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Virginia Journal of Education


Speaking of Education

 

“The things that really matter for life success don't all fit neatly into today's public school curriculum. But it's also critical for teachers and parents to see education as a matter of exposure to different opportunities so that students can find their own passion. Let’s at least create space for this kind of exploration and personal development in our schools.”
Virginia U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

 

“I have a newfound respect for teachers. It’s crazy. I don’t know how they do it.”
Houston parent Terrance Harris after spending a day in his son’s first grade classroom

 

“Without the human connection there is no purpose to any teaching, as the goal of the task is to grow other persons.”
Sally Kuhlenschmidt, professor of psychology, Western Kentucky University

 

“Education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments.”
Former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, in delivering the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision

 

“When a business gets raw material that is not good, it throws it out. Schools do not have that option, nor should they. Every child who comes to school is important.”
Roger Jones, education professor, Lynchburg College

 

“How can anyone believe that we stop benefiting from public schools the day our child moves his tassel from right to left? Good schools are the anchors of great communities. Graduates of your neighborhood schools open coffee shops and insurance offices, they fix your fuel pump and set your daughter’s cast at the ER. To say your taxes shouldn’t go to schools because you don’t use them is like saying that because your house never burned down, you shouldn’t support the fire department.”
Janet Giampietro, columnist, Richmond magazine


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