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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education

“Nothing annoys me more than to hear some person say that reading can take you to far-off places and it's a good leisure-time activity, when I really feel that reading is something that is like air. You read or you suffer.”
Walter Dean Myers, award-winning young adult author

“I think that so much of student achievement comes back to whether young people feel like we care about them, that we value them, that we notice them. We know that when young people are in schools where they have that sense of belonging, they come to school, they do better in school, they graduate from school.”
Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

“It undermines teamwork. Teachers who are rewarded for their own students’ test-score gains are less likely to share ideas with their colleagues.”
Kim Marshall, author, Rethinking Teacher Supervision, on individual merit pay

“Carrots and sticks are so last century. . . for 21st-century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery and purpose.”
Dan Pink, author, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

“Today I have listened to people who are not teachers, have never worked in a classroom, and have never taught a single student tell me how to teach.”
2009 National Teacher of the Year Anthony Mullen, on being part of a roundtable discussion with politicians and college professors at a conference

“While schools are trying to dish out more nutritious meals, they're diluting their efforts by allowing banks of vending machines to compete for kids' lunch money.”
From an editorial in the Roanoke Times

“And so the choice we are facing is clear: Do we protect tax breaks for dead millionaires and giant corporations in this state, or do we protect education for living schoolchildren?”
Michael Cassidy, executive director, Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis



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