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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education

“I wouldn’t have made it as far as I have if I didn’t have teachers who inspired me. Whatever subject you teach, I know you inspire your students.”
Entertainer Queen Latifah

“The opportunity for every student to sit quietly and become immersed in an actual book may not be high-tech, instantly quantifiable, or lucrative for the College Board. It just happens to be the only way that anyone ever became a reader.”
Nancie Atwell, author, The Reading Zone

“One-fifth of all children in America are poor. We have many families that are barely getting by. The schools that serve those children need more help to be effective at meeting their academic needs.”
Pedro Noguera, professor, NYU

“The bulk of our work happens before we go into the classroom. It happens in the planning, the preparation, and the provisioning for what we're going to be doing. Once we get into the classroom we should be setting our kids up to do their work on their own.”
Robyn Jackson, author, Never Work Harder Than Your Students

“Education without character.”
One of Mahatma Gandhi’s seven social sins. The other six: commerce without morality, politics without principle, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice

“It is critical, in order to ensure fairness to teachers, that any plans to reward or punish them for gains their students have or have not made control for differences among students in their family situations and other factors that are beyond the teachers’ control.”
Susan H. Fuhrman, president, Teachers College, Columbia University

“To allow new ways of thinking to emerge, we must be willing to confront, and then let go of, the mental models that no longer serve us. For some of us, this may be a traditional approach to classroom management, a particular style of interpersonal communication, or a tendency to define the origin of problems as ‘out there’ instead of ‘in here.’”
Sam Chaltain, author, American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community



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