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My own faith was nurtured by my grandmother and her clinging deeply to her faith when she was dying a painful and slow death from cancer.

Convincing people to give your way a try will work if you neutralize - and sometimes you have to cauterize - the ones who really are against change. They're the kind of person who, if you tell them it's raining outside, they'll fight you tooth and nail.

I believe that for lots of churches and religious institutions, their main focus on the development of faith among parishioners needs to spread to the community.

People don't believe or understand that a community can lose hope. You can have a whole community where hopelessness is the norm, where folks don't have faith that things will get better because history and circumstances have proven over 30, 40, or 50 years that things don't get better.

An extended school day gives administrators the ability to ensure children get a well-rounded education.

Education is the only billion dollar industry that tolerates abject failure.

Good dental care doesn't make you a good student, but if your tooth hurts, it's hard to be a good student.

If you are a lousy teacher, you should be fired.

It is important to have permanent safe spaces in Harlem.

It's just becoming more acceptable for girls to react violently.

Lots of boys pick strong messages about who they are and who they want to be from the media.

Middle-class families know education begins at birth.

Movies portray men as tough guys.

Teachers need to be paid like professionals.

The system decides you can't run schools in the summer.

The tendency in lots of large organizations is to try and find a comfortable place where you think you can get measured rewards for measured work.

There's not a day that goes by that I don't draw on my undergraduate background in psychology.

Video games offer violent messages, and even the sports video games include taunting and teasing.

We've gotta guarantee all of our kids an education.

When I began working in not-for-profits, it was taking a vow of poverty, which eliminated huge numbers of folks.