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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education


“The American child has changed, and not necessarily for the better. Many shrill voices argue that teachers must change, too, by simply working harder. The favored lever for achieving this prescribed augmentation of the American schoolteacher’s work ethic is fear, driven by a progressively more precarious employment situation.”
John Kuhn, superintendent of the Perrin-Whitt (TX) school district and an outspoken public education advocate

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
Anthropologist Margaret Mead

"It's like a human being. If you don't eat for a long time you get weak. And if your country doesn't nourish itself by educating its citizens in how the government works and if they are no longer part of it, you just dissolve, and we can't have that happen."
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, calling for more civics education

 “There are sharks in the water, and the great white is inadequate funding. Virginia ranks 38th in the nation for K-12 spending and 31st for average teacher salaries. If things don't change, the education profession will suffer irreparable damage. Does anyone really believe that we are going to be able to recruit and retain quality educators if the expectations keep rising while their pay keeps dropping?”
James Merrill, superintendent, Virginia Beach Public Schools

“A test score is like taking your temperature. ..If you start making decisions about your health based on only your temperature, if we decide to operate or remove a limb or open up your chest cavity just because you have a fever, that is so damaging to you. We'd probably lose you.”
2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki

“How long can a teacher continue to connect with each and every student to build a relationship of care and concern when the teacher has 159 students and 159 essays to grade? We need to diminish the teacher student-ratio to allow teachers to do their jobs.”
Phyllis Gimbel, associate professor, Bridgewater (MA) State University



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