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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education


“What keeps outstanding teachers going and doing a good job? It's the same thing that got them into the profession in the first place…the students. Although many organizations or politicians claim to ‘put the kids first,’ in reality teachers are the ones who do this. They are the ones who stand up every day in front of young people, trying to inspire them and open doors that were previously closed.”
Rafe Esquith, an award-winning elementary school teacher and author of Real Talk for Real Teachers

“You cannot write for children. They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them."
Maurice Sendak, famed writer and illustrator

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“When students make errors, when they struggle, we have a great opportunity to spark deep learning, but only if we respond to students’ mistakes effectively and help them analyze errors…Error primes the mind for insight, and analyzing the error invites it.”
Kevin Washburn, author and executive director of Clerestory Learning

“It's high time pundits, philanthropists, and policymakers moved beyond the blame game and…consider the possibility that adopting policies and rhetoric that threaten to drive some of the best and the brightest out of K–12 education is a prescription for education disaster.”
James Harvey, executive director, National Superintendents Roundtable

“I am tired beyond description, but I am smiling. I know beyond doubt I am making a difference in the lives of children. Teaching is an all-consuming job—every day I have to figure out what I need to do to make sure everyone succeeds and makes progress. But I feel blessed to do it...and 90 percent of the job isn't academic, it's making children feel like they belong and are loved. I love children for a living—feeling blessed!”
Pulaski County Education Association member Angie Vaughan Clevinger, in a recent Facebook post

“A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.”
Paul Ostergard, vice president, Citicorp



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