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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] SAYINGS XL
Posted: Jun 1, 2012 7:38 PM
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NOTE: The following quotations have been collected from a variety of
sources ... from e-mail notes and signatures, bulletin boards, the
ASCD SmartBrief and from other sources, as well, over some time.
"The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience
does not mean that all experiences are genuinely or equally

(John Dewey (1938; 1997, p. 25) "Experience and Education)

"Why are the fights in academia so vicious? Because the stakes are so small."

(Henry Kissinger) [From Capitol Fax, Springfield, IL - a reader
commenting on higher education politics]

"All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand."

(Steven Wright)

"Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my
teacher was in my class for five years."

(Gracie Allen (1895-1964), comedian)

"The more valid the test for a particular curriculum, in the sense of
more perfect conformity to it, the less its usefulness in pointing
toward inadequacies in, and illuminating possibilities and completion
of, that curriculum."

(Testing and the Curriculum," in Science, Curriculum and Liberal
Education, p. 282) [From Michael Paul Goldenberg]

"He who rides the tiger finds it difficult to dismount."

(Rudyard Kipling) [From signature of Michael Paul Goldenberg /
also a Chinese Proverb]

"OK, so what's the speed of dark?"

(Steven Wright)

"A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother."

(Benjamin Franklin) [From Forbes Magazine]

"This isn't right. It isn't even wrong."

(Wolfgang Pauli) [From signature of Michael Goldenberg]

"Rule One: Never allow a crisis to go to waste. They are
opportunities to do big things."

(Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel - as told to the New York Times)

"Donald in Mathmagicland" concludes with this quote ascribed to
Galileo: "Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the

(Galileo / "Donald in Mathmagicland") [From Christopher M. Freeman]

"Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that
a person learns only the particular thing he is studying at the time."

(John Dewey)

"A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory."

(Steven Wright)

"I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally
disturbed teachers."

(Woody Allen (born 1935), film maker, writer, comedian)

"As long as teachers give tests, there will always be prayer in schools."


"If you tell people the same lie long enough, they will believe it.
If you tell it even longer, you will believe it."

(Unknown) [From Bret Taylor on the Mathedcc listserve]

"Access without preparation does not equal opportunity."

(Donald Maxwell)

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."


Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate
tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible

(Haim Ginott (1922-1973), teacher and psychologist) [From
Valerie Strauss blog]

"I never did very well in math - I could never seem to persuade the
teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally."

(Calvin Trillin (born 1935), writer, humorist) [From Valerie Strauss blog]

"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about
besides homework."

(Lily Tomlin (born 1939), comedian, actress and writer, speaking in
the character of the young "Edith Ann") [From Valerie Strauss

"What happens if you get scared half to death twice?"

(Steven Wright)

"Wrong name on tombstone is engrave error."

(Confucius) [From Chip Day]

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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