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Education

Culture shock

Local columnist T.J. Ray wonders about the world we’re living in today — is there too much superficiality, too little reality — and what it will mean for future generations. (March 27, 2014, Page 4)

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    Learning from first class of charter schools

    Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board chairman Tommy Cardin released last week a list of 12 potential charter school programs that could be approved for the state under a law passed last year. Editor Don Whitten looks at the list and wonders how much all educators in the state will learn from the charter schools that gain approval and open in the next year or two. (March 19, 2014, Page 4)

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      When is graphic too graphic for youngsters?

      Staff writer Jerra Scott’s trip to a local school to write a story about the UNITE Arrive Alive Tour stop there turned out to be much more graphic and emotional than expected. Scott takes a look at the program intended to cut back on texting while driving and drunken driving, and wonders if it might be too graphic for some. (March 6, 2014, Page 4)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Members of the Oxford School Board write give their impressions of impending bills in the state Legislature and to urge citizens to contact their legislators to vote No on HB 765 and SB2325 and to amend HB 1476. (March 3, 2014, Page 4)

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          Learning, teaching and the grades we get, give

          Longtime professor and current local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at grades, their importance, what they signify and how they are often determined. (February 27, 2014, Page 4)

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            Basketball promotion caught in fine print

            A West Chester (Pa.) University freshman hit a layup, free throw, 3-point shot and half-court shot, but didn’t win the $10,000 prize in a halftime promotion. Why? The fine print. Editor Don Whitten wonders what lessons were learned in the incident. (February 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Johnny W. Lott writes to stress the importance of education and to urge state lawmakers to use rainy day funds to deal with the underfunding issue in Mississippi. (February 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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                Who should decide about consolidation?

                There’s a “dirty” word going around the state when it comes to education issues – “consolidation.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how the state Legislature is dealing with consolidation as well as different considerations for different school districts. (February 19, 2014, Page 4)

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                  UM program aims to enrich daily life

                  The Psychological Services Center at Ole Miss invites members of the community to participate in an eight-week program that focuses on mindfulness and strengths. (February 14, 2014, Page 3A)

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                    More school days or a different calendar?

                    The Center for America Progress is recommending that more time is added to the school year to help students and teachers deal with Common Core Standards, and Editor Don Whitten takes a look at options that involve adding more days to the school year or adjusting the school calendar a bit. (February 14, 2014, Page 4A)

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