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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education


“They will not stop me…I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is an education. And I am afraid of no one…One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
Malala Yousufzai, Pakistani teenager, education advocate and survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the second time in honor of her work and courage in support of education rights for girls and young women

“For educators to be effective at bullying prevention, they must shift their attention from only disciplining students who bully to empowering students who could be in a position to stop it.”
Jim Dillon, director, Center for Leadership and Bullying Prevention

“Preventing failure is no more helpful than teaching that failure is the end of the process. The prudent lesson is that there is a natural cycle of walking, falling down and getting back up to walk again. This is how we develop adults that are not afraid of failure, but learn from failure.”
Paul Cancellieri, an NBCT and manager of the Data Literacy Program at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching

“Now — thanks to the Internet, mobile phones, social media and so on — students have the same access to information that teachers do. That means that a teacher’s job isn’t to transmit the information, but to equip students with ways to analyze the information, make sense of the information, evaluate the information.”
Dan Pink, author, Drive

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”
Carl Rogers, American psychologist

“Our schools are being destroyed by politics, profit, greed and lies. Instead of evidence-based practices, money has become the engine of education policy, and our schools are being hijacked by politicians, non-educators and for-profit operators.”
U.S. civil rights icon James Meredith, 80, the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi

“Children need free play so they can make choices and learn responsibility for those choices.”
Myae Han, president, Association for the Study of Play


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