Category Archives: Education

Making the Grade

While perusing the Mississippi Department of Education’s budget presentation for the 2019 Fiscal Year, I noticed several items that will make citizens proud. Our graduation rate has never been higher, and statewide assessments indicate two consecutive years of better scores. … Continue reading

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Pop the Bubble

As most of you know, I am a recovering journalist who deeply appreciates the old adage that if you’re not rocking the boat, you’re not doing your job. When journalists don’t ask difficult questions, they don’t just fail their readers, … Continue reading

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Why Go to College?

As deadlines for early admission programs approach, it may be worth it to ask yourselves what you want from college. A massive amount of data shows that people with degrees out earn those without them. In that sense, going to … Continue reading

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One for the Late American Drama class

What questions do you want to ask Wayne Self about Upstairs?

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How to Teach

During a recent walk around campus, a colleague of mine mentioned a crisis in the classroom. “I’ve come to realize that our biggest problem with students isn’t that they don’t have an attention span,” the professor said. “It all has … Continue reading

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So, while we’re talking about essential services. . .

Education (35%) and health care (25%) rate as the two largest items within our $6 billion state budget. Those percentage are likely to remain the same until our income outpaces the rate of inflation. (Currently, our economy has grown at … Continue reading

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Help me help us

So. . .I’m curious. . .if you all could redesign the MSMS website, what would you want it to look like? How could you make sure that the site’s content remains strong? Are there school websites that you think are … Continue reading

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Up and Running Again

Welcome back, fearless bloggeurs! I’m excited to be exited about the spring semester. I teach a goodly chunk of my favorite literature each spring–Chopin, Frost, Faulkner, O’Connor, Joyce, Williams–the list of beloved texts is almost embarrassingly long. My seniors might … Continue reading

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The Price of Innovation

A colleague recently forwarded me information about NEA grants for teachers. The application declares that “[w]e support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Dream!

I feel like a kid in a candy shop: I have received clearance to design a contemporary literature course to be taught in the spring semester of 2018. I’m interested in your suggestions regarding books to include, of course. I … Continue reading

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