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Once upon a time vs. today
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"O.K., here I am in the fourth grade, but is that really what I want to be doing with my life?"
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A cowshed full of dairy cows reading books.
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'Ms. Peters, hold all calls. I'm busy implementing yet another hastily conceived and unproven education innovation.'
"You teach? How did you become interested in knowledge?"
"What did you expect from a failing education system?"
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"I believe that's a Montessori school."
"Ah, Miss Brimsley, I ask you: Which one of us has truly failed?"
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"I worry that more infrastructure spending will mean more schools!"
"What did you expect from a failing educational system?"
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'She's a new school principal with 'old school' principles.'
"Our curriculum focusses less on rote memorization and more on putzing around."
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'Explain to us, son, how gaining nine A levels is uncool and damages your street cred.'
"Unfortunately, my holding on to tech-stocks was faith-based."
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'Normally, I'm home-schooled, but I'm here because I've been suspended for a few days.'
"We should create a RatemyStudent website and see how they like it."
"It's no my fault I got a D. The system is broken."
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'Don't be embarrassed to ask for help Dad.'
"An excellent defense. Let's give her the doctorate."
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'Our son's school is so private even we don't know where it is!'
"This is what's known as a book."
'Your teacher was laid off, so I'll be your substitute. Today I'll be teaching economics.'
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'I taught junior high for fifteen years.'