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April 04, 2008

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We used to say, "At least there's Mississippi," because they were always the one state behind Arizona in funding for education and social programs. Well, I was in Mississippi last week at a conference, and we can't say that anymore. The focus here seems to be on TRAINING workers for minimum wage jobs, rather than EDUCATING students to be responsible citizens. As bad as the drop-out and performance statistics get, Horne and his minions deny the problem. "Everything is okay, we'll come up with a new standards test." One solution is clear: better pay for teachers and smaller classrooms. Duh. A tsunami awaits us.

I'd love to hear your views on journalistic crusading. I agree that newspapers don't do it anymore. I almost wonder if they ever did?

I get the sense from old movies like Citizen Kane and old radio that "afflicting the comforted and comforting the afflicted" was very much a part of journalism at the time, that journalists took a noble pride in exposing and righting wrongs.

I'd really like to hear your thoughts on why that's changed -- if it has -- and how and why.

Keep up the good work!

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