• Week Two: Discussion #1

    Vilson focuses on building relationships in this section of the book. “We can’t blame hip-hop for social inequity, war, infant mortality rates, the rising cost of attending university, racism, or high inca...
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  • Week Two: Discussion #2

    In the chapter “Where the Hustle Comes From”, Vilson describes many circumstances and situations that face young people and their families navigating a racist, classist system. He also rightly observes tha...
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  • Week One: Question #2

    There is a significant focus on standardized testing (which is admittedly more common in the USA than in Ontario) in Part 1 of Vilson’s book. In your opinion, is it possible to create a standardized test that do...
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  • Introductions

    In order to become acquainted with the other participants, please take a moment to introduce yourself and respond to the following question: Tell us your name, school, and teaching assignment or speciality Author Jo...
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  • Week One: Question #3

    Vilson discusses theories on “Language Diversity and Learning”, quoting education scholar Lisa Delpit, “Teachers need to support the language that students bring to school, provide them input from an...
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  • Week One: Question #1

    Equity in education is a hot topic in Ontario right now. Vilson’s book deals with his experiences in NYC. What evidence of inequity do we see in Ontario classrooms?
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  • Week Four: Question #1

    “Our progress so far in promoting equity and inclusion in education tells us that when we focus on a small number of clear objectives and track our impact, we have better success in achieving them” (15). T...
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  • Week Four: Question #2

    Vilson defines “teacher voice” on page 175 as “the collective and individual expression of meaningful, professional opinion based on classroom experience and expertise.” He ends the book with a...
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  • Share Your Thoughts & Illustrations

    We want you to imagine another story and tell us or show us would you would illustrate in #The4thBox. What other story could be revealed in this setting? What other "psychic break" could you make up? What other und...
  • Week Three: Discussion #3

    In the chapter The World Is Yours, The World Is Yours, Vilson tells the story of how he went from anonymous blogger to author and well-known advocate for equity in education, outlining the personal challenges and hurd...