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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education


“The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need. The best antidote to the overuse of technology is to spend time in nature.”
Environmental author and journalist Richard Louv


“It’s time to come to our senses and place education back into the hands of the only people who actually know how students learn: teachers. They have their ears to the educational ground and know the students.”
Peter W. Cookson Jr., researcher, American Institutes for Research


“We need to be spending more on the next generation. I am not the future. My 12-year-old son is. But if you look at the spending, you’d think I am.”
Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey


“Texas, one of the first states to go running into the high-stakes-testing frenzy, is now one of the first to back away from it by passing legislation to reduce the number of required tests between the 9th and 12th grades from 15 to 5.”
Brandon H. Busteed, executive director, Gallup Education


“When educators determine that a standardized test serves no legitimate educational purpose, and stand in solidarity with their local and state Association to call for an end to the administration of that test in their schools, the National Education Association will support them.”
Alice O’Brien, head of the NEA Office of the General Counsel


“I want to show people my age that they can get involved and make a difference. We can lead the way for change.”
Maryland teacher Jessica Fitzwater, 30, a candidate for city council in her hometown and NEA’s 2014 Political Activist of the Year


"Librarians save lives by handing the right book at the right time to a kid in need."
Author Judy Blume


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