Word on the conference floor

30th April 2004 at 01:00
"I don't see how you can stand in front of a class after you've slept with a man the night before."

Comment by a New York school principal in the 1920s, quoted in a paper about discrimination against married women teachers by University of California researcher Penny Richards

"What do you think youngsters (in the Australian bush) complained about most? Nothing to do? No, if they were bored they could always go out and shoot a pig. The biggest problem they had was surveillance. They couldn't breathe, fart or misbehave without someone knowing it."

Howard Cassidy, theatre-in-education researcher at Central Queensland university

"You are all professional sceptics. Politicians can't afford to be sceptics. They have a gun to their heads. They have to act."

Andrew Rotherham of the Washington-based Progressive Policy Institute "I was in Oxford recently and it didn't take me long to realise I was in an academic community. As two people passed me in the street I heard one of them say to the other: 'And ninthly ...'"

Barry McGaw, head of education, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

"The mother of a friend who took his college entrance exam in Korea 20 years ago at the same time as me went to pray for his success at the Buddhist temple for 100 days before the exam. He still failed."

Juhu Kim, University of Missouri

"I, too, was part of this collective, united in a hegemonic yet not totally hegemonic understanding and use of the rhizome."

Canadian academic's comment in a paper about teacher unions' approach to professionalism

"I am not against homosexuals. I am against homosexual fornication. I think they should be able to marry. In fact, I believe they should be required to because it will be good for America and will reduce Aids."

Scott Somerville, attorney and prominent home-schooling advocate

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