Capacity building originally meant helping people to help themselves. Now it means required training to deliver imposed policies.
Teaching is a never-ending story. The work is never over; the job is never done.
It's time for the US to widen its circle of learning, not to circle its wagons against hostile ideas in education reform.
Total teachers aren't perfect teachers.
Pompous asses knows how to put the moan in sanctimonious.
As we seek to eliminate individualism in teaching, we should not eradicate individuality with it.
On school culture: It's hard to eat something you've had a relationship with.
We will not achieve high performance in education if we replace teachers with machines or turn teachers into machines.
Schools that cannot tolerate interesting & enthusiastic eccentrics who work better alone than together are devoid of flexibility & spirit
Leadership is often the afterthought of educational change.
Don't raise the bar and narrow the gap, but narrow the gap to raise the bar.
Leadership is the cigarette that's smoked once the change has been consummated.
High performance leaders capitalize on crises to galvanize the motivation and actions of people in the organization.
Schools cannot shut their gates and leave the outside world on the doorstep.
Your most memorable students are in your first classes and your last classes: make your last years the finest of your career.
What we want for our students we should want for our teachers: learning, challenge, support, and respect.
Excellence is the asymptotic state that never quite reaches perfection.
Change is easy to propose, hard to implement, and especially hard to sustain.
Teaching is not the oldest profession. But it is certainly among the loneliest.
Improvement is about doing something better; innovation is about doing something new.
The most important emotion in classrooms is surprise.
Mentors turn into tormentors if they believe they are always right.
It is those who have the distinction of privilege who set the standards of disgust with failure.
It's important to be innovative when times are prosperous. It's essential to be innovative when they are not.
If one foot is in a bucket of steam, and the other is in a bucket of ice, you are not, on average, comfortable.
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