I’m not a fan of war, nor am I happy we have troops in places we don’t need to. This …

The Most Interesting Man In The World

How To Get Smart People To Follow You in 3 Easy Steps

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The general populace has finally turned to the idea that we nerds have said for decades now: get onto social media before it impersonates you. One of the best venues for people afraid to share too much about themselves is Twitter, the 140-characters-per-thought engine, where a simple photograph and a bio separates you from millions of teenagers, spam bots, and …

Kanye West, Illuminated

The Illuminated Series: Why Should One Man Have All That Power?

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This past weekend, Kanye West went off on Twitter, reigniting the conversation about the events of last year’s MTV Video Music Awards and the aftermath that saw a music nation divided over whether the hip-hop superstar had merit in interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. Some of the conversation was very simple: either Kanye was a “jackass” for not letting Taylor …

C'Mon Son: Star Wars Edition

Validating Blogs #4080: Indirect People Are Shadyyyy

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Last week, after attending the awesome TEDxNYED, I found myself yearning for more of that collaborative energy. Everytime I thought I was done reflecting on some of the ideas presented, I find another opportunity to immediately use the knowledge acquired to something I’d already thought. For instance, I invited a group of educators and concerned citizens to blog here about …

Me at the Old Yankee Stadium

Why I Livetweeted the World Series [Or The Greatest Yankees Livetweeter Alive]

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Imagine having to sit through an entire baseball game with announcers whose unseemly hate for your favorite team is too obvious after every inning, after every close play, or after  some “managerial” mistake. Imagine hearing the announcer just say the most random and irrelevant things at a ration that’s far too frequent for anyone to fully accept. Imagine one had …