Several schools have implemented new research showing that character strengths such as determination and resilience are better predictors of life success than mere intelligence. Mississippi's education decision-makers should adopt the same values when tackling the state's education challenges -- first by promoting innovative, high-capacity school leadership.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, former Gov. Haley Barbour, and Rev. Keith Tonkel were on their best behavior at Operation Shoestring's "Conversation About Community." In doing so, they missed an opportunity for the frank public discussion that Jackson's problems deserve.
Mississippi's new law requiring doctors to take DNA samples from umbilical cords of mothers under 16 was hailed by supporters as a key step toward combatting teen pregnancy. Instead, by ignoring the real causes of unplanned pregnancies, it risks exacerbating the problem.