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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education


"I became a teacher because I had incredible teachers who were able to shine a light of hope and possibility into a dark time in my life. Teaching is my calling to do that for others, and an opportunity to spend my career living purposefully—helping children fulfill the promise of their lives."
Sean McComb, a high school English teacher in Maryland and the 2014-15 National Teacher of the Year


“Kids are built to move. Having more time for unstructured outdoor play is like handing them a reset button.”
Debbie Rhea, associate dean, Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas Christian University


“I strongly believe that literature helps all of us who are humane, moral and just be a hedge against inhumanity, immorality and injustice.”
Ken Perkins, Provost, Longwood University

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”
Journalist Frank Scully

“The brain has been hard-wired to seek creative or artistic endeavors forever. We don’t need it to survive, you wouldn’t think, and yet the brain wants it and seeks it.”
Dr. Charles Limb, associate professor, Johns Hopkins University

"We've done a disservice in this country by suggesting that there's only one path to success, which is to get a bachelor's degree. There are many good-paying jobs available today that, quite candidly, a four-year bachelor of arts degree does not prepare them for."
Mark Edwards, executive director, Opportunity Nation

 “If we say we’re serious about every student getting a quality education, then teachers must rank as among our highest-paid professions. If we want students to be college- or career-ready after 12 years, then we must equip them with the most modern and advanced learning environments possible. If politicians only toughen standards and brand more public schools as ‘failing’ or ‘accredited with warning,’ then they’re doing nothing more than setting up public education to fail.”
From an editorial in the (Lynchburg) News & Advance


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