off my desk...............
"Everything you've learned in school as "obvious"
becomes less and less obvious
as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids
in the universe.
There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute
There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines."
- Buckminster Fuller
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of
preparation, hard work,
and learning from failure."
- Colin Powell
"Without education, you're not going anywhere in this
- Malcom X
"There are many persons ready to do what is right because in
their hearts they know it is right.
But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move
- and he, in turn, waits for you."
- Marian Anderson
"Wouldn't it be nice if the size of your heart mattered more than
the size of your pants?"
- Dockers Ad
"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while
others judge us by what
we have done."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"A linguistics professor was lecturing his class one day. 'In
English,' he said, 'a double
negative forms a positive. In some languages though, such as Russian,
a double negative is
still a negative. However,' he pointed out,'there is no language
wherein a double positive
can form a negative.' A voice in the back of the room piped up, 'Yeah.
All quotations from Boston Public:
Stephen Harper, Principal
Scott Guber, Assistant principal
Ronnie Cook, new teacher, former lawyer
Dr. Ben Harris, teacher
Marla Hendricks, teacher
Harry Senate, teacher
Marilyn Suter, teacher
"You're a teacher. Cry at night."
- Scott Guber to Ronnie Cook
"For us it's just about helping them, which it should be. Take
care of the kids.
But when you go home at night, people forget - we love them - not all
- but most -
we love them."
- Marilyn Suter to Ronnie Cook
Ronnie: "You know, a year ago I was...a lawyer handling corporate
leverage buyouts and I could be in a room full Fortune 500 CEOs and I
could pin their
ears back. Now I'm in a room with a bunch of teenagers and I'm
How do you figure that? It's a tougher job. I really, truly thought I
was prepared for it.
You can't truly prepare for it. This job you learn on...Harry,
honestly I don't think I
can do it anymore."
Harry: "Hey Ronnie, just teach....just teach."
- Ronnie Cook and Harry Senate
Ronnie: "Did I mention I broke up with Matthew three weeks
Ronnie: "Uh-huh - Actually he left me. Want to know why? Among
I'm no longer fun....see, Danny, as a lawyer it's good to be wild and
teacher - you never escape the ...burden of...I don't know...role
model, I guess.
I'm just trapped in this place of responsibility."
- Ronnie Cook and Danny Hanson
"I keep playing your union reps' words over in my head - how you
are entitled to your
personal life, how you are entitled to be human like everyone else -
and I just want
you to know, I don't buy it. You're a teacher. With that comes a
An obligation not to be human like everybody else, but a role model.
See, it has to mean
something to be a teacher. It's a noble calling. I still believe
that...Now go back to
your classroom and go on, but as you do so, you just remember, Dr.
Harris - you're a teacher
- with that mantle comes a burden.
- Stephen Harper to Dr. Ben Harris
This burden we put on teachers to be perfect in every little way - the
tragedy - we're
likely to weed out some of our very best."
- Scott Guber to Marla Hendricks