Thursday, November 20, 2008

How Change Occurs

"If the community's gonna change, neighborhoods's gonna change, society's gonna change, the world's gonna change, it's by individuals. Not by big bureaucracy, not by the Exxons, not by all that. It's by individuals making that decision: I'm not gonna violate myself and I'm not gonna let you violate me." (Nancy Jefferson in American Dreams: Lost and Found by Studs Terkel, p. 302)

Too Many Papers to Correct

The following sums up some of the reasons I loved teaching, but retired.
"I miss having conversations like this with teen-agers--I'm done teaching now; it's summer and I won't be going back--but it would be better if a teacher didn't have so many papers to correct. It's the papers that make teachers think twice." (p. 191 The Other by David Guterson)