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Old 07-02-2016, 07:36 AM
 
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Why not just leave Mississippi alone. During my stay there, folks seemed reasonably happy. If you don't like their lifestyle, don't go there. You won't be missed.
Because poor education hurts more than just the uneducated, it hurts everyone around them. Not thinking about others is called selfishness.
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Old 07-02-2016, 09:22 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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.................my daughter went to private school for two years in MS before I realized that the education she was getting was so far worse than any public school I had ever attended.............
Sorry to hear The Punkin had a tough time.
We were "lucky". Ours went to public school and was awarded a full scholarship to Ole Miss; he'll graduate next year. Just "luck", I guess.
And the kid across the street was "just lucky", too. He went off to dental school and has accepted a commission in the navy.
Starkville and Ocean Springs both sent public high school graduates to Annapolis.
United States military Academy (West Point) commissioned 16 officers in 2015 who had their primary education in Mississippi public school system.
Murrah HS in Jackson sent one kid to Yale and another to Harvard. They both just finished their freshman year.

But all of those people from all of those places who all studied in the Mississippi Public Education System were just "lucky". Tokens, I guess. Maybe all those institutions of higher learning had a quota of some sort and had to find someone from Mississippi to educate so that the institutions would feel better about themselves. I don't know; it's just all so confusing.....

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Old 07-05-2016, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Just like every other state, public and private schools in Mississippi vary wildly depending on the area. Some are quite good. Many are beyond horrible.

I did get lucky, becasue I had a somewhat progressive principle, a few very good teachers, and a few experimental programs that allowed a tiny 1-A school access to subjects like physics, calculus, computer programming before this was common, a variety of languages (Russian, German, Spanish, French), etc. Not long after I graduated that principle retired, was replaced by a football coach, and things went downhill. A decade or so later my high school was closed.


As for private schools, you need to find out why that school was formed. Some private schools were formed because of Brown V. Board of Education (i.e., racism). If the courts are going to force public schools to integrate, then we'll form our own private schools to keep the undesirables away. Other private schools were formed for religious reasons. If the government is forcing schools to teach science (evolution, etc.) when our preacher says the universe is only a few thousand years old, then we'll form our own private schools. Our kids need to learn the truth, that humans rode dinosaurs, but dinos' were just too big to fit on the ark.

If your local private school was formed for either of those two reasons, then stay away. Stay far away.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: South Austin, 78745
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When people pride themselves on southern hospitality, friendliness, and southern charm, while getting in their car and driving about as rudely as imaginable, then going home, getting completely hammered on Jack and Budweiser and then abusing (mentally or physically) their spouse and children while claiming that family is the most important thing in their life, second only to god, I'd call that backwards.
That type of behavior is not unique to Mississippi or the South. There are people who behave like that in every city, county, state and region of the country.

If a person had used those type of behaviors to describe an entire race of people rather than entire region of people, that person would be considered a racist by liberals.

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Old 07-29-2016, 10:04 AM
 
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Oh dear..Mississippi in the dumb and dumber crosshairs once again. As a transplant living here for many years I have often posted positive aspects of the lifestyle and people here in the Magnolia State. I stand by those posts--the kindness, the good manners, the helpfulness, the cheerfulness, the sheer charm--and the ability to transcend the limits if one has the resources to travel, study, and seek out intelligent well-educated companions--whom I have found rather easily living in a university town. All that being said---yes--indeed--most Mississippians I have encountered have an almost lockstep mindset that embraces religion and conservatism. This creates a lack of dynamic in which young people can think beyond the cultural norms they learn from the cradle. So a society of like-minded possibly close-minded folks dominate the strati of the social structure from the dropout to the entrepreneurs and the professional class. That does not mean there are not progressive thinkers and more moderate centrists, just that they are in the minority. If you recall when the Personhood Amendment was presented some years back they was an outcry and protests from this very class that stopped it in its tracks. So there is a fifth column of less conservative thought here.

Is it backwardness? Perhaps here I have to agree..the lack of critical thought and testing of ideas does boggle my mind on occasion. But how different is it in other parts of the country? After all, Trump was nominated and Mississippi had little to do with that..though he will most likely win the state. No that "I love the uneducated." phenomenon came from all over. Recently The Atlantic had an article about the need to provide work for those without academic degrees and one of the stats mentioned is that 80,000,000 people in the US have IQs below 99--or below average. Mississippi only has a few million people.
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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Its an insult used by racist leftist elites who despise anything/anyone that isn't like "them."
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Old 07-30-2016, 04:22 PM
JJG
 
Location: Fort Worth
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Its an insult used by racist leftist elites who despise anything/anyone that isn't like "them."
Oh good lord...

Look, I live in Texas, and yeah, our state gets called "backward" as well. But in all honesty, it's the small, rural areas of the state that deserve that label.

You'll find plenty of intelligent, free-thinking people in the major urban areas. DFW, Houston, Austin and San Antonio...

The "backwards" reputation does come from some of the political and religious aspects, but we don't have the same thoughts, obviously. The thing with Mississippi, though, is that it's mostly rural and doesn't have what Texas, Florida, Georgia (mainly Atlanta) or even N.C. and Tennessee have. It doesn't have the cities, it doesn't have the cultural/racial/political diversity, it doesn't have the attraction, it doesn't have the major corporations/job opportunities or the amount of higher educational opportunities that those southern states have. That's why it gets the "backward" label more than anyone.
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Old 07-31-2016, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I think we should allow a state like Mississippi to secede. It's sad when you have a group of people who take pride in their lack of intellectual curiosity.
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Old 07-31-2016, 08:36 AM
 
Location: The South
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I think we should allow a state like Mississippi to secede. It's sad when you have a group of people who take pride in their lack of intellectual curiosity.
No comment on your comment.

Some of these folks were notable, all from Mississippi
A
Mary Alice actress
Dana Andrews actor
William Attaway author
B
Howard Bahr author
Willie Banks singer
Red Barber sports announcer
Haley Barbour governor, politician
Richard Barthe sculptor
Ralph Boston olympic medalist
Kenny Brown musician (born in AL)
Vivian Brown meteorologist
Jimmy Buffett singer, songwriter
Robert Lee "R. L." Burnside singer, songwriter
John Butler choreographer, ballet director
C
William "Billy" Cannon football player
Lacey Chabert actress
James Chaney civil rights activist
Alvin Childress actor
Doris Christian-Johnson author
Craig Claiborne restaurant critic, food writer
Gerald "Jerry" Clower comedian
Harry A. Cole chemist, inventor of pine-sol
David L. Cook singer
Wyatt Emory Cooper author, screenwriter
D - E
Paul Lavon Davis singer, songwriter
Bo Diddley musician
Marcus L. Dupree football player
John Dye actor
Charles Evers civil rights leader
Myrlie Evers-Williams civil rights leader
F - G
William Faulkner author
Brett Favre football player
Allen Fillingame web designer, Travian god
Shelby Foote author, historian
Richard Ford author
Morgan Freeman actor, director
Cynthia Geary actress
Bobbie Gentry singer, songwriter
Mickey Gilley musician
Gary Grubbs actor, playwright
H
Alice Haining actress
Lynn Hamilton actress
Barry Hannah author
Lusia Harris basketball player
Elizabeth Lee Hazen inventor
Beth Henley screenwriter, actress, playwright
Jim Henson puppeteer, creator Muppets
Anthony Herrera actor
Faith Hill singer
J - L
Don Jeffcoat actor
Robert L. Johnson founder black entertainment television (bet)
Robert LeRoy Johnson musician
James Earl Jones actor
Simbi Khali actress
B. B. King musician
Diane Ladd actress
Daniel Curtis Lee actor
Tom Lester actor
M
Tom Malone musician
Archie Manning football player
James "Jimbo" Mathus singer, songwriter, musician
Antonio McDyess basketball player
Steve McNair football player
Gerald McRaney actor
Mary Ann Mobley miss america, actress
Dorothy Moore singer
N - O
Ellis Nassour author, playwright
Brandy Norwood singer, actress
Carrie Nye actress
George Ohr potter
Roy Oswalt baseball player
P
Van Dyke Parks composer
Walter Payton football player
Hartley Peavey founder peavey electronics corp.
Joseph "Pinetop" Perkins singer, musician
Donald Peterson astronaut
Robert Pittman founder MTV
Evelyn Preer actress, singer
Elvis Presley singer
Leontyne Price opera singer
Charley Pride singer
R
Jerry Lee Rice football player
Beah Richards actress
LeAnn Rimes singer
Eric Roberts actor
Robin Roberts television host
Jimmie Rodgers singer
Dwayne Rudd football player
S
Saving Abel music group
Larry Semon actor, director
Kevin Sessums singer
Chris Shivers bull rider
Frederick W. Smith founder fedex
Britney Spears actress
Stella Stevens actress
John Marty Stuart singer, songwriter, musician
T
Donna Tartt author
James A. (Gene) Thomas deputy director nasa's kennedy space center
Paul Wayne Thorn singer, songwriter (born in WI)
3 Doors Down band
Richard (Dick) Truly astronaut
Ike Turner singer
Conway Twitty musician
James Michael Tyler actor
W - Y
Sela Ward actress
Muddy Waters singer
Jim Weatherly singer, composer
Ida Wells-Barnett civil rights activist
Eudora Welty author, pulitzer prize winner
Tennessee Williams playwright
Al Wilson football player
Oprah Winfrey television talk show host
Keith Woodside football player
Richard Wright author
Tammy Wynette singer, songwriter
Roy Yeager musician
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Old 07-31-2016, 10:56 AM
JJG
 
Location: Fort Worth
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No comment on your comment.

Some of these folks were notable, all from Mississippi
A
Mary Alice actress
Dana Andrews actor
William Attaway author
B
Howard Bahr author
Willie Banks singer
Red Barber sports announcer
Haley Barbour governor, politician
Richard Barthe sculptor
Ralph Boston olympic medalist
Kenny Brown musician (born in AL)
Vivian Brown meteorologist
Jimmy Buffett singer, songwriter
Robert Lee "R. L." Burnside singer, songwriter
John Butler choreographer, ballet director
C
William "Billy" Cannon football player
Lacey Chabert actress
James Chaney civil rights activist
Alvin Childress actor
Doris Christian-Johnson author
Craig Claiborne restaurant critic, food writer
Gerald "Jerry" Clower comedian
Harry A. Cole chemist, inventor of pine-sol
David L. Cook singer
Wyatt Emory Cooper author, screenwriter
D - E
Paul Lavon Davis singer, songwriter
Bo Diddley musician
Marcus L. Dupree football player
John Dye actor
Charles Evers civil rights leader
Myrlie Evers-Williams civil rights leader
F - G
William Faulkner author
Brett Favre football player
Allen Fillingame web designer, Travian god
Shelby Foote author, historian
Richard Ford author
Morgan Freeman actor, director
Cynthia Geary actress
Bobbie Gentry singer, songwriter
Mickey Gilley musician
Gary Grubbs actor, playwright
H
Alice Haining actress
Lynn Hamilton actress
Barry Hannah author
Lusia Harris basketball player
Elizabeth Lee Hazen inventor
Beth Henley screenwriter, actress, playwright
Jim Henson puppeteer, creator Muppets
Anthony Herrera actor
Faith Hill singer
J - L
Don Jeffcoat actor
Robert L. Johnson founder black entertainment television (bet)
Robert LeRoy Johnson musician
James Earl Jones actor
Simbi Khali actress
B. B. King musician
Diane Ladd actress
Daniel Curtis Lee actor
Tom Lester actor
M
Tom Malone musician
Archie Manning football player
James "Jimbo" Mathus singer, songwriter, musician
Antonio McDyess basketball player
Steve McNair football player
Gerald McRaney actor
Mary Ann Mobley miss america, actress
Dorothy Moore singer
N - O
Ellis Nassour author, playwright
Brandy Norwood singer, actress
Carrie Nye actress
George Ohr potter
Roy Oswalt baseball player
P
Van Dyke Parks composer
Walter Payton football player
Hartley Peavey founder peavey electronics corp.
Joseph "Pinetop" Perkins singer, musician
Donald Peterson astronaut
Robert Pittman founder MTV
Evelyn Preer actress, singer
Elvis Presley singer
Leontyne Price opera singer
Charley Pride singer
R
Jerry Lee Rice football player
Beah Richards actress
LeAnn Rimes singer
Eric Roberts actor
Robin Roberts television host
Jimmie Rodgers singer
Dwayne Rudd football player
S
Saving Abel music group
Larry Semon actor, director
Kevin Sessums singer
Chris Shivers bull rider
Frederick W. Smith founder fedex
Britney Spears actress
Stella Stevens actress
John Marty Stuart singer, songwriter, musician
T
Donna Tartt author
James A. (Gene) Thomas deputy director nasa's kennedy space center
Paul Wayne Thorn singer, songwriter (born in WI)
3 Doors Down band
Richard (Dick) Truly astronaut
Ike Turner singer
Conway Twitty musician
James Michael Tyler actor
W - Y
Sela Ward actress
Muddy Waters singer
Jim Weatherly singer, composer
Ida Wells-Barnett civil rights activist
Eudora Welty author, pulitzer prize winner
Tennessee Williams playwright
Al Wilson football player
Oprah Winfrey television talk show host
Keith Woodside football player
Richard Wright author
Tammy Wynette singer, songwriter
Roy Yeager musician
None of that takes away from the image of Mississippi being backwards...

And LeAnn Rimes was born in Mississippi but grew up in Texas.
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