play-the-numbers-game

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

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

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, unlike the last time, kept Sabrina, Audrey, and me, and …

Jordan-Davis

Fight With Us Too, Damnit (Educators and Jordan Davis)

Jose Vilson Jose 26 Comments

When the Michael Dunn verdict came down, I fully expected him to get off on all counts. The Trayvon Martin case only created two pathways for future cases like these: either America – specifically Florida – would learn and do better for the next trial or it would give carte blanche to any white person to take the life of a young person of color on the basis of “threat.” …

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. You’ll note in his post that he calls for people …

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 Wilfred Owen poem is a good reminder for us. [via …

Arne Duncan

Top 5 Hashtags for Arne Duncan [And Why I Won't #AskArne Anything]

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The last time I had a chance to interact with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan happened not too long ago over an Elluminate session where some of the best and brightest educators interacted with him and some of his advisers. What transpired gave me a different level of understanding of the bureaucracy that happens in American politics as a whole. Even if you can build the type of cache with …

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 wannabe pop stars (or not). Your tweets are completely up …

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 finish or he was correct in his opinion that Beyonce’s …

Rakim

The Tumblr vs. WordPress Argument (and Why I Have Both Now)

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

At this point, there’s so many arguments over which blogging platform’s best, I decided I wouldn’t rehash those arguments as a whole. I still haven’t tried Drupal, and I don’t think Blogspot’s robust enough for me. I had four main sites in which I share my madness: Here (where I share my lengthier posts) Facebook (where I share my more personal stuff, and some thoughts I can’t share without a …

C'Mon Son: Star Wars Edition

Validating Blogs #4080: Indirect People Are Shadyyyy

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

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 a series of topics ranging from school choice for their …

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 a venue by which they could simultaneously criticize these announcers …