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This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Educationby Jose Vilson
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José Vilson writes about race, class, and education through stories from the classroom and researched essays. His rise from rookie math teacher to prominent teacher leader takes a twist when he takes on education reform through his now-blocked eponymous blog, TheJoseVilson.com. He calls for the reclaiming of the education profession while seeking social justice.
José Vilson is a middle school math educator for in the Inwood/Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. He writes for Edutopia, GOOD, and TransformED / Future of Teaching, and his work has appeared in Education Week, CNN.com, Huffington Post, and El Diario / La Prensa.
"Both stirring and enlightening, this account proposes the attempts to force students into classifiable groups through testing are not just crippling their ability to learn but denying them a critical component of development: identity. Titled after his own rousing poem, delivered at the first Save Our Schools March in 2011, Vilson, an educational rabble rouser and middle-school math teacher, presents a narratively-driven analysis of what so-called educational reformers have gotten and continue to get wrong about teachers and students. With eloquence and passion, Vilson traces the path of his own relationship to public education, first as a mixed-race student, then as a novice teacher, and finally as a controversial, yet widely respected, blogger at TheJoseVilson.com. Amidst his own story, he delivers precisely executed critiques of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core, school choice, and other Trojan horses for what he calls 'educational deform.' Vilson delivers a resounding shout against educational policy for exhibiting rampant cultural illiteracy, and sounds a galvanizing rallying cry for teachers and students to make their voices the most rather than least considered in future developments. (May.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Vilson, a teacher from an urban school composed of black and poor youth, challenges racism and inequality in the classroom.
About the Author
José Luis Vilson is a math educator for a middle school in the Inwood / Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, NY. He writes for Edutopia, GOOD, and TransformED / Future of Teaching, and has written for CNN.com, Education Week, Huffington Post, and El Diario / La Prensa, NY.
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