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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education


“Our work matters. Our work changes lives. Our work is the foundation of our economy, our politics, our communities and our ability to live in a society that is just and wise.”
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia

“Think of what matters to your typical student; ask them—often—if you don’t know. You don’t need to be an expert in popular culture, but you need to know what matters to your students, what they want out of life, what they value.”
Jose Antonio Bowen, president, Goucher College

“Our role as teachers is not to provide answers. Our role is to give time and free rein to inherent curiosity and questions, and let our students exist in the heightened state of hungering for knowledge.”
Erik Shonstrom, former public school teacher and current college professor

“A good vocabulary is important. If I’d known the difference between the words ‘antidote’ and ‘anecdote,’ one of my good friends would still be living.”
Comedian John McDowell

“As parents, as teachers, as entire organizations, our instinct is toward greater control. We think control is going to make something better. But people have only two reactions to control: They comply, or they defy. We don't want defiant kids, but we also don't want compliant kids. We want kids who are engaged. If you truly want to engage kids, you have to pull back on control and create the conditions in which they can tap their own inner motivations.”
Daniel Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind


“We’re narrowing the curriculum and focusing too much on testing, which bothers me. You don’t find this among the countries that are moving forward.”
Mary Hatwood Futrell, former VEA and NEA president


“Music has its own vocabulary, syntax and structure…It is a unique way of knowing.”
Pam McDermott, assistant professor of music, Longwood University


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