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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education

“With character-related fires blazing all around us, Americans need to recognize that we should be emphasizing good character in our young just as emphatically as we have been focusing on higher math and science test scores.”
Sanford N. McDonnell, chairman emeritus, McDonnell Douglas Corp.

“Opportunities for discovering and exploring exist in every discipline. Teachers must have the time—and the support from their superiors—to create them, to think of instruction in this new frame of mind.”
David Polochanin, a Connecticut English teacher

“Test scores alone should not define school effectiveness. New and broader accountability systems are needed to promote more effective school programs.”
from a recently-released statement by the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education Task Force

“The relative lack of interest in science and technology-oriented fields is alarming. We need to do more to make science and technology more attractive to today’s youth.”
Merton Flemings, director, Lemelson-MIT program

“Today’s students are the most racially tolerant generation our nation has ever seen. According to recent studies, they are more likely to have friends or date across racial and ethnic lines than earlier generations. They believe racism is wrong.”
Jennifer Holladay, senior advisor, Southern Poverty Law Center

“If cheating is viewed as a tool to get ahead, then we should expect students to develop cheating skills to be successful. Today, a culture of cheating exists because enough students engage in cheating and, with an increase in its social acceptance, issues of right or wrong are mute—hence moral illiteracy.”
Michael H. Romanowski, professor, Qatar University

“The worst thing in the world is when you take an attitude that says, ‘Hey, you’re a sixth-grader now, grow up.’ That is so frustrating and you don’t do anything good.”
Al Summers, who taught middle school for nearly 30 years and is now director of conferences with the National Middle School Association

“Knowing when to stand, shake someone’s hand and thank them for bringing the issue to your attention is as important as solving the issue itself.”
Michael Elmore, a Kentucky high school principal, on parent-teacher conferences

"In real life, we don't spend several hours at a time listening to authorities who know more than we do and who tell us exactly what to do and how to do it. We need to be able to ask questions of a person we're learning from.”
Sylvia Chard, co-author, Engaging Children’s Minds: The Project Approach

“It’s very much a teacher-led kind of movement in that teachers are looking for ways to engage their children, and they’re finding some of that in comic books. For kids who may be struggling and for kids who may be new to the English language, that visual sequence is a very powerful tool.”
Michael Bitz, founder, Comic Book Project



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