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Virginia Journal of Education

“Isn’t it commonsensical that children who don’t know where their next meal is coming from or where they’ll be sleeping tonight will have a hard time focusing on schoolwork? Without a doubt, narrowing the poverty gap would narrow the achievement gap as well.”
David L. Kirp, author, Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives and America’s Future

“We need the right mix of assessments that tell us how each individual child is performing, as well as how the school is doing. And rather than instruments for punitive action, these assessments must be used for diagnostic purposes.”
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley

“Multiple-choice exams do not equip kids for either the information avalanche or the fine print that they encounter online every day. In a decade of researching digital education, I have never heard an educator, parent or student say that the tests work well as teaching tools.”
Cathy N. Davidson, author, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn

“Our schools did not make children obese, underprivileged, disrespectful or bullies. I work with the hand that I am dealt and try to make it better.”
Danielle Kovach, New Jersey’s current Teacher of the Year

“Funding projects to improve teacher training, development and retention is less sexy than cutting the ribbon on a lab full of lightning-fast computers. But it’s also more likely to help kids learn.”
Jack Schneider, author, Excellence for All: How a New Breed of Reformers is Transforming America’s Public Schools

“If you think of it, the whole system of public education around the world is a protracted process of university entrance. The consequence is that many highly talented, creative people think they're not, because the thing they were good at was not valued in school, or was actually stigmatized.”
Ken Robinson, author, Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative

“This is what I want every child to understand: Your life matters. You can't live through a day without making an impact on the world. And what's most important is to think about the impact of your actions on the world around you.”
Anthropologist Jane Goodall



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