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Virginia Journal of Education


“The contract that exists between the American public and America’s public schools has changed…It no longer reads ‘Teach our kids.’ It now reads, ‘Raise our kids.’”
Jamie Vollmer, author, Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools


“There exists now, in this country, unrealized intellectual capacity with the potential to guarantee American economic security for the next century, if only we dedicate ourselves to excellent and equitable educational opportunity for all students.”
Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah


“I teach because, for me, it's the most effective and most enjoyable way to change the world. That's the bottom line: We need to change this world, and this is the way I'm choosing to do it.”
Elena Aguilar, a California educator


“Kids aren’t just short adults…How we educate them should follow from what defines them as kids.”
Alfie Kohn, author, Feel-Bad Education…And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling


“The strike garnered national attention as a rare line-in-the-sand moment for teachers during a time of education reforms and massive state budget cuts that have left many teachers and their unions feeling unfairly targeted.”
From a story in The Christian Science Monitor about the 10-day teacher strike in Tacoma, Washington earlier this school year


"Books may well be the only true magic."
Alice Hoffman, novelist and young adult writer


“When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships."
Andy Warhol


“The first step is to stop underestimating the size of the [bullying] problem. It’s happening in schools and on school buses every day. Adults have to be alert and intervene appropriately.”
Dana Smith, a New York school board member


“Writing may not receive as much attention as reading and arithmetic, but it is no less important to a student’s future success.”
Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education


“There are a growing number of teachers willing to do what it takes to protect our schools, our students and our profession from the terrible policies and outright attacks we have experienced recently.”
Anthony Cody, teacher and one of the organizers of the “Save Our Schools” march held in Washington last summer

 


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