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Overheard

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"In my retirement days, I wanted to look back and say I did something really worthwhile. Becoming a teacher was the only way I felt I could do that."

—Former Green Bay Packer defensive lineman Gerald Williams on his new career teaching 2nd grade in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina.


"Our volunteers and staff come back with numerous stories where the kids have computers in the classroom, and the teachers won't let them turn them on."

—Dr. Paul Organ, executive director of APPLE Corps, an advocacy organization for Atlanta public schools, on the need for technology training for teachers.


"It seems our superintendents are voted out or have to leave the island."

—Marty Walker, an English teacher at H. Grady Spruce High School in Dallas, alluding to the hit TV show four years.


"Kids knowing that teachers know about guns is a good thing."

—Ed Lockett, an art teacher at Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tennessee, on why he signed up for a firearms training and safety course offered by the Bristol school system this summer.


"George's opponent has been visiting schools lately. And sometimes, when he does, he spends the night before at the home of a teacher. Well, George spends every night with a teacher."

—Laura Bush, wife of the Republican candidate for president and a former elementary school teacher and librarian, speaking at the Republican convention in August.

Vol. 12, Issue 1, Page 15

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