Category Archives: politics

What Good Am I, Oklahoma?

The Step Up Oklahoma plan to raise revenues to finally address the dire teacher shortage in Oklahoma failed in February 2018 primarily because the minority House Democrats wanted 5% instead of 4% gross production tax for the first 36 months of a … Continue reading

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Bob Cratchit and Bias Bubbles

December 28, 2017 We hear much these days about “fake news”, a term promoted by President Trump when he wishes to deflect critical coverage of his latest untruth, of which there are many. But he is correct in that there … Continue reading

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Demagogues and dopamine

December 15, 2017 In these trying times, I’m thinking of demagogues and dopamine. Back in my grade school days, we learned about civics and history. We saw how Father Coughlin and Senator Joseph McCarthy earlier in the 20th century had created needless strife … Continue reading

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Why we’re staying

June 23, 2017 This has been a bittersweet time as my 28 years of teaching physics at Bartlesville High School has drawn to a close. In July I’ll being working at the district’s Education Service Center, overseeing its technology and communications efforts. … Continue reading

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Those crazy babies

Columnist Dana Milbank struck a chord for me with his recent post about Baby Boomers vs. Generation X. While generational stereotypes are overly simplistic, they do provide an interesting lens through which to focus on our national tale of political … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Schools

September 6, 2014 In September 2014 a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City highlighted both the high school I graduated from and the one I’ve taught at for 25 years. The context was an article about the number of … Continue reading

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Oklahoma is number one – in public school funding cuts!

September 12, 2013 Oklahoma is number one! IN PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING CUTS. Oklahoma voters are to blame. They elected a governor and legislators who have repeatedly cut income taxes even amidst the Great Recession, starving our schools. When are parents going … Continue reading

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