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Speaking of Education

“The true importance in teaching is not necessarily in our subject matter. It’s in the connections we make with young people. We know value lies in all the little acts of love—whether it’s the first or only smile that an adult will give that child that day; the fact that your classroom is a safe harbor for a kid that needs refuge at lunchtime; the high-five for a job well done.”
2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki, a middle school English teacher in California

“Evaluating teachers through multiple-choice tests of student learning is like using the rules of Go Fish to assess poker skill. Instead of learning how to evaluate complex hands like flushes or straights, we’re asking teachers if they have any sevens.”
Jack Schneider, author, Excellence for All

“When you first ask students to take charge of their own learning, some will be skeptical. They know it’s easier to listen, memorize a few things, and forget them after the exam.”
Leslie Richardson, director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

“In my eyes, the agenda we have today has not been set by those who know education best. This is an agenda that has been imposed on education from the outside.”
Jack Jennings, founder, Center on Education Policy

“Here is a news flash: The best teachers in this country are not in our research universities, nor is that where the greatest minds are when it comes to teaching adolescents. Those teachers and minds are in the vast majority of our elementary and secondary schools, where highly-skilled teachers engage, motivate and teach all who enter their doors.”
George Wood, executive director, Forum for Education and Democracy

“The future of the nation is on the shoulders of teachers and how they teach kids; the future of the world is in the classroom where the teachers are.”
Richard R. Green, first black chancellor of New York City Public Schools

“We desperately need nurses, psychologists and social workers in our elementary schools.”
Paul Karrer, a California teacher who taught Aurora, Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes in fifth grade


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