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Virginia Journal of Education


Speaking of Education


“Rather than succumb to the notion that we are failing, we must celebrate the quality education that we are providing, while strengthening our resolve to further improve. Despite what we read in the paper, students and teachers across the nation are achieving in countless ways. It is time for us to recognize that public education is succeeding.”
Jeff Charbonneau of Washington state, the 2013-14 National Teacher of the Year

“What we need is a new way of thinking. We need to stop thinking that success for a child looks like a number on a standardized test.”
NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen

“Inherent in the role of teacher is a tremendous capacity to influence lives, to make a difference in the world through our interactions with people. When we take this role seriously, we bring pride to our field. This pride begets respect and reminds teachers, and society at large, that the work of education is important to all of us.”
Rebecca Fawns-Justeson, assistant professor, Cal State University-Chico

“How many successful businesses attract the best and brightest employees by offering stagnant salaries, reduced benefits, no job security and diminishing resources? I think we know the answer.”
Chesapeake Superintendent James Roberts

“Most people say that it’s the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”
Albert Einstein

“One of the best things we’ve got in Virginia is the community college system. We’ve said that the only way to be successful is to get a four-year degree. That’s not true. But it does mean that you probably need something that’s beyond high school, whether that’s a certification or an associate degree.”
Virginia U.S. Senator Mark Warner

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”
Cultural historian Jacques Barzun


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