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Education

LHS, OHS earn A rankings

Whether they attend high school in Lafayette County or the city of Oxford, the students can’t lose — both schools received an A grade this year from the new ranking system released today by the Mississippi Department of Education. (September 14, 2012, Page 1A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Mary Laura Bragg writes about a recent column on education in Florida, offering corrections to what she says are inaccuracies. (September 12, 2012, Page 4)

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      Having fun in a ‘Quest’ for knowledge

      Good things come in small packages. And sometimes they’re just as good years later. So writes News Editor Jonathan Scott as he tells about the first set of Brain Quest cars his son received nearly 20 years ago. (August 30, 2012, Page 4)

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        Getting close to not-so-favorite things

        Editor Don Whitten admits it – he’s not a big fan of most of our bugs and worms and such. However, in the interest of education, he writes, he’s helping with a school project that involves two well-known varieties – silkworms and pray mantises. (August 27, 2012, Page 4A)

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          Would student surveys really be that helpful?

          Editor Don Whitten, after reading that it’s been suggested that student surveys might be helpful in teacher evaluations, pondered how he and his friends would have answered questions about their teachers when they were growing up. (August 23, 2012, Page 4)

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            Meeting challenges in South Africa

            Ole Miss journalism school dean Will Norton Jr. writes a guest column telling of the visit he and three Ole Miss students made to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, for a journalism class at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, pointing out the challenges many students there are facing and how the country is responding to the challenges it faces. (August 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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              Take a look before following Bush’s ideas

              Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush recently urged Mississippi to follow the lead of his state in making changes in the education of children. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg, who lived in Florida for many years before moving to Oxford, cautions that we should all take a closer look at what was done and what happened in Florida before we commit wholesale to Bush’s recommendations. (August 16, 2012, Page 4A)

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                Gaming devices, other tech give rise to millennial maturity

                Youngsters have embraced the technology available these days, beginning with their earliest video-oriented games. Now, local columnist Deidra Jackson wonders, should there be a concern of this generation disengaging from society as most of us know it? (August 16, 2012, Page 4A)

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                  Letters question group’s efficiency

                  It’s one thing to get a letter asking to be part of something you’ve had an ongoing or past relationship with. It’s quite another, local columnist T.J. Ray writes, to be approached by someone you barely know, and it makes you wonder about that group’s efficiency in recruiting members, raising funds, et cetera. (August 3, 2012, Page 4A)

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                    Put Me In, Coach

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls his days playing high school football and the lessons he learned about life during those days. (July 17, 2012, Page 4)

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