Koonlaba: What do you think about students showing their work in math?

This article, titled Explaining Your Math: Unnecessary at Best, Encumbering at Worst, discusses the difference between “knowing” and “doing.” It points out how reformers often argue that students can quite often “do” a problem but never actually understand or “know” the actual concepts. Students have been required to justify their answers. However, the article argues […]

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MSEDBLOG TEAM: S.O.S. – Stop “Operation: Silence”!

Please take 2 minutes out of your day to read this short message. Public education in Mississippi is under an all-out assault. What’s coming out of the state Legislature to undermine our public school systems and diminish their capability to educate, is beyond denial now. We would like to briefly address a couple of issues, […]

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Comans: ‘Improve the Economy gate’ bar raised

By James Comans, with all deference to Geoff Pender’s column ‘Third-grade gate’ bar raised; certified teachers get boost.” A bill the House Quality Assurance Committee passed Tuesday would again raise the bar for Mississippi legislators, requiring higher economy test scores starting in 2019 before they can be promoted to a second term. The Mississippi Results-Based […]

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Eubanks: Education Voices are Too Loud for Some Legislators

Going into last November’s elections, educators in Mississippi were hoping for real leadership. Instead, what they got was more of the same. The best example of this is House Education Chair John Moore’s bill to silence educators, which he filed last year and did so again this year. This is a blatant attempt to tell […]

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Southern Penny- Answer Me This: A Mississippian’s Response to Silencing

Both House Bill 958 (Snowden) and House Bill 49 (Moore) are attempts on the part of our Mississippi Legislature to silence educators, superintendents, and school board members from making complaints to their representatives and from voicing their opinions on education policies to the public. Answer me this: What gives the state of Mississippi the authority […]

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Comans: Questions

What is the proper function of the school within American society? To provide opportunity? To maintain the status quo? To ensure success from every citizen? Should we continue to demand constant improvement from schools as if every student will eventually be an A student? Is that even possible? Remember the No Child Left Behind Act, […]

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Thinking Conservative:  Criminal Charges for Medical Professionals Openly Supporting Pro-Life Candidates?

A news story with an education tie-in. The names have been changed to protect the innocent…. “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -Sir John Dalberg-Acton (April 1887) Has anyone seen the new law being proposed trying to silence medical and healthcare workers from having their voices heard politically? The law up for […]

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DAILY JOURNAL: Video games used to encourage reading

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – By reading more books, members of one Tupelo Boys & Girls Club will get to play more video games. The Haven Acres clubhouse will be participating in “Game on for Literacy,” the platform of Miss New South Hannah Whitlock, who will compete for Miss Mississippi this June. She […]

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THE ATLANTIC: Punching Above Their Weight in Mississippi

A treat for Mississippi readers: The work of MSMS students in Columbus has been featured in The Atlantic, a national literary and cultural magazine with over 400,000 subscribers.   Mississippi schools come in #49 in many national rankings. Read these essays and poems by high school students from Columbus, Mississippi. Then tell the folks who […]

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JACKSON FREE PRESS: ‘No Data’ Showing Appointing Superintendents Helps Achievement

“No data” backs the idea that appointing school superintendents rather than electing them will actually raise test scores or improve achievement in the state’s public schools, the author of the legislation said today in the Mississippi Senate. Still, the full Senate passed the bill Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, authored this morning, 40-9. Mississippi has more […]

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