Quotes of the decade

Education Intelligence Agency offers the Public Education Quotes of the Decade. EIA’s favorite for “hyperbole, metaphor and faulty history” is this:

“The struggle in which we are engaged is as vital to our future today as was the outcome of the Civil War to our nation in 1860 (sic). The goal of these locusts is to impose their will on state after state until they have completely demolished government as we know it. There is a time for every generation to rise to the call — when the very existence of our nation, our state, our values, our culture and our public schools are threatened with extinction.” — Nebraska State Education Association Executive Director Jim Griess on Initiative 423, a ballot measure that would have limited state government spending to previous years’ amounts, with allowed increases for inflation and population growth.

(October 2006 The NSEA Voice)

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  1. 12) “Folks, we’re in trouble. If we were in private business, we’d be out of business.” – Kenneth Burnley, chief executive officer of the Detroit Public Schools. (April 6, 2001 Detroit News)

    But this is one that makes sense.

  2. All this list proves is how deeply polarized discussion about education is in this country. The EIA guy and people like him will laugh themselves till they cry at each item while people on the other side will be mystified by many of the items (although it’s hard to imagine anyone not enjoying the highlighted item).

  3. Diana Senechal says:

    How about hyperbole, metaphor, faulty history, and bad grammar?

    “…when the very existence of our nation, our state, our values, our culture and our public schools are threatened with extinction.”

    Is, not are.

  4. Margo/Mom says:

    My personal favorite:

    “With increasing cost of college loans and health care and the fact that the buying power of the teacher dollar is no more than what it was 20 years ago, we’re pretty much back to where we were when I started teaching in the 1960s. I had to work in the summer to eat.”

    Although Charley is right. I suspect that some will be mystified.

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