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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education

"Defining teacher quality--and determining pay--on the basis of students' standardized test performance creates perverse incentives for teaching to tests."
Robert C. Pianta, director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, University of Virginia

"We will only attain freedom if we learn to appreciate what is different and muster the courage to discover what is fundamentally the same."
Former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

"It's tough for kids to learn about biology if they've never touched a frog."
Richard Louv, author, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

"With increasing frequency, I am fielding calls from prospective students who basically say, 'I'm fed up with my job and I want to do something here. I can work in my community and make a difference.'"
Suzanne Faubl, director of graduate admissions, Roger Williams University, on the growing number of career-changers looking at getting into teaching

"Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing."
Albert Einstein

"Though there is virtually no evidence that high-stakes tests increase student achievement, educational leaders continue to insist that high-stakes tests increase student achievement."
Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, assistant professor, College of Teacher Education and Leadership, Arizona State University

"In arts, kids learn there's not just one right answer. They learn that judgment counts. They learn to connect."
Linda Nathan, Boston Arts Academy

"Our parents are not just aides in the back of the classroom. We recognize that parents are a child's first teacher and extend this notion into the classroom. Parents lead lessons based on their own personal expertise or interests."
Elementary school principal Michael Kalb, on parent involvement

"A Utah boy was suspended for giving his cousin a cold pill prescribed to both students. In Rhode Island, a kindergartner was suspended for bringing a plastic knife to school so he could cut cookies."
From an article in The Chicago Tribune on how some schools are rethinking zero tolerance policies


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