Last month, I wrote about Education Week's latest Quality Counts report that gave my home state of Mississippi an "F" ranking in student achievement a...
I simply didn't want to let people inside, fearing that if anyone got to close, they would hate me or know automatically that I was a black gay boy growing up in the segregated south.
After the terrorist attack on 9-11 and the nation's response, anger and grief overwhelmed artist Robert Shetterly.
Pass Christian demonstrates what can be done when schools take seriously a commitment to excellence.
By Jason Bittel, OnEarthFifty years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service imported a species of Asian carp to Arkansas as part of an initiative to c...
I am struck both by how much HOPE is exactly what we envisioned and how it is so very different. I am also humbled by the fact that though we have achieved much with HOPE, much work remains.
A minority of New Hampshire residents see religion as being important in their daily lives (46 percent) in contrast to a large majority of Mississippians (85 percent). How can such huge differences be explained?
Last month Carey Wright was named Superintendent of Education in my home state of Mississippi. With a long list of qualifications, including a consult...
Walking into a school is always an adventure. You're never sure exactly what you'll find. Will you find bored kids, angry teachers, neglected hallways, and overwhelmingly cluttered or barren classrooms? Schools, in other words, that make you despair that schools can help kids prepare for their adult lives.
Before I sat down to write about John Currence's new cookbook -- Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey -- I surveyed my brown liquor shelf and found just the right courage: a bottle of Willett Rye with one good pump left in it.
Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.
In the end, redistribution from wealthy states to poor states is one of our greatest strengths. It makes us all better. But the politicians representing those who need the most help are the very politicians fighting to cut important programs and keeping the federal government shutdown.
Outrageous. And all for what? Because a small faction of snot-nosed kids within the Republican Party cannot accept the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 elections and the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Road trips, much like hot dogs and apple-pie, embody the American experience. I've often said that the open road sings to me. That was most definitely the case during my most recent road trip on Highway 61, The Blues Highway.
One of the benefits of hitting the shore in autumn is affordable hotel rates, putting dream destinations like Hilton Head, Montauk, Laguna Beach, and even Nantucket within your reach. Here are our favorite American beach towns with fall rates that say, "Welcome!"
My greatest disagreement is with Governor Barbour's view that we will never be able to end racial discrimination and animus in Mississippi or anywhere else. I believe we can and must. And considering how far Mississippi has come in the last 50 years, I believe history is on my side.