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Virginia Journal of Education

“Many people don’t know our students or the creative work we do in our classrooms. . .We do the work from which all of society benefits.”
2011 National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer of Maryland

“One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.”
Poet Hart Crane

“Media literacy is not just important, it’s absolutely critical. It’s going to make the difference between whether kids are a tool of the mass media or whether the mass media is a tool for kids to use.”
Linda Ellerbee, broadcast journalist

“Teachers are not the problem. Teachers are the solution. But teachers must have the tools, knowledge and resources they need to convey these ‘truths we hold self-evident’ to the students they serve, who in turn serve our collective future.”
Actor Richard Dreyfus

“I see how everything rides on these scores–teachers’ salaries, their jobs, whether the school remains open–it all falls on the shoulders of that one child taking that one test on that one day.”
Rita Solnet, president, Parents Across America

“If we really believed that accountability works, wouldn't we have accountability for all public servants? Why do we not require our legislators to make "Adequate Yearly Progress"? We have the data from their congressional districts, do we not? There is crime data, health care data, poverty figures, and drug use statistics for every state and federal legislative district. Why, exactly, do we not establish annual targets for our legislators to meet?”
John Kuhn, superintendent, Perrin-Whitt (TX) School District

“To take a child's mind and nurture it, develop it and strengthen it, all the while fighting the impact of the worst problems that society can create, that is a gift and a talent. And too often, it's an underappreciated gift and an underappreciated talent.”
Kentucky Governor Steve Bashear, who was named 2011’s America’s Greatest Education Governor by the NEA

“You don't go into education unless you believe in the possibility of making things better. It’s just part of your DNA, part of your makeup.”
Vice President Joe Biden

“We should not be speaking ‘to,’ but ‘with.’ That is second nature to any good teacher.”
Author Noam Chomsky



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