Fran Lebowitz in an interview with Mirabella in 1994:
When asked what she would do as President she said:
I would be the education dictator. First, I would federalize the public school system.
(She was speaking of getting kids into educational setting as early as possible.)
I would make them wear uniforms. I think there's nothing more unattractive than fashion-consciousness in children.
I would teach the 3Rs, give or take arithmetic. I'd also teach them how to eat. People will think table manners are a stupid thing to talk about if you're running the world, but civility is, after all, the key to civilization.
It used to be that school reinforced things that you heard fifty thousand times at home.
From What I've Learned: Neil Young
Our education system basically strives for normal - which is too bad. Sometimes the exceptional is classified as abnormal and pushed aside. (Note: all of his children have some kind of disability.)
What I've Learning: Tom Petty
I feel sorry for kids these days. They get so much homework. Remember the days when we put a belt around our two books and carried them home? Now they're dragging a suitcase. They have school all day, then homework from six until eleven. There's no time left to be creative. The hardest part for me is when my thirteen-year-old is complaining about the workload. I agree with him. I'm supposed to be responsible and support the teacher. But it's like, "You're right, son. This is BS."
Matt Damon, two years ago at a Save our Schools rally (bold his):
I had incredible teachers. As I look at my life today, the things I
value most about myself -- my imagination, my love of acting, my passion
for writing, my love of learning, my curiosity -- all come from how I was parented and taught.
And none of these qualities that I've just mentioned -- none of these
qualities that I prize so deeply, that have brought me so much joy,
that have brought me so much professional success -- none of these qualities that make me who I am ... can be tested.
My teachers were free to approach me and every other kid in that
classroom like an individual puzzle. They took so much care in figuring
out who we were and how to best make the lessons resonate with each of
us. They were empowered to unlock our potential. They were allowed to be
Now don't get me wrong. I did have a brush with standardized tests at
one point. I remember because my mom went to the principal's office and
said, 'My kid ain't taking that. It's stupid, it won't tell you
anything and it'll just make him nervous.' That was in the '70s when you
could talk like that.
This has been a horrible decade for teachers. I can't imagine how
demoralized you must feel. But I came here today to deliver an important
message to you: As I get older, I appreciate more and more the teachers
that I had growing up. And I'm not alone. There are millions of people
just like me.
So the next time you're feeling down, or exhausted, or unappreciated,
or at the end of your rope; the next time you turn on the TV and see
yourself called "overpaid;" the next time you encounter some
simple-minded, punitive policy that's been driven into your life by some
corporate reformer who has literally never taught anyone anything. ...
Please know that there are millions of us behind you. You have an army
of regular people standing right behind you, and our appreciation for
what you do is so deeply felt. We love you, we thank you and we will
always have your back.