José Luis Vilson


José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist in New York City, NY. He is the author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, and has spoken about education, math, and race for The New York Times, Education Week, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Huffington Post, Edutopia, GOOD, and El Diario / La Prensa, NY.

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Teachers committed to justice are fighting against the historical role of education in the U.S. more

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But let's be clear: at the root of DeVos’s approach is the devaluation and eventual abolition of the public sphere, which often goes together with tax cuts for the wealthy. more

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Filmmaker Jenner Furst talks about the tragedy of our juvenile justice system, and a moment in history to possibly make it right. more


We’re now asked to stop scaring children in our classrooms when we see new cabinet nominees speaking directly to dismantling our social safety net. more

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A modern-day, black Robin Hood, or tired tale? more

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National attention is focused on inhumane conditions in two Michigan cities, and two basic public services. more

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America generally applauds disruption in the name of speaking truth to power. But, apparently, it depends on who is doing the disrupting. more

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Over 10,000 parents, students, and educators demanding an end to education inequality. Sounds good, right? more

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A typical 8th English language learner takes 1 standardized test a week from early April through mid-June... more

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Want to implement a new policy? Tell them it’s for the kids. Need to raze an entire school in a densely populated school district? Preface it with “We did it for the kids.” Image credit: Paul Smith more

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“This race discussion doesn’t apply to me.” more

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Let me lay out the argument and the reason why, instead of referring to myself as anti-testing, I’m calling myself pro-whole-child. more

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