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Jerry P. Becker

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These "sayings," as with earlier ones, come from a wide range of
sources: email signatures, books, bulletin boards, the web, pillows,
recipients of the distribution list and some for which the source is
unknown to me.
"[High-stakes] tests represent a lack of basic trust in teachers and
students. The consequences are narrowed curricula, teaching to the
test and gaming the system. We say we want bright, creative people to
enter and thrive in the teaching profession, but the culture of
testing-and-consequences essentially says we don't trust you to
innovate, to create - or to teach."

(Diane Ravitch) [From a note from Scott Steketee]

"To teach real mathematics, you better know some."

(Paul J. Sally, Influential mathematician and educator) [From
University of Chicago News]

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting
the old, but on building the new."


"Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day."


"One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing
to do and always a clever thing to say."

(Will Durant, American writer, historian and philosopher)

"Teaching is the profession that makes all professions possible."

(Rachel Lotan, director of the Stanford Teacher Education Program)

"If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother
trying to teach them. Instead give them a tool, the use of which
will lead to new ways of thinking."

(R. Buckminster Fuller) [From the signature of Walter V. Wendler]

"Politicians & diapers need to be changed often ... for the same reason."

(Unknown - seen embroidered on a pillow)

"I did not marry the first girl that I fell in love with, because
there was a tremendous religious conflict, at the time. She was an
atheist, and I was an agnostic."

(Woody Allen)

" I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty
minutes. It involves Russia."

(Woody Allen)

"I took one course in existential philosophy at New York University,
and on the final they gave me ten questions. I couldn't answer a
single one of 'em. Ya know, I left 'em all blank. I got a hundred."

(Woody Allen)

"I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured
by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot."

(Unknown) [From Sandy Lemberg]

"I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you."

(Unknown - seen embroidered on a pillow]

"Mathematical investigation refers to the sustained exploration of a
mathematical situation. It distinguishes itself from problem solving
because it is open-ended. Problem solving is a convergent activity.
It has definite goal - the solution of the problem. Mathematical
investigation on the other hand is more of a divergent activity."

[From the signature of Linda B Phillips)

"It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good
ones slept better while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours
much more."

(Woody Allen)

"He liked to like people, therefore people liked him."

(Mark Twain)

"My Indian name is: RUNS WITH BEER."

(Unknown - seen embroidered on a pillow)

"Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in
the shade?"

(Benjamin Franklin) [From the signature of Mary N. Wonderlick]

"If you don't like my attitude, quit talking to me."

(Unknown - seen embroidered on a pillow)

"Who seeks a friend without a fault, remains without one."

(Turkish Proverb)

"Too many educators seem to have lost their capacity to be outraged
by outrageous things."

(Alfie Kohn) [From a commentary in Education Week]

"The kids are watching us, deciding how to live their lives in part
by how we've chosen to live ours."

(Alfie Kohn) [From an article of his in Education Week]

'The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions."

(Dwight D. Eisenhower)

"The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons
unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make
sure that one note follows another... and leaves us with the feeling
that something is right in the world."

(Leonard Bernstein) [From the signature of Walter V. Wendler]

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus."

(Martin Luther King, Jr.) [From an ad in the Chronicle of Higher

"The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated,
but to make complicated things simple."

(S. Gudder) [From the signature of Sharon Rak]

"You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it
within himself."

(Galileo Galilei)

"I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in
standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which
threatens American culture."

(Albert Einstein, <x-apple-data-detectors://12>Saturday Evening Post
interview, <x-apple-data-detectors://13>10/26/1929) [From the
signature of gerirose]

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used
when we created them."

(Albert Einstein)

"Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh
life within, that withers and bursts the husk."

(The Marquis of Lossie (ch. XL) [From the signature of Ken Retzer]

"Love, and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as
much as the two sides of an equation."

(Ralph Waldo, Emerson)

"Abject capitulation to unconscionable dictates from incompetent or
insecure superiors can be contagious."

(Jonathan Kozol) [From an article in Education Week]

"When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free."

(Charles Evans Hughes)

"We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the
size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and
relationship to mankind."

(Martin Luther King, Jr.) [From the signature of Walter V Wendler]

"I refuse to accept the idea that the "isness" of man's present
nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the "oughtness"
that forever confronts him."

(Martin Luther King, 1964) [From the website of Kenneth Westhues]

"It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the
ideal of service."

(Einstein) [From the signature of Onder Sechen]

"Fear is a lion that only backs down when we stop acting like prey
and stand our ground."

(Nicole Romero)

"You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to
come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."

(A.A. Milne)

"Love is when two people say to each other with their eyes, 'with me
you don't have to be on guard.' "


We are too broke to buy anything
We already know who we are voting for
We have found JESUS
SERIOUSLY, unless you are selling thin mints

(Unknown) [Seen on a plaque on a wall]

"Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from
revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from
accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest
dissent with disloyal subversion."

(Dwight D. Eisenhower)

"Loyal dissent is the highest form of assistance to an organization,
while going along mindlessly, is a debilitating form of treachery,
made more so when consciously engaged in for personal gain."

(Walter V. Wendler)

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to
achieve immortality through not dying. I don't want to live on in the
hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment."

(Woody Allen)

"Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?"

"What's another word for thesaurus?"

"Why is it that night falls, but day breaks?"

"When is a room not at room temperature?"

" How can something taste awfully good?"

"What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?"

"How is it possible to have a "civil" war?"

[From an article by Bill Henk, Dean of The College of Education -
Marquette University]

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