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Friday, July 25, 2014

Education

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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    Who likes early-August school days?

    Did football move up the start of school? Or did school move up the start of football? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at early-August school days in Mississippi and lists some of the factors in the earlier start to classes these days in reaction to a move by a group called “Save Mississippi Summers” to have classes start later in August or even in September. (August 11, 2010, Page 4)

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      New principal begins first year of leadership at Oxford High

      Mike Martin might be in his first day of school as the new principal of Oxford High School, but he’s spent months preparing for this day. Martin talks about his main goals as the new head of the high school in the first of an occasional series of articles with articles during his first year in his new job.

       (August 6, 2010, Page 1A)

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        That time of the year

        Staff Writer Melanie Addington urges parents to get involved with their children’s education, and notes the excitement at her house as her son gets ready for his first day as a seventh-grader. (August 5, 2010, Page 4)

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          United Way steamlining focus

          Through research, a Transition Committee has been formed by the United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County that’s designed to coordinate a community agenda for change by focusing on three main areas — health, education and income. Over the next few weeks, The Oxford EAGLE will publish a series of articles that examine the United Way’s three focus areas and what plans are in place or being considered to improve the health, education and income of our area’s residents. (July 22, 2010, Page 1A)

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            Missing more days has more serious consequences

            School is serious business to the Oxford School Board. Beginning this year, the district is taking measures to ensure students and parents make attendance a priority. (July 13, 2010, Page 3B)

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              America’s Achilles Heel

              Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look back at his days in education, nothing differences and similarities with community college students through the years. One thing he’s noticed – most students are still intent on earning their grades and disproving the claim that education is America’s Achilleges’ heel. (May 18, 2010, Page 4)

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                So how well do you know your ‘times’ tables?

                Have they changed the way youngsters are taught math, particularly the multiplication tables? Editor Don Whitten did an unscientific survey/study to see how well people knew their “times” tables and wonders if calculators and other modern tools have lessened how much time is spent teaching youngsters to learn – or memorize – their multiplication tables. (May 10, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  First UM commencement didn’t have graduating class

                  Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield, in honor of this week’s graduation at the University of Mississippi, takes a look back at the school’s first commencement exercises in 1849, a commencement without any graduates from the new school. (May 7, 2010, Page 2B)

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                    Cheer squad OK’d for OMS

                    The Oxford School Board approved Tuesday a new Oxford Middle School cheerleader squad that will include tryouts, and cheer camp as well as training. (April 16, 2010, Page 6A)

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