Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

"While Rome burns, the Department of Education fiddles with bulletin boards."
—David Pecoraro, a teacher at Beach Channel High School in Queens, New York, referring to a superintendent's memo about school bulletin boards. The memo appeared the same week a student rammed another student's head into a glass trophy case.

"That's how we were brought up. We're rednecks."
—Suzzanne Bowen, a senior at Opportunity High School in Bradenton, Florida, explaining why she habitually wears a Confederate flag shirt at the 70 percent minority charter school.

"There's not a lot positive about this situation."
—Jeff Ferguson, a chemistry and physics teacher at Smithfield-Selma High School in Smithfield, North Carolina, after being suspended for a classroom experiment that caused 13 students to vomit after drinking large amounts of milk.

"Dinosaurs are not assessed on the ISATs, so they had to go."
—Debra LeBlanc, principal of Burr Ridge Middle School in Illinois, explaining why classes on the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests have squeezed out parts of the traditional curriculum.

Vol. 15, Issue 5, Page 17

Published in Print: March 1, 2004, as Overheard
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories