One Saturday Reunion at Teachers College, I heard him tell this story, "What could you do if you had enough guys?" It's attached here, taken from one of his books of inspirational teaching stories, Teaching Day by Day: 180 Stories to Help You Along the Way (Heinemann, 2004).
Of course, telling the story live was so much more powerful than reading it here. He said...
At midnight the bell signaling the beginning and end of classes suddenly started ringing. Spontaneously we poured from our rooms, half-dressed, still dressing, one question still on our minds, "What could you do if you had enough guys?"
I've often pondered the events of that night, the surge of energy that brought with it the feeling of sudden power.
What could happen if enough teachers and educators came together and speculated about what we could do for our children?
Not exactly like putting a VW on someone's lawn or nailing someone's door shut, but just imagine the impact of what we could do if we had enough guys!