The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 10/7/7

On Wednesday night at Ole Miss, Thomas Friedman drove home his “world is flat” message that all American kids are at economic risk from the rising educational and entrepreneurial access that technology has given their counterparts in India, China and other former economic backwaters.

On Friday morning in Tupelo, state Superintendent of Education Hank Bounds echoed that message with his own push for greater academic rigor and higher standards in Mississippi’s public schools, which still are at the bottom in performance in the United States, which trails a couple of dozen countries in international educational rankings.

Sandwiched in between these events on Thursday night at Mississippi State University was a debate between Gov. Haley Barbour and his Democratic challenger, John Arthur Eaves Jr. No substantive discussion of Mississippi’s education system occurred in the course of that hour – none.