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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education

“All the expertise of the physician gets undermined when patients don’t follow through on medical advice such as don’t smoke or don’t eat too much salt. Many patients, even those with sufficient funds, don’t fill and take their prescriptions. All the expertise of a teacher gets undermined when children are poorly fed, left unsupervised at home, and come to school without encouragement from home to do their best.”
Dorothy Rich, founder, Home and School Institute

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
Journalist Sydney J. Harris

“Now I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas, not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours.”
President Barack Obama, who thinks the U.S. should ‘rethink’ school schedules

“We cannot claim to be educators by virtue of our backgrounds or our teaching, but rather by our students and their learning.”
Linda Mariotti, an assistant superintendent in Utah and president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

"When you make a two-year investment, you're not just getting them ready for a test and sending them off. You're building a community that everyone learns to be a part of. It's a powerful force."
Sue Kowalski, a New York teacher, on the practice of “looping,” staying with a class of students for more than one year

“You have to make room for film in curriculum. What you are doing is training the eye and the heart of the student to look at film in a different way by asking questions and pointing to different ideas, different concepts.”
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese

“Not all students who drop out are behind academically. Many are simply bored because they don't see the relevance of what they are learning in school to what is happening in their lives. This suggests that we need to create stronger ties between the curriculum and he lives of our children so that they can see how what they learn in school can be used to solve real problems that they and their families face.”
Pedro A. Noguera, professor, New York University

“The face of America is changing, but one thing will not change. It hasn’t changed for over 200 years. Public education will continue to be the key. Everything hinges on public education; we take all children and give them the keys to the doors they might want to open.”
NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen


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