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Keys to education — discipline, standards

There has been a lot of talk recently about the pros and cons of charter schools versus the traditional school setting and their place in the education system. Columnist T.J. Ray feels there are two keys missing to education though — discipline and standards. (May 25, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Marie Barnard writes in to express her views on the sex-related education curriculum to be taught next year at Oxford School District and urges the OSD school board to choose the abstinence-plus policy.

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      Sending a child off to the Big Apple no easy task

      New York – the Big Apple – was a familiar place for staff writer Alyssa Schnugg growing up. Still, Schnugg writes, there are hesitations and concerns as her daughter gets set to leave for a summer internship in the city that never sleeps. (May 24, 2012, Page 4)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Lafayette High School Student Council President Zach Cain and Student Council Advisor Gail Caldwell write to thank all of those who helped make Teacher Appreciation Day at the school a big success. (May 24, 2012, Page 4)

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          Information thieves present new problem

          Most of us have heard about phishing – using email messages to “fish” for personal information that could lead to identity theft. What about “smishing,” the newest electronic slight of hand? Editor Don Whitten warns readers about getting smished through text messages. (May 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Mari Boutin writes to suggest that the Oxford Park Commission start using a schedule of use and refundable deposit system for private use of the city’s recreational facilities. (May 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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              Mr. King – his impact will never be forgotten

              Former Oxford High student Jake McGraw, now pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Oxford, writes a guest column about one of the inspirations in his life – the teaching of the late John Morgan King in an eighth-grade social studies class. (May 22, 2012, Page 4)

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                School’s out for summer – what’s next?

                The morning and afternoon traffic lines at the schools are disappearing and a car stereo or two was heard blaring Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” Editor Don Whitten writes that means it’s time to start making summer vacation plans. What are you thinking about? (May 21, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Youth leagues can teach more than the youth

                  A recent trip to watch some summer league baseball in Water Valley brought on some exciting action, but also a disturbing exchange involving a fan, a player and an umpire. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks looks at the situation and what it should teach adults as well as kids. (May 18, 2012, Page 4A)

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                    Rosa Parks, Thoreau and civil disobedience

                    As random thoughts led to other random thoughts, local columnist T.J. Ray recalled one of his attempts at teaching Henry David Thoreau and civil disobedience to college students years ago. Ray writes about the lesson and how it relates to today. (May 18, 2012, Page 4A)

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