A nationally recognized education researcher says Mississippi schools are trying to teach students too much at one time. Educators from across the state gathered in Jackson yesterday, to discuss ways they can help reform Mississippi's failing public education system. One idea that made its way to the forefront was that schools in Mississippi and around the nation are spending too much time focusing on non-essential material. Robert Marzano -- of Marzano Research from Denver -- told MPB's Paul Boger that teaching too much and testing too much are hampering educational progress.
A new report says Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are the most vulnerable species on the Gulf Coast, and the tidal marsh is the most vulnerable habitat. The Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment looked at how sea level rise, urbanization and other factors might affect four ecosystems – including mangroves, oyster reefs, tidal marshes and barrier islands – as well as eleven wildlife species. Cynthia Edwards was assistant coordinator of the report. She spoke with MPB's Evelina Burnett.
In Mississippi, the Civil War still stirs emotions. It’s not so much that teachers disagree on how it should be taught, but that ongoing attempts by the University of Mississippi and several cities across the South to shed Confederate symbols have called up old ghosts. MPB's Sandra Knispel reports for the Southern Education Desk.
Marshall Ramsey is a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, the host of an MPB radio show, and a published author. After the success of his first two books, Ramsey decided to try his hand at a second collection of short stories. He joins us in today's Book Club to talk about writing, life and his new collection -- "Chainsaws and Casseroles."