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Regular readers know that I’m a fan of Marvin Marshall and his writings on positive classroom management strategies.

He included this story in a post today. It’s worth visiting his blog to see the entire post, but here’s a story I loved:

There’s an old story of a young lady who was taken to dinner one evening by William Gladstone and then the following evening by Benjamin Disraeli, both eminent British statesmen in the late nineteenth century.

“When I left the dining room after sitting next to Mr. Gladstone, I thought he was the cleverest man in England,” she said. “But after sitting next to Mr. Disraeli, I thought I was the cleverest woman in England.”

It sounds like Disraeli had a perspective teachers might want to keep in mind.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Yes, very wise words… reminds me of one teacher I had – Mr. Worth (I kid you not, that was his name). Grade 9/10 math teacher who made everyone feel smart and like a million bucks. Thanks Mr. Worth and thanks Larry for reminding me…


  2. Hi Larry,

    One of my favourite Disraeli quotes is something along the lines of:

    Talk to people about themselves and they will listen for hours…

    A great tip for student-centered learning 😉


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