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Virginia Journal of Education

Speaking of Education


“Education has to be recognized as a human business. It’s a personal process. We’re dealing with living human beings in the middle of all this. They’re not statistics or data points. They’re not data sets from a test schedule. As soon as you recognize that education is not a processing plant, it’s about people, then the whole equation begins to shift around.”
Sir Ken Robinson, author, Creative Schools


“We know that there is more to life than the core subjects of math, science, English language arts, and social studies. Personal and interpersonal skills—such as responsibility, self-management, integrity, honesty, collaboration, and leadership—are critical for success in college, career, and life.”
Bill Daggett, chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education


“People tend to be on their best behavior when they know they’re being recorded.”
Bill Vaughn, police chief in Johnston, Iowa, where school resource officers are now wearing body cameras


“It is an honor to hold hands with every teacher before and after me, joined by our exact same overall objectives, unchanged over time…while the act of teaching can and must change, the point of teaching is still in service to others. You must love students and you must love helping them grow.”
Robert Ahdoot, a high school math teacher and blogger


“Bullying and harassment of LGBT students - as well as students perceived to be LGBT - is heartbreakingly widespread and leads to dangerous situations that no young person should have to face.”
David Stacy, government affairs director, Human Rights Campaign


“You don’t have to be Mother Teresa to help a kid.”
John Gomperts, president, America’s Promise Alliance, on studies that show declining dropout rates for students who just get some form of practical or emotional support from an adult at school



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