Author Archives: Thomas_Easterling

To Exempt, or Not to Exempt

Like lots of other schools, the school my kids attend offers exam exemptions for students who have an A average before the final, or who sell certain numbers of magazines, raffle tickets, etc.  At first glance, the academic strengths and … Continue reading

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The Toughest Compromise

After I complained to my fourth period class that they agree with each other too much, and that I find that stifling, they requested a chance to blog on something more controversial. “Like what?” I asked. “Abortion,” they said. I … Continue reading

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Endgame

This year’s seniors have no memory of life without America maintaining a military presence in Afghanistan. Results from last month’s elections in that country won’t be certified until December, but fears concerning fraud and coercion already threaten to bring escalating … Continue reading

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Another Admissions Wrinkle

Advocates for MSMS have long described it as the most diverse city block in Mississippi. However, a lawsuit against Harvard University, brought by a group called Students for Fair Admissions, challenges the assumption that diversity enriches an educational experience. The … Continue reading

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Ideals and alleles

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s often mocked claim that she is Native American re-entered the national news last week when she released DNA test results that showed she is about 1% Native American. She promptly called on Pres. Trump to fulfill a … Continue reading

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The Cheapest Renovation

One of these days, the legislature will see the wisdom of fully funding all of MSMS’ dreams. Until then, I suspect that the least expensive way to improve MSMS involves its mental landscapes–that is, changing its curriculum. Our school currently … Continue reading

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#Metoo meanderings

Last week’s Kavanaugh hearings ripped the band-aid off the sores of senatorial civility. Writers for the cold open for Saturday Night Live didn’t have to modify transcripts of the hearings much to get thirteen minutes of material. It was hard … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Economy

When John Bel Edwards became governor of Louisiana in 2015, the economy was so bad that he floated the idea of shutting down the football programs at public universities. That got people’s attention. As the result of eight years of … Continue reading

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Freedom From What?

As a recovering journalist, I’ve often embraced the notion that if you’re not pissing people off, you’re probably not doing your job. Newspapers and news networks must ferret out uncomfortable truths, present them objectively, and allow our democratic processes to … Continue reading

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The Longest Minute

Ole Miss is hosting a one-minute film competition for high school students. Entries are due Sept. 21, and, according to the official release, “can be narrative, documentary, experimental or even promotional, but whatever the style, they must be under 60 seconds, … Continue reading

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