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Virginia Journal of Education


Speaking of Education


“We can invest early to close disparities and prevent achievement gaps, or we can pay to remediate disparities when they are harder and more expensive to close…Investing early helps us to shape the future; investing later chains us to fixing the missed opportunities of the past.”
James J. Heckman, Nobel Prize-winning economist at the University of Chicago

“Professional learning is important, not because teaching is of poor quality and must be ‘fixed,’ but because teaching is so hard that we can always improve it.”
Charlotte Danielson, author, Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching

Education is about the only thing lying around loose in the world, and it's about the only thing a fellow can have as much of as he's willing to haul away."
George Horace Lorimer, American journalist and author

“The most frequently mentioned attributes of great teachers, according to my students, are building relationships and caring.”
Phyllis Gimbel, associate professor, Bridgewater State (Mass.) University, who annually assigns her students a paper entitled, “Who Was Your Most Effective Teacher and Why?”

"There's a level of frustration. There are continual increases to the demands that we have to address. Our workload continues to increase - more paperwork, more things we have to meet."
Heather Foxwell, president, Chesapeake Education Association, on pay freezes there

“To teach in an inspiring way requires an acute awareness of the position of the learner, empathy for their fears of failure, and admiration of their courage in wrestling with the unknown.”
Lucia Volk, associate professor, San Francisco State University

“It would be difficult to find any U.S. private company that does not benefit every day from the investment of tax dollars in education.”
Bill Lyne, professor, Western Washington University



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