¡QUEME LOS BARCOS!: Politics, Repercussions, and Cloaking Inequity

First, let me say thank you for reading Cloaking Inequity. Since 2012, this labor of love focused on the inequities that are purposefully hidden in the educational policy discourse has been read by hundreds of thousands of people from 161 countries (see map below). Wow!

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Thank you also to each of you who have stopped me to chat about Cloaking Inequity at conferences, on sidewalks, in DC, at the Texas capitol— even airports. It makes my day every time. Thank you.

I want to share with you that there are politics and repercussions as a result of writing a blog that takes on some of the most controversial issues and powerful interests in educational policy. Some of my colleagues are taking heat from those who aren’t able to pressure me personally. I have been scolded privately and disinvited from events— like this weekend for instance. This is a non-pecuniary cost I am willing to bear. I remember my grandmother telling me as a child:

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:48 NIV

I write this blog for the children in our schools. No matter how much pressure comes my way, I won’t be intimidated. I won’t stop writing for our children. If anything, I will work that much harder to shine a light on the inequities in schools. I will continue to draw my strength and inspiration from you, from Malcolm, Mandela, King and others. Again, thank you for reading and ¡QUEME LOS BARCOS!

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    Pretty sad how standing up for kids and exposing all of the liars, exploiters, privatizers and profiteers can bring on a shitstorm of hatred and harassment from campus administrators and assorted education officials. It ain’t always easy, but we have a duty to stand up and protect children; especially the most vulnerable. So bring on 2014! I’m looking forward to reading and sharing more great stuff from your blog, Professor Heilig.


  • Conscience and Courage

    Dr Julian Vasquez Heilig, this quote is for you:

    Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles;
    Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.
    Courage breeds creativity;
    Cowardice repress fear and is mastered by it.
    Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
    Expediency asks the question, is it politic?
    Vanity asks the question, is it popular?

    But conscience ask the question, is it right?
    And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”
    Martin Luther King, Jr

    Thank you for continuing to do what is brave and right!


  • Dr Julian Vasquez Heilig, Thank you for having the courage to speak up for children.

    This article is a good reminder of “bystanders” who failed in that responsibility.



  • Thank you Julian for having the courage to stand up to “kill the messenger” attempts at intimidation. You inspire others to preserve that freedom.


  • Thank you so much for writing this blog in support of our school children and for not allowing anyone to silence you. Your passion inspires me!


  • Monty J. Thornburg, Ph.D.


    The push back and attempts to silence your colleagues simply means “truth to power’ works! It means, too, this Blog is uncloaking or EXPOSING unfair conditions in education.

    Dr. Vasquez-Heilig: Thank you back!

    I simply challenge as many readers as are willing to simply post here: I READ, I WRITE and I ACT!

    This is, (post-modern) FREEDOM OF SPEECH!


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