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José Luis Vilson

December 9, 2012

Dr. John Holland and creating paths of scholarship for teachers

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Hey John, First, let me congratulate you on your getting your PhD. You’ve obviously earned it, and you continue to be an invaluable asset to all your different communities, especially in the early childhood arena so in need of advocacy in a major way. While the title “PhD” has often been reserved for those in [...]

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John Holland

November 25, 2012

Thankfulness for 25

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Jose – This year our family decided to re-brand thanksgiving “Thankfulness Weekend” by trying to appreciate each other and our lives as much as we can. We spent some time Thursday at the river and cuddled on the couch for a movie after dinner. On this same note, several of my friends have spent the [...]

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John Holland

November 21, 2012

Intangible data

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Jose- Thanks for pointing out Sabrina’s Good post. I would not have caught in the midst of my daily grind and finishing up my graduate work. The key phrase I took away from her post was when Sabrina said, “the education-supporting public more generally must become more comfortable with ambiguity and unknowns.” I don’t necessarily [...]

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José Luis Vilson

November 13, 2012

Nate Silver [Controlling the uncontrollable]

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Hey John, Let me highlight my colleague Sabrina Stevens’ latest post on GOOD Magazine really quickly: This strikes at the heart of why we’re so enamored with standardizing, predicting, and controlling things. “Data” seduces us into thinking we can predict and control things that are frequently unpredictable and uncontrollable, and therefore scary. We can’t really [...]

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John Holland

November 6, 2012

Entering f2f space

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Jose- I really “felt” the frustration of your piece on F-2-F relationships and digital connections. I have found getting to know other educators online before meeting in person incredibly rewarding and a little dangerous. It is a strange phenomenon that almost makes it seem like we have been standing in the same room, talking, getting [...]

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