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Friday, December 31, 2010

About Simple Church Minute

About a year ago plus, I wrote the scripts for some 2 minute commentaries on the subject of simple church.  Most of the commentaries are based on ideas from Barna & Viola's Pagan Christianity and Simson's Houses That Change the World.  They were made for radio, but at the time of this writing, the audio version has not actually been used.  Part of the idea is that I know that many persons just aren't going to sit down and read non-fiction books unless forced.  The first 100 scripts appear in the December 2010 archieve.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The story of how I came to faith in Jesus

            Today, it’s been a record snowfall day in Hampton Roads.  For whatever reason, as I laid down this evening, a song I’ve not heard done in years came to my mind.  It goes:
I heard the Lord call my name,
Listen close, you’ll hear the same,
I heard the Lord call my name,
Listen close, you’ll hear the same,
I heard the Lord call my name,
Listen close, you’ll hear the same,
Take His ha-a-and, we are glory bound.

His Word is love, love’s His word,
That’s the message that I’ve heard,
His Word is love, love’s His word,
That’s the message that I’ve heard,
His Word is love, love’s His word,
That’s the message that I’ve heard,
Take His ha-a-and, we are glory bound.

And to the Father, all His days,
With the Son and Spirit praise,
And to the Father, all His days,
With the Son and Spirit praise,
And to the Father, all His days,
With the Son and Spirit praise,
Take His ha-a-and, we are glory bound.

I can’t make up my mind whether the theology of the song is good.  I look at it one way, and it seems OK.  I look at it a different way, it doesn’t.  I heard the Lord call my name, back on a day that was almost a polar opposite from today. 
            It was in the summer, in western Michigan, on my dad’s farm.  It was between my freshman and sophomore years of high school.  About 3 weeks before this day, my aunt and uncle from Kalamazoo came up to my parents’ house, and I was going to stay with them for a week.  They were both former public school teachers, with my uncle now the head of county schools, and my aunt a librarian.  They didn’t have kids, and my parents were farmers who were just scraping by.  They took me places where my parents couldn’t have.  Anyway, that day, when they came up, my uncle told us that he wanted to put off my visit for a couple of weeks.  It was 1968, and there had been riots in the inner cities.  What he told us (and this isn’t something I’ve ever seen in any historical reports of the time) was that a group of people were going from city to city to instigate these riots, and the police told him, from his position as head of schools, that this group was intending to start riots that evening in Kalamazoo, which was near where my aunt and uncle lived.  They stuck around until 11pm that evening, as, at that time, CBS had a national newscast on Sundays at 11.  The lead story was a riot, but the city wasn’t Kalamazoo, but Detroit.  As we were to see, that riot would last for eight days.
            Two weeks later, I went down to their house to stay with them.  As my uncle had taken his vacation back at the time I was to originally go to their home, he was working that week, so we couldn’t go so many places.  We did go to Tiger Stadium in Detroit for the first ballgame after the riots.  Let me fill in that in 1968, the Detroit Tigers were the best major league baseball team, and that Tiger Stadium was in the riot area.  When we got there, the smell of still smoldering buildings was heavy in the air.  The Tigers had done some schedule adjusting to avoid being home during the riots, so they had been out of town for two weeks.  The game was, in a way, a marker of normalcy coming back to the community.  There was a feeling of it in the air.  As history would show, that feeling was in error—Detroit may only be beginning to recover from the social, and later, political, turmoil that would result.
            That week, though, was the week of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  The Vietnam War was going on, it had increased in unpopularity over the years, and many disparate groups unhappy with the war converged on Chicago to protest.  The Chicago 7 came out of that week.  So did a piece of film shown over and over again in the proceeding years showing a row of shielded Chicago police marching at a group of protesters, beating at them with billy clubs.  A national commission, years later, would call it a “police riot.”  Only in the last couple of years have I heard that the protesters egged the police into their acts by throwing glad bags of human manure at the police.  May I point out that, in 1968, glad bags didn’t really seal contents in at all.  I had the time, at my aunt and uncle’s house that week, to see the reports of what was happening.
            Now, it was a weekday, I no longer remember which one, the next week.  I was back at my parents’ farm.  Some of the day, I practiced kicking a football, and riding my bicycle.  At some time in mid-afternoon, I decided to do my weekly chore of mowing the lawn.  I was most of the way done, the walk behind mower was making plenty of noise as such machines do, and I was thinking about things going on in the news.  A voice spoke into my head, saying, “It’s not the politicians, or the radicals—it’s Me.”  I didn’t have to be told that the words were from God, even though I had never experienced such a thing.  When God speaks, He doesn’t have to introduce Himself.  I instantly knew that what He was saying was that what I had to deal with was my problem of being sinful and separate from Him.  That was a burden upon me instantly.  Many years later, I was to read Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress in which the character Pilgrim is carrying a burden, and when he kneels before the cross, the burden falls off.  That is a perfect description of what the burden of being made aware of one’s sinfulness by God feels like. 
            That evening, I laid down to go to sleep.  The head of my bed was by a window, and I could look up into the sky, up at all those stars so very far away.  I was so aware that, as little as I was in comparison to the vastness of the universe, I felt the pressure of being so aware of the God of the universe speaking, in my spirit, to me, directing me to make a choice.  In our day, there have been written, by well-meaning believers, theologically precise prayers of repentance for persons to say. I didn’t know anything about them; I turned over, crying over my sinfulness my prayer into my pillow.  As I did so, the burden fell away, I realized that, somehow, everything had changed, and I could go to sleep.
            I heard the Lord call my name—not with my physical ears, but I heard, nonetheless.  Listen close, you’ll hear the same.  I don’t know about that.  I now know, from the Bible, that, to be specific, it was the Holy Spirit speaking into me.  Every story of a person coming to faith in Jesus is different.  When a man, however well meaning, attempts to put even a small part of God in a box, it doesn’t work.  I know of some of the most intelligent persons on the planet who have heard and responded to the Lord calling their name, and I have heard of some of the most intelligent persons on the planet denying that there is a God who does such things.  If I plug in “minimally” for “most,” the same holds true. 
            I have grown in following Jesus.  Over the years, I have held totally incorrect ideas about what is correct in desiring to follow Jesus, and changed my mind.  I have seen persons who I sincerely believe are desiring to follow Jesus who have not changed their minds on the same issues.  I’ve seen persons who I have believed were sincere doing things that look insincere, possibly for fame, power, or money, and sometimes for totally inexplicable reasons.  I think of what the Lion tells the kids at the end of the Chronicles of Narnia, “It’s not your story.”
            The story above was from 1968.  My parents, aunt, and uncle have long since passed away.  I haven’t set foot in Michigan in years.  Many things have gone less than optimally over the years, but, conversely, I haven’t faced the trials of many of my fellow believers in other parts of the world.  I can ask myself, “How can I help one of my brothers and sisters in Jesus move closer to him, or one of my not-yet-brothers and sisters in Jesus come closer to dropping that burden.  God has told us, “you have not chosen Me, I chose you.”   

Friday, December 17, 2010

on Christmas--Mary's bravery

            In John 15:16, Jesus says to the disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you…”  This is part of a section, John 15:9-17, where Jesus makes a number of statements to the disciples which we commonly quote out of context, in the sense that they mean something different to us being able to look back on what we who are believers have seen and experienced by living in the New Covenant, and having the Holy Spirit indwelling us and guiding us. Usually, though, the quotes are in a manner consistent with the way Jesus meant them.  I am doing that with this reference. 
            When I came to faith in Jesus, the immediate occurrence was the Holy Spirit speaking into my spirit while I was mowing the front lawn.  The few words impressed into me was a burden until, later that evening, I laid down on my bed, and cried a prayer of repentance.  The notable thing to me is that it felt, to me, like I was making a choice to follow God’s way.  When I read this passage, I know that God is telling me the truth by faith.  I cannot prove to anyone that God chose me.  It felt at the time like I was choosing to follow God, but I know God is far bigger than I.  Like that, I cannot understand how some very intelligent persons who know a lot about theology do not ever become a believer in Jesus, and others do become believers.  The same can be said about persons with average and below average intelligence. 
            I say that in that, in this Christmas season, many are drawn to the Christmas story.
While the beginning of the story comes before creation of the universe, the immediate story starts in Luke 1:26 and following with the angel Gabriel coming to Mary.  We live in a culture, both the Christian subculture and western culture at large, that takes a less than optimal view of girls getting pregnant below the age of 18.  There are good moral and economic reasons for this.  In that culture, which, of course, was before birth control and high in manual labor, which made boys more worthwhile for fathers than girls, the norm in both Jewish and Gentile cultures, girls were married off at an age around the time they began having sexual feelings, which was 12 to 16, and probably 12 to 14.  In Judiasm, the punishment for getting pregnant outside of marriage could be stoning.  When the angel told Mary that she would give birth to the Christ, she would have known that that was an honor that would go to someone, and that there were reasons in Tanak for expecting that to happen at any time.  Still, how the angel was presenting it ran counter to all kinds of cultural norms.  To say, as recorded in Luke 1:38, “ Let it be to me according to your word” comes across to me as simultaneously totally normal for a person who desires to serve God, and shocking act of faith for a person so young. 
            It is effectively an act of saying, effectively, “I’m going to do your will even if it brings all of society down on my head.”  We read that her betrothed, Joseph, was going to allow the betrothal to just never be finished, but the angel speaks to him to go ahead and marry her, but to not consummate the marriage until the child is born.  One must note that the Jewish wedding reception ritual had the marriage consummated during the reception.  To not do so signaled that they had violated Jewish law about sexual activity.  I would imagine that, if Joseph and Mary told their parents the why behind this, they wouldn’t have been believed.  It is generally taught that Joseph was a carpenter, but I have heard at least one theologian state that the word the Bible uses to describe his trade is better translated “one who works with his hands” which meant that he probably worked with stone, a cheaper material, more than wood. A teknon was socially lower than a carpenter. Mary had a socially ruined reputation.  From this comes a child on the social bottom rung, in a poor area of a region on the fringe of the Roman Empire. 
            When it comes to the Christmas season, the thing that strikes me the most is the bravery of Mary.  Yes, I know that she didn’t and couldn’t have known what she was getting into, just the same as each of us when we answer God’s call to go a direction from salvation on through whatever.  To have that kind of faith, at an age possibly as young as 12, puts me in awe of what kind of power the kind of faith only God can give

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Preparing for the unexpected

Q:  Why did the chicken go only halfway across the street?
A:  Because she wanted to lay it on the line.

Right now, as I have been either unemployed or underemployed the last couple of years, I have been living in my son's house.  He is in the Navy, and during these past two years, he has decided to make it a career.  One aspect of that is knowing that he would be moved somewhere down the line.  I found out a few weeks ago that he would have a six month deployment in January.  Today, I found out that his move would happen upon the end of that deployment.  He also told me that move would be to one of three areas.  One of those areas, I have lived in before.  The other two I have never lived near, and have a cost of living much higher than other places I have lived.  In another month, I guess I'll find out.  There's just a pile of uncertainties that come out of this.  On the other hand, as I have no solid job here, and few things, there is one sense that it doesn't matter.  All three places have milder winters than Hampton Roads. 
It does change how I look at my days here.  How do I live to honor Jesus where I am knowing that, so far, I've accomplished little in this area other than staying alive, losing money, and, hopefully, contributed a little to a few persons' lives around here?  I have about seven to eight months left in this area.  I am certain this changes something, and I think I wish I knew even vaguely what that is.
James 1:5-8 speaks of asking God when one lacks wisdom, and one will receive when one does not doubt God.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

on music

I think the reason people like music is to suppress thought—the wrong kinds of thought—not to produce it.
            --Marvin Minsky, mathematician/philosopher/scientist

            A couple of days ago, I took my folder of quotations that I had copied down over the past few years, and compiled them into the entry, “Quotations.”  During that process, I wound up going over the one above, and it got me thinking about music.  As I have indicated in previous writings, I moved from a traditional, institutional church to a house church about two years ago.  Between growing up with television and radio, I was quite exposed to music, and then exposed more being sent to church.  Since coming to faith in Jesus in high school, I was, first, exposed to music in church more, and saw music outside the church in a more questioning light.  I can specifically point to the why of that.
            It actually goes back to when I was in junior high school.  My room was on the second floor of my parents’ house, and the heating system used wood and coal.  The first floor was extremely warm, and my parents had tv on in the evening, so I went upstairs in my room to study.  Given how the heating system worked, my room was about 50 degrees fareinheit.  I just always wore a sweater while studying.  Somewhere along the line I found an old radio.  The first time I plugged it in, the first station I ran into was WGN-AM in Chicago, which was a news talk station, although, at that time, all news talk stations had moderators which took strictly neutral positions on the stories of the time.  I remember thinking that it would be interesting if the moderator would take a position on one side or another.  Given that is what we have now, I am glad my wish didn’t come true any sooner than it did.  After nearly a year, I decided one day to turn the dial and see what other stations there were.  I fairly quickly ran into Top 40 rock stations.  When I was in 8th grade, I developed the idea of catching as many different Top 10 to Top 77 (that was from 770 in Milwaukee) countdown shows and tracking how songs went up and down.  Living in the Midwest with this old time am radio, in the evening I could find over 20 stations from around various parts of the east coast to Midwest which had such programs.  I can remember one evening having on WWWE in Cleveland, which had a 7 to 11 pm dj whose gimmick was to over feature the music of the Doors.  Be that as it may, one evening, he introduced for the first time Jimi Hendrix’s song “Foxy Lady.”  Given that this was about 1966, roughly half of the first sixty seconds was bleeped out.  It popped in my head that I didn’t use that kind of language, my friends didn’t, those that did weren’t my friends, and this was just wrong.  I wasn’t a believer, yet.  I just picked that up from however I grew up.  I turned the station off and stopped listening to rock stations, and junked my Top 10 tracking.  I don’t remember what I switched to, if anything.
            About a year later, I came to faith in Jesus.  Over time, I came to hear the idea, which I believe Calvin proposed that music was created for man to worship with.  From that, one can infer that all other use of music is a perversion of God’s creation, although no more than sinful man’s misuse of anything else.  I think I heard it, but may have felt that such a statement was an overstating a case to make an idea fit a theological system.
Still, I just have never cared much for secular music except for instrumentals.
            Maybe, I have thought of this because the heat went out in my house a couple of days ago, so I’ve worn sweaters more this week than I have since I was in that wood heated house.  Maybe, I have thought about it due to being a sports fan, and Wednesday being the day sports and music are inseperably connected by Howard Cosell, on Monday Night Football, 30 years ago that night, announcing the assassination of John Lennon.  Of course, Lennon’s song “Imagine” is about as close to stating the polar opposite of Christian ethics as one can write, and also one of the few songs that comes close to making an intellectual, albeit anti-logical, case for a point of view.  Then, I ran across the Minsky quote, above. 
            The last one year plus, I have been at a house church in which, shall we say, music has not been a featured item.  Most weeks we use some to begin worship, but those who play guitar haven’t really had time to practice, so it doesn’t come off anywhere close to as polished as the music I have experienced in church over the years.  I’ll argue that that isn’t a bad thing.  While we can use music to worship God, it, and all other music, can be used to get oneself into a mood.  That’s the same as what Minsky calls suppressing thought.  While I certainly thought when I was a teenager that I could study better with music on, and it may have been a positive versus battling the sounds coming from the tv on the first floor, I cannot work well with music with singing in the background.  More and more, I prefer silence to even instrumental music.  Still, music is helpful in eliminating logical speech in the background, whether it be the words of a gripping drama or the pre-school level communication of Nick Jr.  As my 4 year old grandson is in the next room, its usually Wow Wow Wubbzy that’s the distraction of the moment.
            That said, my question is, is even our worship music a means of suppressing thought?  The more I am thinking about it, I am feeling the answer is yes.  The radio going on in the car isn’t all that bad—one should be concentrating on driving safely first.  For the musician, I know there is all this research that musical training assists in non-musical intellectual study.  But just having music cranking, not performing it, but just having it in the background, can give one the feeling of being a part of something while not actually being a part of something, or even associating with others, although the dj is, in a one-way manner, associating with you and all kinds of other people, and everyone else cannot usually associate back.
            As I write this, I’m not saying, at this time, that I’ve gotten a mental grip on this idea yet.  What do you think?  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Woody Paige-isms

Woody Paige is a former sportswriter, who, as part of the sports talk show “Around the Horn” would have a blackboard hanging behind him with a phrase that changed 2 to 4 times per program.  Here is some of those phrases.
I don’t live in fantasy; I only work there.
If silence is a weapon, I’m defenseless.
Madness takes its toll; please have exact change.
Dorothy go lost in Oz because three men were giving her directions.
Relish today.  Ketchup tomorrow.
Money can’t buy everything, but then again, neither can no money.
Also, too, never, ever, use repetitive redundencies.
I always wanted to be a procrastinator, but I never got around to it.
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
Can you buy an entire chess set in a pawn shop?
Imagine a world without hypothetical situations.
If a parsley farmer gets sued, can they garnish his wages?
Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
Does your train of thought have a caboose?
If ignorance is bliss, why is ___________ so sad?
Don’t hate yourself in the morning; sleep until Noon.
He who throws dirt loses ground.
I think that will take much longer than I think it will.
This is not an optical illusion; it only looks like one.
Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.
Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them.
Having one child makes you a parent; having two makes you a referee.
I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a word I say.
A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
Bears without ears is “B”
Coaches are fired every year for health reasons; people are sick and tired of them.
The older I get, the better I was.

Quotations: a collection of ones I thought to be significant

Note: This list of quotations is 19 pages long.  You may be surprised to see an unusual amount of quotations concern education, mathematics and science.  At a certain point, I considered going back to college to go into teaching.  Albeit a necessary thing, I ultimately concluded that I couldn’t take the politics of it, at this point in history.
Now, just as there is a difference in the art of teaching in different fields, so there is a reciprocal difference in the art of being taught.
                        --Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book, p. 74

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
                        --George Santayana

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
                        --Upton Sinclair

Men do not become dictators only to keep warm.

No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty.
                        --C. S. Lewis

There have been civilized people in all ages.  In all ages they have been surrounded by barbarism.
                        --Sir Maurice Powicke

In the first place, he (Owen Barfield) made short work of what I have called my “chronological snobbery” the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.  You must find out why it went out of date.  Was it ever refuted (and, if so, by whom, where, and how conclusively) or did it merely die away as fashions do?  If the latter, this tells us nothing about its truth or falsehood.
                        --C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy, Ch. 8

Our intellectual desire (curiosity) to know the true answer to a question is quite different from out desire to find that one answer, rather than another, is true.
                        --C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy, Ch. 14

The higher the stakes, the greater the temptation to lose your temper over the game.
                        --C. S. Lewis, Reflections on Psalms:  Cursings

…a man with an obsession is a man who has very little sales-resistance.
                        --C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Social Morality

If race, sex, and class were not politically and economically significant categories, it is likely that no one would care very much about biological differences between these groups.
                        --Marian Lowe

It is virtually impossible to separate the idea of equality from the idea of similarity.
                        --Germaine Greer, feminist writer
The real most Frequently Asked Questions:
            How much?
            Where’s the bathroom?

Nothing is as good as it seems, nothing is as bad as it seems; somewhere in between is where reality falls.
                        --Lou Holtz

Here’s the one thing I know about Lady Luck.  She likes to hang out with the guys who like to practice the hardest.
                        --attributed to Jason Mercier (professional poker player) in a commercial

In general, sermons are way too information rich to be particularly useful.
                        --Ross Rohde,

The sign of a man’s character is how he treats a person who can do nothing for him.
                        --sign in the Denver Broncos locker room

There’s a new sheriff in town—but the sheriff is Barney Fife.

Nintendo was founded September 23, 1889. Nintendo, in Japanese, means “leave luck to heaven.”  Originally, it made playing cards.
                        --according to CNBC

I don’t get paid for being right; I get paid for being interesting.
                        --Colin Cowherd, 10/20/2009

Who wants to live a life imprisoned in safety?

When you decide what to do with the rest of your life, you want the rest of your life to begin as soon as possible.
                        --from the movie, “When Harry Met Sally”

Popcorn needs to be at 14% moisture content to pop properly.  It pops at 446 degrees Fahrenheit.  It expands 44 ½ times its size as a kernel.

God is not disillusioned with you because He has no illusions about you.
                        --Gerald Coats

Bulls make money, bears make money, pigs get slaughtered
                        --Jim Cramer (with the note that someone else probably said it before him)

No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts.  No just and loving God looks upon them with favor.
--Barack Obama, the day after the Ft. Hood killings.                                                We need to note that, the person responsible was Muslim; to my knowledge, no part of Islam claims Allah to be loving

I can name you head football coach at the University of Notre Dame; I cannot name you the leader.
            --Fr. Theodore Hesberg, what Lou Holtz says he was told

That’s at the corner of Delicious and Juicy in the middle of Flavortown.
            --Guy Fieri

If you put your foot in your mouth, don’t complain about how your toes taste.
            --Colin Cowherd

Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never achieve it.
            --Salvador Dali

Misinformation usually gets spread in a knowledge vacuum.
            --Diane Stafford, business writer, Kansas City Star

I want to talk about things that matter to people who care.

My personal life I find extraordinarily interesting.  Other people’s personal lives I find tedious, at best.
            --Mike Greenberg

Since when do people know what they really want?
            --God, the character in the movie “Bruce Almighty”

You just lanced a bunch of sacred cows?  Where’s the barbecue?
            --Brad or Wayne (to the other), 10/22/2009 podcast

Nothing is impossible for the man who will not listen to reason.
            --the character played by John Belushi in “Animal House”

Life is like a coin; you can spend it any way you want, but you can only spend it once.

As an explanation of the world, materialism has a sort of insane simplicity.  It has just the quality of the madman’s argument; we have at once the sense of it covering everything and the sense of it leaving everything out.
            --G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, p. 23.

For the more complicated seems the coincidence, the less it can be a coincidence.
            --G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, p. 82

An expanding universe does not preclude a creator, but it does place limits on when he might have carried out his job!
            --Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time (1996 ed.)

If the rate of expansion one second after the big bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred million million, the universe would have recollapsed before it ever reached its present size.
            --Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time (1996 Ed.), p. 127

Make to do lists.  You can’t achieve dreams if you don’t have a plan together.
            --Penelope Trunk, columnist

A plan is like a pie crust—made to be broken and adjusted as things change.
            --Bill Coplin, 25 Ways to Make College Pay Off, p. 56

State legislators prefer writing new legislation over abolishing dysfunctional legislation.
            --Graham Down

There is nothing so unequal as equal treatment of unequals.
            --Justice Felix Frankfurter

Excellence is a habit.

But if you ask, “Do you see red and blue the same way I see red and blue?” well, that’s something you can’t communicate to me.  So I don’t think we’ll be able to explain everything we’re conscious of.
            --Francis Crick, (as quoted by Horgan)

I think the reason people like music is to suppress thought—the wrong kinds of thought—not to produce it.
            --Marvin Minsky, mathematician/philosopher/scientist

You never understand everything.  When one understands everything, one has gone crazy.
            --Philip Anderson, physicist, Nobel laureate

A group of hunters, having pitched camp, set out to go bear hunting.  They walk one mile due south, then one mile due east, at which point they sight a bear.  Bagging their game, they return to camp, and figure out that, altogether they have traveled three miles.  What was the color of the bear?             Answer down a few quotes.

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by the skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.  We need men who can dream things that never were.
            --John F. Kennedy

The evidence is overwhelming that individuals grow intellectually at differing rates and at different times.
            --Mortimer Adler

The primary cause (of learning) is always and only the activity of the student’s mind.
            --Mortimer Adler

Parents who do not monitor the doing of homework, who do not provide an environment conducive to doing it, who do not encourage the doing of more of it rather than less, are derelict in their emotional duty as parents.
            --Mortimer Adler

The best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
            --Theodore Roosevelt

Answer to the riddle:  White.  To go one mile south, then one mile east, then one mile north, and arrive at the beginning, one is camped on the north pole, and you could only have bagged a polar bear.

In life, most of what we must learn happens outside a classroom.
            --“The Teacher”

You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose.
            --N.Y. Governor Mario Cuomo

…the Eskimo people,…have no word for “teacher” or “wise man,” but instead recognize people who play the role of “isumataq.”  The isumataq does not teach or preach, but in his presence, wisdom is revealed.
            --Barry Lopez

No student knows his subject; the most he knows is where and how to find out the things he does not know.
            --Woodrow Wilson

I have sometimes commented that it amazes me what people think psychologists know—the only thing that amazes me more is what some psychologists think psychologists know!
            --Michael Durrant

Successful schools take it for granted that mistakes have a logic to them that needs to be uncovered, not just corrected.
            --Deborah Meier

Take care for whom you choose for associates, for they will shape you.
            --Bobb Beihl

A public company is the most democratic institution in the world, when it comes to who can be an owner.  It’s an example of true equal opportunity.  It doesn’t matter what color you are, what sex, what religion, what sign of the zodiac, or what nationality, or whether you have bunions, pimples, or bad breath.
            --Peter Lynch, “Learn to Earn”

…we should concede to Plato that within our culture we have an obligation to choose and promote our best traditions.
            --E. D. Hirsch Jr., “Cultural Literacy”

(An anthropological concept of education) deems it neither wrong or unnatural to teach young children adult information before they fully understand it.
            --E. D. Hirsch Jr., “Cultural Literacy”

“Zip”, as in zip code, is an acronym for “zone improvement plan.”

Contranym—a word that has opposite meanings.  Examples: oversight, clip, garnish, fast, weather.

I’m unaware of any studies that have addressed the question of whether homework enhances the depth of students’ understanding of ideas or their passion for learning.  The fact that more meaningful outcomes are hard to quantify does not make test scores or grades any more valid, reliable, or useful as measures.
            --Alfie Kohn, “The Homework Myth,” p. 36

Man consists of body, mind, and imagination.  His body is faulty, his mind untrustworthy, but his imagination has made him remarkable. In some centuries, his imagination has made life on this planet an intense practice of all the lovlier energies.
            --John Mansfield, “Shakespeare and Spiritual Life”

A mathematician’s ultimate concern is that his or her inventions be logical, not realistic.  That is not to say, however, that mathematical inventions do not correspond to real things. 
…their ideas are often very abstract and do not initially appear to have any correspondence to the real world.  Typically, however, mathematical ideas are eventually successfully applied to describe real phenomena…
            --Michael Guillen, “Bridges to Infinity,” p. 4

…mathematicians observe nature with the sense of imagination almost exclusively.  That is, mathematicians are as specialized, and therefore as well practiced, with this sixth sense as musicians are with sounds, gourmets are with tastes and smells, and photographers and filmmakers are with sights.
            --Michael Guillen, “Bridges to Infinity,” p. 5

You resemble the thought which you conceive.

Writing fiction, I’ve always believed, is the very best way of sailing dangerously close to the truth without sinking the ship.
            --Kinky Friedman

If politics is Hollywood for ugly people, then mathematics is art for the logical.

Game theory predicts that there will be natural difficulties associated with cooperation, but it also indicates that the alternative would be worse.
            --Michael Guillen, “Bridges to Infinity,” p. 145

What the judges failed to realize, as they led us down this lonesome road, was the chilling effect their decisions would have on the school’s mission to help raise decent, caring, ethical human beings—a mission we now know goes hand-in-hand with academic excellence and intellectual discipline.
            --Larry Frase and William Streshley, “Top 10 Myths in Education,” p. 82

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts, but learning how to make facts live.
            --Oliver Wendell Holmes

In the conditions of modern life, the rule is absolute—the race which does not value trained intelligence is doomed.
            --Alfred North Whitehead

Culture is activity of thought, and receptiveness to beauty and humane feeling.  Scraps of knowledge have nothing to do with it.
            --Alfred North Whitehead

At the level of the individual learner, (excellence) means performing on the boundry of individual ability in ways that test and push back personal limits, in school and in the workplace.
            --“A Nation At Risk,” National Commission on Excellence in Education,
            April, 1983

It was Nashville in the early seventies.  Most of the songs sounded alike, most of the singers looked alike, and most of the songwriters thought alike, if they thought at all.
            --Kinky Friedman, “’Scuse Me While I Whip This Out,” p. 6                      

Sometimes a bit of reality sparks an idea, only to be adopted and cultivated by a needy person or group of people, in search of understanding.  Other times, a myth is created for profit and gain, rather than to benefit those it is purported to serve.
            --Larry Frase and William Streshley, “Top 10 Myths in Education,” p. viii

Many school failures have little to do with what happens at school and a great deal to do with what happens (or fails to happen) at home.  For the youngsters who come to school ready for learning, the schools are working pretty well.
            --William Raspberry, in 1992

When the American Association of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation recommended that trampolines by removed from high schools because they were too dangerous, the trampolines were removed.  The pressure group behind trampoline use in high schools was virtually nonexistent… A few years later, when varsity football was estimated to be one hundred times more dangerous than trampolines, the public response was to buy more liability insurance.
            --Larry Frase and William Streshley, “Top 10 Myths in Education,” p. 71

Who wants to eat 27 bites of the same thing?
            --attributed to chef Mario Batali

Our colleagues in educational leadership are quick to fix blame for discipline and morality problems in the school on the courts.  Yet our friends in the judiciary explain that they can only make judgments on the argument presented.  The maintain quite correctly that it’s up to those who are experts in the dynamics of public schooling to make cogent arguments.
            --Larry Frase & William Streshley, “Top 10 Myths in Education,” p. 81

Take music, for example. Is music notes on paper, the sounds made by a symphony, or the groove on a grammaphone record?  It is all these things, of course, but none of them, as well.
---Sir John Brainard (as quoted by A. K. Dewdney,  Mathematical Mystery Town”, p. 160-1)

Mathematical thinking is not like ordinary thinking.  Your thoughts are focused in the most extraordinary way on objects so extremely simple, so bereft on detail, that you understand them fully.
            --Sir John Brainard (as quoted by Dewdney, “MMT”, p. 163)

Computers establish at least one thing about mathematical realities.  How can anyone doubt the independent existence of the numbers 0 and 1?  They manifest in many different forms in a computer.  They are now either the point of light on the screen, or its absence, now the charge of a transistor or its absence, now the presence of a pulse in a wire or its absence, now a “1” printed on paper or a “0.”  They flit from one form to another, forever aloof from final definition, but undeniably real.
            --Sir John Brainard (as quoted by Dewdney, “MMT”, p. 198)

The Pythagorean Hypothesis:  The cosmos and everything in it is ruled by mathematical laws.

You can’t get a better hog by weighing it more often.
            --unknown Iowa hog farmer

Mathematics is like the wheel.  Almost every culture has its wheel, and the wheels made  by different cultures all look different.  An Egyptian chariot wheel is quite different from that on a medieval European oxcart, and both wheels are again different from those on a modern automobile.  Yet all wheels operate on exactly the same principles.
            --Petros Pygonopdis (quoted by A. K. Dewdney, “MMT”, p. 31)

Truth proceeds more readily from error than from confusion.
            --Francis Bacon

I can only say that we apprehend numbers only through our notation, our words.  But we cannot dispense with these vehicles any more than we can walk without feet.
            --Jusuf al-Flayli, Cairo University (quoted by Dewdney, “MMT”, p. 65)

Algebra:  from the Arabic al-jabr, meaning balance

But paradoxical as it may sound, only the possibility of being wrong will save science from being a purely cultural exercise.
            --Jusuf al-Flayli (quoted by Dewdney, “MMT”, p. 103)

Is there something like a place where mathematics exists?  Well, it certainly exists in our minds.  ….And the mind, as we know, can have physical effects of the most profound kind.  Thus, in an indirect way, I can say that wherever else mathematics may be, it is also part of the physical world.
--Sir John Brainard, Merton College, Oxford (as quoted by Dewdney, “MMT”, 159)
If you’re too big to fail, you’re too big…period.
            --Robert Reich (said on CNBC 6/1/2009, the day GM went bankrupt)

That’s what I always tell people in journalism lectures:  You don’t want to assume when you ask someone a question that you know what he’s going to answer.
            --Bob Schiefer, CBS News anchor

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
            --St. Augustine
Listening is such an underrated part of any discipline.
            --Michael Wilbon, on 6/11/2009

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
            --Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The truths of mathematics do not obey our wishes or our fears.
            --A. K. Dewdney, “MMT”, p. 5

THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS, Yes, life isn’t fair.  Other kids have more money. Their English is better.  Their parents are better connected.  The American dream may be more of a reach for the children of the poor.  …If students across town were better readers, we would have to work longer, harder, and with more discipline.
            --Rafe Esquith, “There Are No Shortcuts,” p. 21

I want my students to understand that their ability to read and write is a matter of life and death.
            --Rafe Esquith, “TANS,” p. 44

It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.
--(I leave this attribution blank; I don’t believe the common attribution)
Once you realize there is life after mistakes, you gain a self-confidence that never goes away.
            --Bob Schiefer

No country has ever benefited from a protracted war.
            --Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”

(A child’s brain’s) most important needs cannot be met electronically:  frequent and affectionate human interaction, models of thoughtful behavior, and physical exercise are far more important.
            --Jane Healy, “Failure to Connect,” p. 176

People don’t have social relationships with tools.
            --Byron Reeves & Clifford Nes, “The Media Equation”

Overall, it is far more important to raise our children to be good people than to be founts of information.  After all, Hitler had plenty of information.
            --Jane Healy, “Failure to Connect,” p. 199

…a dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye

When you plant a fertile meme* in my mind, you literally parasitize my brain, turning it into a vehicle for the meme’s propagation, in just the same way that a virus may parasitize the genetic mechanism of a host cell.
            --Richard Dawkin
*meme:  an idea or belief system that attains a life of its own, grows, and reproduces itself as it gains public consciousness.
Therefore, on certain pop culture ideas, you don’t have the idea, the idea owns you.

If you have a platform and don’t use it, they might as well put a trained monkey up there.
            --Keith Olberman

The roots of language study are bitter, but the fruits are sweet.

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.
            --Aristotle, “Nichomachean Ethics”

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
            --Richard Steele, “The Tattler”

The cumulative and coherent study of mathematics is, in fact, a microcosm of the entire curriculum and reflects in its expanding field the workings of the scholarly mind in a manner analogous to that which we examined in the field of arts and letters.
            --David Hicks, “Norms and Nobility”

Anything that makes me talk to one more lawyer or one more accountant, I don’t need.
            --Conway Twitty, country music singer who was known as a business success

Tomorrow’s economy will be volatile and dependent on flexible workers with a high level of intellectual skills.  Thus, the best vocational education will be…in the use of one’s mind.
            --Theodore R. Sizer, “Horace’s Compromise”

The Smithsonian Institution’s recipe for genius and leadership: (1) children should spend a great deal of time with loving, educationally-minded parents; (2) children should be allowed a lot of free exploration (under parental guidance); and (3) children should have little to no association with peers outside family and relatives.
            --Harold G. McCurdy, “The Childhood Pattern of Genius,” 1957
McCurdy’s conclusion:  Mass education in public schools has “the effect of reducing all three of the above factors to minimum values.”
Becoming a responsible human being is a path filled with potholes and visited constantly by temptations. Children need guidance and moral road maps, and they benefit immensely with the examples of adults who speak truthfully and act from moral strength.
            --Vigen Guroian, “Tending the Heart of Virtue”

Employment is nature’s physician, and is essential to human happiness.

Let no one ignorant of mathematics enter here.
            --Plato (inscription written over the entrance to the Academy)

Knowledge is virtue.
            --Plato (if you’re going to be wrong, go big!)

I’m here to do a job and for that job I’m paid a sum of money.  You are here to do a job also, and you better do it as if you are paid.  You are not paid in money right now, but you are paid in points, and those points gather and accumulate into a transcript that is going to get you into some school that is going to get you a further education that is going to get you a job that is going to pay money.  This is your job.  It is your job to pay attention and your job to do your homework.
            --Cliff Gill, 9th grade math teacher, Mamaronck High School, to his students.

When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.
            --Lord Falkland

…educational bureaucracies, like all bureaucracies, tend to replace their original task with the goal of self-perpetuation.  And in the achievement of that goal there has been tremendous success.
            --Douglas Wilson, “Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning,” p. 133

For if we are not all professional teachers, we have all, at some time or other, been taught.  Even if we learned nothing—perhaps in particular if we learned nothing—our contribution to the discussion may have a potential value.
            --Dorothy Sayers, “The Lost Tools of Learning”

C. S. Lewis’ opinion of average undergraduate students in 1927 (he was still an atheist at this time):  “a drinking, guffawing cry of barbarians with hardly any taste among them.”

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains:  it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
            --C. S. Lewis, “The Problem of Pain”

The critic means by “civilization” things like big cities and offices. I mean things like justice, mercy, free speech, honour, and courtesy.  It is unfortunate that English uses the word in both senses.
            --C. S. Lewis, in response to a criticism of his book, “The Last Battle”

When you have a stormy romance, and the umbrella breaks, people get rained on.
            --Herman Edwards

Talking to yourself is OK; its lying to yourself that’s dangerous.  --?
Carl Sagan endorsed Stanislav Grof’s hypothesis that near-death experiences are recollections of the birth experience.  Therefore persons born by cesarian section would not have a “tunnel” in the experience, persons born naturally would.  Experiments conducted by interviewing persons who have had a near-death experience proved the hypothesis false.
            --Wynn & Wiggins, “Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction,” p. 79

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science.
            --Edwin Powell Hubble

If only one nation exists, that nation can …oppress its citizens and corporations, and those citizens and corporations have no recourse.
            --Hugh Ross, “The Genesis Question,” p. 175

In English (when workers get 24 vacation days) leisure and pleasure rhyme. In the United States, leisure rhymes with seizure.
            --Steve Rushin

…a native in America, especially of New England, who cannot read and write is as rare a phenomenon as a comet.
            --Pres. John Adams, from his diary

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
            --a bumper sticker

We did try ignorance, now it wants a raise.

To have people who are well informed but not constrained by conscience is, conceivably, the most dangerous outcome of education possible.  Indeed it could be argued that ignorance is better than unguided intelligence, for the most dangerous people are those who have knowledge without a moral framework.
            --Ernest Boyer, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
            “The Third Wave of School Reform,” Christianity Today, 9/22/1989

If I criticize somebody, its because I have higher hopes for the world, something good to replace the bad.  I’m not saying what the Beat Generation: “Go away because I’m not involved.”  I’m here and I’m involved.
            --Mort Sahl, 1950’s and 60’s comic

The word processor is the writer’s dishwasher:  it liberates you from a chore that’s not creative and saps your energy.
            --William Zinsser, “On Writing Well,” p. 225

Obviously, educators want to get students to think in class.  But the real goal should be to get them to think in the hallways between classes.
            --Douglas Wilson, “Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning,” p. 59

Without an infinite reference point, all finite points are absurd.
            --Jean-Paul Sartre

Now it is true that some who claim to hold to Christian truth are unreasoning idealogues.  But to argue from that fact to the position that all commitment to truth (by schools or individuals) must be unreasoning ideology is to be guilty of a non sequitur of the first rank.  One could similarly argue that because counterfeit money exists, real money does not.
            --Douglas Wilson, “Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning,” p. 61-62

To what can I devote my life?  It’s one of the few things in life where being smarter doesn’t give you any advantage in finding your answers.
            --Po Brosnan, “What Should I Do with My Life,” p. 176

You know what my dad would say?  He’d say, “You want to find yourself? Go look in the mirror.  Now get back to work.”
            --Jonathon Greenblatt,

You’ll get over your fears if you’re in a situation where you simply have to.  --?

People who love what they do are much more productive than those who are doing it for the paycheck.
            --Po Brosnan, “What Should I Do with My Life,” p. 82

Don’t be kind of bold.  Be bold.
            --William Zinsser, “On Writing Well,” p. 111

Words are like harpoons.  Once they go in, they are very hard to pull out.
            --Sir Fred Hoyle, astronomer-physicist

…you can’t explain (speciation) at the level of the adaptive struggle of the individuals in…conventional Darwinian terms.
            --Stephen Jay Gould

Scientists are no cleaner with respect to being untouched by culture than anyone else.
            --Lynn Margulis, U. of Massachusetts at Amherst

Provocateur:  gadfly, one who is “fruitfully wrong”  (hopefully the second is an improper definition).

If their argument is just based on provocative adjestives about me rather than the substance of the issue, then…
            --Lynn Margulis, from John Horgan, “The End of Science,” p. 131

…the origin of life appears to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have to be satisfied to get it going.
            --Francis Crick, “Life Itself”

In the wake of the publication of Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” the idea of progress was raised to the level of a scientific religion.
            --Gunther Stent, “The Paradoxes of Progress,” professor of molecular biology,
             U. of California at Berkeley

Most philosophers are really deeply depressed becaused they can’t produce anything worthwhile.
            --Sir Karl Popper, philosopher-scientist

(Scientific philosopher Paul) Feyerabend (in his book “Against Method”) sought to show that there is no logic to science; scientists create and adhere to scientific theories for what are ultimately subjective and even irrational reasons.
            --John Horgan, “The End of Science,” p. 48

(Scientific philosopher Paul Feyerabend’s) talent for advancing absurd positions through sheer cleverness led to a growing suspicion that rhetoric rather than truth is crucial for carrying for carrying an argument.
            --John Horgan, “The End of Science,” p. 51

There is separation between state and church, but more between state and science.
            --Paul Feyerabend

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.   --?

Mathematics is the study of patterns to solve problems.  Mathematics is a language…  It is shared most effectively as a journey with love, joy, and wonder.
            --Patricia Clark Kenschaft

Math is not about computers, as cooking is not about stoves, and chemistry is not about pyrex tubes.    --?

A (person) who learns that repeated failed attempts often end in success has learned one of life’s greatest lessons.
            --Patricia Clark Kenschaft

The paid attendance at baseball games would not increase if we required every 5th grader to memorize the current batting averages of every player in the Red Sox lineup.  Nor would the understanding of the game be increased.  The true flavor of math, like baseball, is subtle…
            --Robert Davis
Honest is going out of your way to tell people the truth, even when it would be easy not to.
            --Dave Thomas (of Wendy’s)

And I’m afraid my generation has used stimulation as a synthetic substitute for other types of gratification that can be ultimately more rewarding and enduring.
            --Po Brosnan, writer

Go out into the world and watch what you naturally pay attention to.  This will reveal your interests.
            --unknown career counselor

They (scientists) also believe, as I do, that the quest for knowledge is by far the noblest and most meaningful of all human activities.
            --John Horgan, columnist for Scientific American

It must be as impossible for us to know the future of science—pure or applied—as it would have been for Thomas Aquinas to anticipate Madonna or microwave ovens.            --John Horgan, “The End of Science,” p. 18

Writing is an act of ego.
            --William Zinsser, “On Writing Well,” p. 26

You learn to write by writing.  It’s a truism, but what makes it a truism is that it’s true.
            --William Zinsser, “On Writing Well,” p. 59

…if you try to go any farther in life, you keep hitting the same old issues.  And you have to resolve that issue before you can grow anymore.
            --Po Brosnan, “What Should I Do with My Life?” p. 145

QED:  an acronym for “quod erat demonstandum,” Latin for “which was to be demonstrated.”  It denotes the end of a successful proof.

If you can live without coaching, don’t coach.
            --Paul “Bear” Bryant, great college football coach

What we do know is that not requiring challenging courses results in mediocre test scores, high percentages of students entering college in remedial courses, and high school graduates who are unprepared for the workplace.
--from Southern Regional Education Board report “High School Graduation
Standards: What We Expect and What We Get,” 1976

The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude, which, in morals, is the more heroical virtue.
            --Francis Bacon, “Of Adversity”
The “why” of school is not just to graduate kids who can get a job.  The real “why” is the process of bringing out a passion for living, a joy for learning, and a desire to have an active role in society as a contributor.  It’s passion that makes life vibrant and exciting.
            --Eric Jensen, “Enriching the Brain,” p. 210

The perpetuity by generation is common to beasts, but memory, merit and noble works are proper to men.
            --Francis Bacon, “Of Parents and Children”

But power to do good is the true and lawful end of aspiring.
            --Francis Bacon, “Of
Great Place

…for there is rarely any rising (politically) but by a commixture of good and evil arts.
            --Francis Bacon, “Of Nobility”

…it is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends, without which the world is but a wilderness.
            --Francis Bacon, “On Friendship”

 We know that nearly anyone can become good at mathematics.  And if they’re will to put in the hours, anyone who works hard at it can become a mathematician.
            --Eric Jensen, “Enriching the Brain,” p. 168

…the gifted make unique contributions to society.  The numbers show that they are overrepresented in the arts, in higher education, in research, economics, science, and other highly valued fields in society.  In addition, they stay married longer, pay more taxes, and use fewer social and medical services, that their more typical counterparts.
            --Eric Jensen, “Enriching the Brain,” p. 171

I don’t know anyone with just a high school diploma who feels they have enough education to sustain a career anymore.
            --Karen Wells, Vice President for Instruction, Sinclair Communnity College, Dayton, OH

Better a pint of sweat than a gallon of blood.
            --Gen. George Patton

A common technique used by Asian teachers in mathematics classes is to have (students) present as many different solutions to a problem as possible, and then to have the class discuss which methods are most efficient, and why.
            --Stevenson & Stigler, “The Learning Gap,” p. 140

Innumeracy:  the inability or unwillingness to understand basic mathematical ideas involving numbers or logic as they apply to everyday life.

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
            --Stephen Leacock, “The Garden of Folly

None of us really understands what’s going on with all these numbers.
            --David Stockman, Pres. Reagan’s Budget Director, in 1981

In the long run, we are all dead.
            --John Maynard Keynes, economist

Math class is tough.
            --Barbie, 1992 Mattel voice chip

Conventional scientists have found that if they publicly critique something they don’t agree with (creationism, ESP, perpetual motion machine, either side of global warming issue), such critique brings the opposing view credibility as being equal scientific wisdom, media coverage, financial support, and sympathetic intellectual study.  Ignoring it seems intellectually improper, but public criticism works to the opposite side’s advantage.

The world is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
            --J.B.S. Haldane, geneticist

I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.
            --Chinese proverb

Things get more and more complicated, but they don’t converge to a single point.  They spread out and disperse in a very complex way.  So I don’t see everything heading toward some grand integration.  I see it as much more pluralistic and differentiated.
            --Clifford Gertz, speaking on where anthropology is headed
Note:  The same statement could be applied to all other social sciences (as opposed to natural sciences)

Utility companies are bound to their local communities by the wires and pipelines that carry their products and services.  They are, therefore, dependent on the quality of the economic resources—namely, the workforce—in their service area.
            --Steven Kussman, Utility/Business Education Coalition

Proving a negative hypothesis is impossible.

Anthropology, or at least interpretive anthropology, is a science whose progress is marked less by a perfection of consensus than by a refinement of debate.  What gets better in the precision with which we vex each other.
            --Clifford Gertz

…to postmodernists, a text is a text is a text.
            --John Horgan, “The End of Science,” p. 155

Possibly, but what’s the use of describing a Beethoven symphony in terms of air-pressure waves?
            --Albert Einstein, when asked if science was exhausted

Factors such as stress, nutrition, exercise, social factors, trauma, and even extended emotional states can each influence gene expression.
            --Eric Jensen, “Enriching the Brain,” p. 7-8

My attitude is that it’s always a good idea to read works that are contrary to your point of view.  It does the mind some good.
            --Eric Jensen, “Enriching the Brain,” p. 35

Talent is the compatibility between biology and environment, and learning differences only become learning disabilities through specific environments.
            --Eric Jensen, “Enriching the Brain,” p. 131

When asked whether our nation’s public schools do a good job preparing students for the world of work, only 4% of business leaders in a 1995 survey said yes, compared with 44% of high school teachers, and 68% of school superintendents.
            --Lynn Olsen, “The School to Work Revolution”

Work is one of our greatest blessings.  Everyone should have an honest occupation.
        --inscription over the front door of Ringe School of Technical Arts, Cambridge, MA

Perfection is our goal.  Excellence will be tolerated.
            --a sign at Siemens-Stromberg Carlson Apprenticeship Training Center, Lake Mary, FL

A lot of my colleagues like the idea of final theories because they’re religious.  And they use it as a replacement for God, which they don’t believe in.  But they just created a substitute.
            --Mitchell Feigerbaum, (quoted by Horgan, “The End of Science,” p. 222)