NJ Governor Chris Christie Yelling At Teacher

Chris Christie and Why Teaching Intersects With Women’s Rights

Jose Vilson Jose 29 Comments

Normally, I write my short notes, but I’d like to dedicate some time to this issue with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s othering of a teacher this past weekend at a political rally of his. Most of the coverage around this event has centered on the tenor politicians have set in their quest to reform education. As Christie wags a finger at this woman, the crowd cheers, signaling a societal …

Mona Eltahawy and me, Aspen Ideas Festival 2013

Hear Women Speak On Women [A Small Rejoinder To My Privilege]

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

I have tons of stories from Aspen, but only one I’d like to share in this space. After former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, US diplomat Richard Haass, and Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy went at it onstage (verbally), everyone started to clutter around their favorite. While I didn’t see too many people around Haass, the room was evenly divided between Albright and Eltahawy. After her vagina monologue, I jumped onto …

The Power of We: In The Memory of Malala Yousafzai [On Thinking Globally] #BAD12

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Have you ever felt like the things you do in the classroom connect to some other, higher purpose? Sometimes. When I read about stories like Malala Yousafzai’s, it puts everything I do in the classroom in its proper perspective. For those of you who are unaware, Malala’s shown up in the news recently after Taliban rebels tried to assassinate her by shooting her in the head and neck for speaking …


On Rape [Where An Educator Stands]

Jose Vilson Jose 21 Comments

I will confirm first and foremost that I do know women who have been raped, momentarily dispossessed from their bodies by a sexually deviant aggressor. As a listener, I can’t sit there and try to empathize because “I understand” is completely false. I don’t. I’ve never had that happen to me. While the act of rape isn’t limited to women, it overwhelmingly happens to them, and, as such, I’ve never …