What makes community organizing especially attractive is the faith it places in the ability of the poor to make decisions for themselves.
The only way to change is to vote. People are responsible.
The first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness what the students already believe by virtue of their personal experiences about themselves and society.
The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
Politics is about the improvement of people’s lives. It’s about advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and the world. Politics is about doing well for the people.
Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.
If a teacher does not involve himself his values his commitments in the course of discussion why should the students?
I saw as a teacher how if you take that spark of learning that those children have and you ignite it you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.
I emphasize self-esteem self-confidence and dignity not as an ideal but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development community organizations do not have staying power.
Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities.