Category Archives: Education

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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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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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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Wednesday Classes

Great news: Jack’s surgery was a success. However, we will have to stay overnight, which means that I will not meet with classes tomorrow. Seniors: please turn in your personal narratives on Friday. Shakespeare students: please be ready to discuss … Continue reading

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Taking Away Your (Library) Card

The City of  Columbus and Lowdnes County have been engaged in an open war for about a year. They’ve squabbled over the language of the restaurant tax, which resulted in significant reduction in the amount of money allocated to the … Continue reading

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Numbers Game

Of the eight million student athletes who play high school sports, about 480,000 will compete in college–a whopping six percent. An even tinier portion of those student athletes will compete in a sport professionally. Parents go nuts at youth sporting … Continue reading

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Institutions and Success

Stirring the Pot Towards the end of Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance writes that “We can build policies based on a better understanding of what stands in the way of kids like me. The most important lesson of my life is not … Continue reading

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Welcome to the blog

(Now here are the rules) Welcome to the 2018-19 edition of the blog. Before we get started in earnest, let’s go over the ground rules. Students may earn up to one-third of the total number of quiz points per quarter … Continue reading

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