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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education


“You wanted to pass on a better world to the next generation, and you wanted that world of opportunities to be part of every child’s life. And when you go to work each day, that’s what you’re doing – making a difference for children. So while you’re working to improve our education system, it’s never been more important to stick to your principles of fighting for our kids, demanding the resources you need, and getting the respect you deserve.”
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington), a former preschool teacher who was named NEA’s 2013 Friend of Education, speaking at the Washington Education Association’s convention

“We’ve become so far removed from the kids with legislation, policies, data, grades, improvement plans, assessments, professional development, evaluations and accountability that we have little time to really care about the kids…What it’s really about is student support, community and caring.”
Carol Lach, veteran teacher in three states and former employee of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

“My wife is a prosecutor and she tells me that she almost never has to prosecute someone with a high school diploma. I know if we can get our children reading by third grade, if we can get pre-K programs going, then we can build fewer prisons.”
State Senator Donald McEachin

“Until we learn that kids blossom at different rates and develop a system that does not punish them into oblivion if they aren’t the same at the same moment in time, we will always fail.”
Cap Lee, a retired teacher and principal in North Carolina

“Parent engagement is the most neglected school reform strategy, yet it’s the one that makes the most sense.”
Anne Foster, executive director, Parents for Public Schools

“When you Google ‘hero,’ there should be a picture of a principal, a school lunch worker, a custodian, a reading specialist, a teacher or a bus monitor. Real heroes don’t wear capes. They work in America’s schools.”
Nelba Marquez-Greene, a therapist and parent who lost a daughter in the Sandy Hook school shooting

“Example isn’t another way to teach. It is the only way to teach.”
Albert Einstein


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