"What about requiring all of our educational reformers to teach in a public school for one year? Not only would the schools they serve presumably improve, so would those critics' comprehension of reality.''
Samuel Freedman, author of Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students, and Their High School
'If students weren't facing something as serious as expulsion, it would be tempting to say: 'What better way for Lewis-Central students to learn about liberties than to have theirs taken away?''
From an editorial in The Des Moines Register on an attempt by the principal of Lewis-Central High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to punish students for passing out copies of an editorial critical of the school's basketball coach after the principal had forbidden the school paper to publish it
"I'm a small potato in a big field.''
Esther Lee Yao, deputy director of the U.S. Education Department's office of bilingual education and minority-languages affairs, responding to those who say she should be a powerful advocate for Asian-American educational interests
"What we are trying to do is deal with a problem our liberal, well-intentioned forefathers did not anticipate: In this 'melting pot,' nobody is going to melt.''
Andrew Young, civil rights leader and former mayor of Atlanta, at the unveiling of "Americans All,'' a multi-cultural-education program for K-12 students produced by the Coordinating Committee for Ellis Island