You put a textbook in front of these kids, put a problem on the blackboard, teach them every problem in some statewide test, it won’t matter. None of it. ‘Cause they’re not learning for our world, they’re learning for theirs. They know exactly what it is they’re training for and what it is everyone expects them to be.
You know what I was thinking? That tonight’s a good night. Why? Because my shot cop didn’t die. And it hit me. This is what makes a good night on my watch. Absence of a negative.
Middle management means that you have just enough responsibility that you got to listen when people talk, and not so much that you can tell anybody to go f*** themselves.