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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education

"Music is an amazing tool to unlock students' potential. The most visible benefit from their success in music is their increased confidence and self-esteem. However, I don't believe it is the only benefit, nor the most powerful. It is truly exciting to see how my music teaching can transfer back to other classrooms."
Andrea Peterson, 2007 National Teacher of the Year

"There must be far less telling on the part of the teacher and far more doing on the part of the student. Teaching means creating situations where structures can be discovered; it does not mean transmitting structures."
Developmental psychologist Jean Piaget

"Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity. Whether through democracy, strong public education, quality health care or broad economic opportunity, reducing inequity is the highest human achievement."
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates

"In the next decade, our nation is likely to pay less and less attention to education. Baby boomers, who constitute more than half of the electorate, single-handedly made education a priority because they wanted good schools for their children. Today most of their kids have graduated or are mostly through school. The boomers are now focused on their parents, who are growing older and more frail."
Arthur Levine, president emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University

"Kindergarten has become the new first grade. We're so afraid that if we don't shove facts in, the children will fall forever behind. Schools have whipped themselves into an academic frenzy to push students to learn faster and earlier."
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, psychology professor, Temple University

"The problem is not mainly with retirement. Our teacher preparation system can accommodate the retirement rate. The problem is that our schools are like a bucket with holes in the bottom, and we keep pouring in teachers."
Thomas G. Carroll, president, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future

"I've always wanted to teach. This is an opportunity to give back. The experiences you have are worthless unless you get to share them with someone else."
Bill Memmoli, a 61-year-old rookie teacher and former businessman

"We were enforcing a well-intentioned policy that was out of step with modern realities."
Joseph Sacco, a Maryland middle school principal, on new rules that allow students to carry cell phones in school

"Theoretically, it can be taught in an appropriate manner, but it takes the wisdom of Solomon to do it."
Mark Chancey, professor of religious studies, Southern Methodist University, on teaching the Bible in public schools


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