Category Archives: Education

Deaths from Despair

Frequently in this space, a graph is more eloquent than anything I might have to say. Here is the graph from the most recent Deaton-Case study on the death rates, by age cohort, of white with only a high-school education … Continue reading

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Let’s Unpack “the Personal Is Political”

  This morning brought, on the usual disreputable websites, the appearance of another disapproving look, this time by a military historian, of the past two Presidential administrations.  Andrew Bracevich the author of America’s War for the Middle East: A Military History, in … Continue reading

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Epistemological Comment

In the last post I spoke of how the citizens of the United States are asked, by our intelligence services, to believe a whipped-up story of Russian hacking affecting the recent election.  The C.I.A., the White House, the Congress, and … Continue reading

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Dropping the Pilots

My title today is a reference to a famous political cartoon of the 1890s, showing the new German Emperor, Wilhelm II, getting rid of the famed chancellor who had fashioned, politically and militarily, the creation of the very Empire which … Continue reading

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We Were Never Data-driven

  I’m retired, after more than twenty years full-time teaching in high school, in Portland Public Schools.  During that time, and with greater and greater urgency toward the end of my tenure, we were continually beseeched, as teachers, to do … Continue reading

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On the Streets of Eugene

My son Michael Kepler Meo attended one of the Conversations on Race we have here in Portland, one in which the Albina Ministerial Alliance on police accountability and the Chief of Police, along with several of his deputies, appeared.  He … Continue reading

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It’s in T. Oliver Country

The State Co-ordinating Committee of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon has announced that the Second State Nominating Convention of the Party will be held Saturday, 13 August 2016, in a little library building in the far Southeastern part of … Continue reading

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