Public schooling profits only that narrow band of students, neither clever nor dim, from which all future public schoolteachers will be drawn.
First we learn to stand and talk, and then we are taught to sit down and shut up.
There are two reasons to be optimistic about children: parents don’t affect them much, and neither does school.
Tenure would be an ideal system for the protection of heretical ideas if it were ever given to a person who might express one.
Life is exactly like high school, and not one bit like college.
Community college used to be high school with ashtrays, and then that was college, and then they took away the ashtrays.
Successful pedagogy requires the right students; successful governance, the right populace.
The twin tragedies of pedagogy: talent without application, and application without talent.
The stupid kids turned out to be not quite as stupid as we thought, and the smart kids nowhere near as smart.
It seems increasingly doubtful that class participation should ever have been encouraged.