November 16, 2010

Otequay of Esterdayay

... Since I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday, but I think it's good enough for belated honors.

A male caller to Mike Rosen's radio show in yesterday's 9 o'clock hour, who claimed to be a school teacher with over 20 years of experience, regarding the culpability of administrators for the failures of America's public education system:

"I don't think it's [administration] part of the problem, I think it's eighty-five percent of the problem."

Here's hoping he doesn't teach math. Or grammar. Or logic.

Education Quote of the Day Posted by JohnGalt at November 16, 2010 2:59 PM

In fairness, he may have meant to say "I don't think it's just part of the problem..." He didn't have the advantage of a teleprompter, you know.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at November 18, 2010 10:28 AM

Based on the context I can tell you he had intended to say, "it's the whole problem" but realized before he said it that it wasn't true. Then he was stuck with making up some high percentage figure estimate.

You are right that this was extemporaneous speech but with the caveat that this man is a school teacher, I think this ranks up there with the teacher who asked me what "statist" means.

Posted by: johngalt at November 18, 2010 2:38 PM | What do you think? [2]