3. If “survival is insufficient,” as it says on the lead caravan of the Travelling Symphony, what do you feel makes life sufficient enough to live?
Of course it's primarily music for me. There have been other periods in my life where I have stopped playing for a period of time, but this is so much different, and discouraging. I take joy from listening, but my greatest joy is in getting together with my musical peers for live music making. Anything creative is important to me. My garden and…
2. In Station Eleven, the lead caravan for the Travelling Symphony carries this line of text: Because survival is insufficient. Emily St. John talked about this line in an interview: “It is not from Shakespeare. I in fact stole it shamelessly from Star Trek: Voyager. Yes, an episode that aired in 1999. I remember watching that episode and I… Show more
Survival is insufficient. I think we're experiencing this on a societal level right how. We are doing our best with our pandemic existence individually and within our bubbles. But we are witnessing great social unrest, and that unrest is amplified by the lockdown and our associated sense of insecurity. That there is such a focus on Black Lives…
Amnesty International features artists who have, with their drawings, songs and more, defied government and/or societal pressure to remain subversive. Can you think of a moment where a song, performance, image or book inspired you – and perhaps even challenged you to take action?
So if you're following along with our Station Eleven book club, then you know that we're working our way through the second 1/4 of the book and that means that ideally, you're halfway now (at least.) nobleknits2 mrslyonslibrary and I created this podcast as we jump right into the second quarter of Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven. In… Show more
Welcome to our next media level with our podcast Read Into This! This podcast has been our pet pandemic project and we hope to keep adding content as we explore everything about reading, learning, leading and so much more. I thought it would be the perfect time to best it out in TeachOntario in conjunction with our Station Eleven book club. It's… Show more
As I watched the news features, Facebook post and countless Instagram stories flooding mass media with George Floyd’s inhuman death, I could not help but think about the ramifications for our students and how educators need to address this come September when students presumably return to school. Regardless of what students are being taught at… Show more
José Luis Vilson is a math educator for a middle school in the Inwood / Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, NY. He’s also a committed writer, activist, web designer, and father. His first solo project, This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education, was published by Haymarket Books in the Spring of… Show more
This is Not a Test Book Club was ahead of its time and so is Jose Vilson. I think he's dead on in terms of a power transfer... how are we going to flatten the hierarchy -- rework power structures of race, class, gender. If you want even more content, don't forget about the book club conversations! I'm putting this back on my to-reread list.
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Like David Bowie’s concert at the Berlin Wall, there must have been performances, artworks, even memes that remind you of the zeitgeist of an important period of time. Looking back at your life, what are these hallmarks of culture that you were somehow present for that still resonate?