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Parent Trigger And Why We Need To Talk [Let's Be A Solution]

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

I rarely get the opportunity to have my opinion come in direct conflict with an outstanding actress of any repute, so excuse me if I brag via quote today. The following excerpt was published in the independent media outlet In These Times, written by Josh Eidelson: Vilson says he was particularly disappointed by Viola Davis’ participation, given The Help star’s past comments about wanting to elevate the voices of often-ignored …

On Malcolm X And The Importance of Public Opinion

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

For the last few days, some of my fellow math teachers and I have been grading the NYS math test in an elementary school in Harlem. It’s been great because I get to wake up at 7 instead of 6 and still get to “work” on time. Yet, the warmer weather and my natural inquisitiveness has also sent me traversing my relatively new neighborhood in search of the best slices …

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Walk Up And Donate Yourself

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

Out of the hundreds of e-mails I get every day, I always catch one that I thought had a shred of authenticity, but ends up just annoying the hell out of me. This time, I came across an e-mail from Borders, an e-mail I asked to receive, but didn’t think I’d get. In this particular e-mail, I saw an advertisement for Waiting for Superman, and it read: Support Out Schools! …

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How Much Superman Knows About Pedagogy

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Pardon my snark, but what does Superman really know about pedagogy? Really, I’m not sure why Davis Guggenheim, John Legend, Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee, or anyone else think this superhero should be the face of education reform when a) he probably wants nothing to do with this mess b) kids aren’t asking to be “saved” for an episode c) Lex Luther has more in common with the aforementioned club than …