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Virginia Journal of Education


Speaking of Education


“It’s not bad teaching that got things to the current state of affairs. It’s pure, raw poverty. We don’t teach in failing schools. We teach in failing communities. It’s called the ZIP Code Quandary. If the kids live in a wealthy ZIP code, they have high scores; if they live in a ZIP code that’s entombed in poverty, guess how they do?”
Paul Karrer, a fifth grade teacher in California

“Cyber-bullying poses a gigantic risk for our children. It affords one person the ability to assume the identities of 10, 15, 20 people who can send messages and spread rumors about the targeted victim.”
Hill M. Walker, co-director, Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior at the University of Oregon

“I believe that the prevailing public perception is that arts education is only for young people who want to be artists—Glee wannabes. If we applied this mindset to science, we would teach science only to students who aspired to be chemists, biologists or astronomers.”
Bruce D. Taylor, director of education, Washington National Opera

"There is a lot of talk these days about the need to boost college and career-readiness. But the truth -- and I include myself here -- is that most of the current debate is about college-readiness. Too often, career-readiness is an afterthought.”
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

"We must remember how children learn rather than how we teach. Through movement, through emotions, through activities, through projects, all the basics fit in and they're learning without realizing they're learning. Learning's not painful, learning should be joyful."
Albert Cullum, a teacher featured in the 2004 PBS documentary “A Touch of Greatness”

"An architect friend of mine frequently complains that he has just two kinds of clients: those with taste but no money, and those with money but no taste. His complaint has a rough parallel in education reform. Those who really understand education have no power to change it, and those with the power to change it don't really understand it.”
Marion Brady, author, What’s Worth Learning?

“Engagement isn't a focus on entertainment; it's about brain activity. Is each student's brain fully engaged?”
Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Dept. of Education

“We talk about improving the education of our students and catching up with the rest of the world in math and science yet we allow school funding to be chopped as if it was an optional state-run babysitting program.”
From an editorial in the Staunton News Leader

"State assessments have become so "high-stakes" that classroom instruction is geared toward passing them. In this respect, state assessments have become the finish line. The student's ability to apply high-rigor knowledge in a relevant, real-world setting needs to be the true finish line."
Bill Daggett, CEO, International Center for Leadership in Education

 

 


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