Best conference quotes

9th May 2003 at 01:00
"What lessons are we offering children when US troops are ordered to protect Iraq's oilfields but not museums of antiquity." Beverley Gordon, Ohio State University

"The average length of tenure of the big city school superintendents is two-and-a-half years. A messiah is parachuted into a city and by the time they have found out where the restrooms are they're out" Michael Usdan, Institute of Educational Leadership

"Sometimes I feel like the classic liberal - someone who is too open-minded to take his own side in an argument."

William Boyd, Pennsylvania State University

"Yukon territory spends $14,000 per youngster - much more than in the south of Canada. Yes, there is a south of Canada."

Charles Ungerleider, University of British Columbia

"Occupancy by more than 1,759 persons is dangerous and unlawful."

Notice at the entrance to a huge conference meeting room in Chicago's Hyatt-Regency hotel

"I know what my epitaph will be: 'Curiosity did not kill this cat'." Studs Terkel, Pulitzer prize-winning writer and broadcaster

"When I asked Studs to speak at this conference he said he was 'too damn busy'. He was writing a book and had a deadline. I asked him what his deadline was and he replied: 'I'm 90 years old ... I'm the deadline'."

William Ayers, University of Illinois

"White men were born on third base (of the baseball field) but they thought they hit a triple." Brenda Campbell-Jones, Azusa Pacific University

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