"Schools cannot do the job alone. You cannot have an island of excellence in a sea of indifference."

"Dreams can be fulfilled only when they’ve been defined."

"The quality of our schools can be no greater than the dignity we assign to teaching."

"The tragedy of life is not death: it is destined for us all. The tragedy of life is to die with convictions undeclared and service unfulfilled."

"Children are our most precious resource. In the end, they're all we have. And if we as a nation cannot help the coming generation, if we cannot prepare all children for learning and for life, then just what will bring America together?"

"The aim of education is not only to prepare students for productive careers, but also to enable them to live lives of dignity and purpose; not only to generate new knowledge, but to channel that knowledge to humane ends; not merely to study government, but to help shake a citizenry that can promote the public good."

"In the end, excellence in education means excellence in teaching, and if this country would give the status to first grade teachers that we give to full professors, this one act alone would revitalize he nation's schools."

"It is my deep conviction that artistic expression is one of humankind's most essential forms of language. In most respects, the human species is far less well equipped than other creatures on the planet. We're no match for the lion in strength; we're outstripped by the ostrich in speed; we can't outswim the dolphin; we see less acutely than the hawk. Yet, as humans, we excel in the exquisite use of symbols - which empowers us to outdistance all other forms of life in what we see, and feel, and know."

"While no school should impose religious belief or practice, I believe that it's simply impossible to be a well educated person without exploring how religion has shaped the human story in almost every culture throughout history, And I believe that the sacred texts of all the great religions should be introduced to students with reverence and intellectual insight."

"I'm suggesting that the teaching of language is teaching about truth, and that every language class must be an ethics class, since communication without honesty is one of life's most dangerous and destructive weapons. At present, we seem to to be concerned about syntax and structure, but rarely do we infuse the minds of students with the fact that language must be bathed in honesty and integrity or else we have made fraudulent one of humanity's most essential functions."

This page was created November 2001 by two graduate students at UCF.
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