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Speaking of Education

“Education is life, not a preparation for life."
John Dewey

“Games are very effective as a way of teaching you how to solve a problem. It’s a habit of mind that games are good at communicating, rather than simply relaying information.”
Henry Jenkins, co-director, Comparative Media Studies Program, MIT

“For most Americans, the term ‘geography’ evokes images of memorizing state capitals, coloring and labeling maps, and other exercises in trivia. But modern geography is very different…it is about planning, problem-solving and decision-making in a complex world.”
Daniel C. Edelson, vice president, National Geographic Society

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.”
Mark Twain

“Technology is not a panacea in education, because of the skills that are being lost. Studies show that reading develops imagination, induction, reflection and critical thinking, as well as vocabulary. Reading for pleasure is the key to developing these skills.”
Patricia Greenfield, director, Children’s Digital Media Center

"In the 20th century, it was all about memorizing content, but today it's not just about that. It's about being able to integrate other skills like critical thinking, communication and technology skills."
Ken Kay, president, Partnership for 21st Century Skills

"It's just not possible for the average kid who comes to this country in seventh or eighth grade, or even third grade, without a word of English and parents with little formal education, to match the achievement levels of kids whose mom has a Ph.D. in English from Stanford and can afford to stay home and spend time supplementing the education of her kids."
Kevin Skelly, superintendent, Palo Alto (CA) schools

“If you aren’t handling it immediately, it’s important to revisit [bullying incidents] later with the bystanders, so they know you take it very seriously.”
Beth Reis, co-chair, Safe Schools Coalition

“One challenge of teaching to the standards has to do with the volume of content represented. Every teacher can relate to the reality that there is simply too much content and not enough time to teach it all.”
Jay McTighe, education consultant and author

“Growing investments in incarceration are increasingly replacing needed funding for education and other social services that would underwrite productive lives for those now tossed away.”
Linda Darling-Hammond, professor, Stanford University


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