I was always good at math, and I was going to be an engineer, because you had to have a real job. Where I come from, there are no artists; artists were teaching at the high school down the street.
I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn’t know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink.
Going to a party, for me, is as much a learning experience as, you know, sitting in a lecture.
I have been passionate about certain things forever, and I fell in love with computers in fourth grade. I got very lucky: My elementary school had a teletype that was connected to a mainframe computer that some business in downtown Houston donated a little bit of computer time to.
My decision to be a writer was largely shaped by my family upbringing. I grew up in a family that had a distinct sense of history. It permeated our entire family structure. Moreover, my parents were teachers, and they went out of their way to see to it that I had books.
I had no schooling whatever while I was a slave, though I remember on several occasions I went as far as the schoolhouse door with one of my young mistresses to carry her books. The picture of several dozen boys and girls in a schoolroom engaged in study made a deep impression upon me, and […]
People always remember the teacher as opposed to the best student in class. You could be the best student in class, but people are always going to remember the teacher, because the teacher taught the best student in class.
Teachers should not have to practice barricading a classroom. Teachers should not have to know how to treat a gunshot wound. And teachers should not be told that “Lives would have been saved if you only had a gun.”
Having grown up on the South Side of Chicago going to public schools, having been a medical doctor, having worked in Cambodian refugee camps as well as being an engineer as well as being someone who was very versed in dance and the arts — yes, I’m supposed to bring those perspectives to bear on […]
I think that there are really important things that we have to do with students to get them to succeed in science, to go on and stay with careers. And that includes the idea of being exposed to something.