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Don Whitten

The main goal should be helping kids learn

We’ve heard for years that we shouldn’t label people and things and now the accountability reports for state schools are out and schools are being – you guess it – labeled Star or High Performing or whatever all the way down to failing. Editor Don Whitten wonders if so much emphasis has been put on reaching certain levels and rankings that we’re spending more time “teaching to the test” than teaching our youngsters the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. (September 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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    Social networking can get you in trouble

    A Macomb, Mich., judge recently removed a juror, required her to write an essay and fined her $250 for commenting about an ongoing trial on Facebook. The judge sent a definite message, but there’s also another one there – people should be aware of the problems they can get into by posting photos and texts on social network sites. Editor Don Whitten writes about how searches of those sites can affect potential employees or those seeking advancement. (September 9, 2010, Page 4)

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      Checkout guys, gals sure know their veggies, fruits

      Gone, for the most part, are the days when every item in a grocery store had a sticky little price tag for the checker to read. But now, with bar codes and such, there’s still a need to “know” all of the different vegetables and fruits. Editor Don Whitten expresses amazement at the knowledge of all of the produce that grocery store checkers have these days. (September 8, 2010, Page 4)

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        Parallel parking becoming a lost art?

        Very few Drivers’ Ed instructors teach parallel parking outside the classroom and inside the car any more and it’s long been dropped as the traditional ending to a driver’s road test. That’s obvious, Editor Don Whitten writes, when you watch drivers try to get in and out of parallel parking spots in and around Oxford. (September 3, 2010, Page 4A)

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          What’s going on with Masoli, UM and the NCAA?

          The breaking news that the NCAA had denied a waiver request that would have allowed transfer quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to play for Ole Miss this fall was so hot that it ended up locking up The Oxford EAGLE web site for a time because of all the hits. More questions and comments have followed since Tuesday’s new, and Editor Don Whitten gives some answers and comments of his own about the situation. (September 1, 2010, Page 4)

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            Commodores score early, often in Friday rout

            The Lafayette Commodores scored early, often and in a variety of ways Friday night as they posted a 35-16 victory over Memphis Trezevant in their 2010 home opener at William L. Buford Stadium.

            Lafayette, now 2-0 heading into its annual Crosstown Classic showdown with Oxford, scored on its second play from scrimmage and on its last play of the first half (that capped an 11-play, 91-yard drive) in building a 35-0 lead that allowed coach Anthony Hart to sit many of his starters in the second half and work on building depth. (August 30, 2010, Page 1B)

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              Let’s remember all affected by Katrina

              Hurricane Katrina hit land – on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi – five years ago Sunday. Editor Don Whitten mentions all of the programs and specials marking the fifth anniversary of the deadly and destructive hurricane, but wonders why it seems like there is usually more mention of New Orleans than of the effect on Mississippi. (August 30, 2010, Page 4A)

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                LHS cruises past Memphis-Trezevant

                Jeremy Liggins threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to help Lafayette
                build a comfortable 35-0 halftime lead before watching the rest of the game as
                the Commodores knocked off Memphis Trezevant in their home opener at William L.
                Buford Stadium. (more…) (August 28, 2010)

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                  Football a hot topic of conversation these days

                  The pros are playing exhibition games, the local high schools have all posted an official victory and the Ole Miss Rebels play in just a week. With all kinds of football going on, Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the talk he’s heard about the 2010 season. (August 27, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    ‘Experience’ degrees just another scam

                    A master’s or PhD in just a few weeks? Based on “life experiences.” That’s what Editor Don Whitten was offered a chance at in a recent e-mail message. He looked into degrees by mail and found that it’s a very lucrative business that’s worth little or nothing more than to make the purchaser feel good. (August 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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