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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education

"I believe, given the fact that many issues will be debated, discussed, and fought over during the coming election cycle in a very partisan way, that we must find some way to work on behalf of public education in a genuinely bipartisan fashion."
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley

"If we truly want good schools and well-educated students, we won't get them by piling on more mandates and regulations. The recipe for good education involves a solid curriculum, effective instruction, adequate resources, willing students, and cultural support and encouragement for education."
Education historian Diane Ravitch

"All kids are gifted; some just open their packages earlier than others."
Author Michael Carr

"Public education is the institution that equips us with the knowledge and skill we need to cope with the complex issues that confront us as families, as neighbors, as a nation and as world citizens. Public education prepares future generations of leaders in all human endeavors and helps us to unlock the secrets of science and technology that explore new human and geographic frontiers. It shapes the art and literature that lifts our spirits."
Wendy D. Puriefoy, president, Public Education Network

"Education is irreversible. Once you've tasted the pleasure and hard work of learning, the joy of knowledge, you cannot thereafter imagine yourself without it. You're different."
Ray Bacchetti, Scholar-in-Residence, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

"The quality of education afforded to low-income kids is one of the biggest problems facing the country. It's our nation's greatest civil rights issue."
Amy Black, executive director, Teach for America-Metro D.C.

"They can make the school day 24 hours if they like, and nothing will substantially change. I taught elementary school for 30 years and noticed that as the school day progresses only one thing basically happens to kids: they get tired! If you really want to improve public education, rather than increasing the length of the school day, it would be better to decrease class size."
Kathleen Crisci, a retired New York teacher

"[Students] eat lunch, one or two snacks and sometimes even breakfast. What they are fed in school has a huge impact on their diets now and the attitudes about food over their lifetime."
Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, on junk food in schools

"Schools must provide quality teachers and mentors for our children, but parents must establish attitudes about school and the importance of achievement."
Mary Schultz, an Indiana parent of four



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