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Each month we choose a favorite quote--something fun or something to make you think. See the archive for quotes from previous months.

Homeroom. Room 214. Mrs. Kukla yelled a little speech at the top of her lungs.

"This is your homeroom which it's the place you come first every day. If any of your teachers wants to make a complaint about you it comes here. I don't want to have to signature any complaint cards, so watch your p's and q's. Some of you students will have me for English as your English teacher and I will have you as students. you will find that I am a fair teacher, and I hope you will all turn out to be a fair student. I am not asking anybody to like me, and I am not asking to like you, but I want to ask you that we all try to like each other because we're stuck. So if you have a problem, tell me about them.

"Today only, and not tomorrow, you will return to this room at the end of the day. If you have any questions, that will be the time to ask it, because I am not only here to create answers, I am also here to create your problem. This way we can be creative at Riverview High School.

"I want you to pass quietly through the halls, learn the rules of Riverview High School, and think of me as your homeroom teacher.

"One more thing. If anybody gives you Communist propaganda or pornography, I want to see it. I hope you will all enjoy your studentship here at our school."

The bell rang, and we all went out into the busy halls to begin our studentship.

           --Daniel Pinkwater, The Education of Robert Nifkin   (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998)

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