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Not All My Teacherfolk Are My Kinfolk

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Tiffanie Drayton’s open letter to the teachers who wore NYPD t-shirts on the first day of school ought to be printed and passed around in every staff meeting: To your Black and Latino students, many of whom must have serious conversations with their parents about safeguarding their person from those charged to serve and protect them — the NYPD — …

Jose VilsonNot All My Teacherfolk Are My Kinfolk
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On Leaked E-Mails and The Eventual Uproar [Where I Call Joel Klein a Pirate]

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First, let me tell you how excited I was that the United Federation of Teachers FOILed Joel Klein’s e-mails from DOE. I’m much happier knowing that I wasn’t misjudging anything about him or his co-conspirators on any level. They really do come off like jerks, they really do spend ALL day on their Blackberries for no apparent reason, and they …

Jose VilsonOn Leaked E-Mails and The Eventual Uproar [Where I Call Joel Klein a Pirate]

Why I’m Marching Forward [It's The Only Direction]

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You’ve got to be wondering what a teacher like me is doing marching against the “reform” trends. For those of you unfamiliar with my background, I graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University. A year later, after 6-8 months of unemployment and a stint as a data entry person at an educational database firm, I went into …

Jose VilsonWhy I’m Marching Forward [It's The Only Direction]
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Michael Mulgrew and the Idea of Listening Instead of Hearing

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It might have been the sweet potato fries or the classic cuban sandwiches, but today marks the first time I ever believed my union president word-for-word. Today at Havana Central Upper West Side, Michael Mulgrew, President of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), spoke in front of a capacity  crowd of strictly District 6 (Harlem and Upper Manhattan) teachers over …

Jose VilsonMichael Mulgrew and the Idea of Listening Instead of Hearing

Hot Town, Summer in the City

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The latest weather in NYC makes me pose one question: “What the f*** is this?!” On one end of the week, I was in New Orleans, where it was hot for the most part, but soon turned to blistering when the humidity almost made my traveling partner and I collapse in our margaritas. On the other, NYC has these cold …

Jose VilsonHot Town, Summer in the City