Does reorganizing Portland's high schools make sense?
Portland's high school dropout rate is the highest in the metropolitan area. While the statewide rate declined last year, Portland high school students are dropping out at twice the rate - 8.2 percent - of students in other Oregon communities. The city's high schools are also grappling with other issues: a growing number of students opting for GED credentials, budget shortfalls, and demands from parents for greater accountability to the community.
Why were elections in Iran rigged? What do the Iranian Demonstrators want? Is the Green Wave in Iran another CIA staged colour revolution? For some answers tune into KBOO's special talk show with Goudarz Eghtedari when he interviews Professors Hamid Dabashi and Kaveh Ehsany, 8 AM Tuesday June 30th.
Hamid Dahbashi is a Columbia University's Middle East Studies Professor, and Kaveh Ehsani is Professor of International Studies at DePaul University, Chicago and an editor of Middle East Report.
Words can be used to communicate ideas between people, to describe things we can't point to. Words can also be used to separate and manipulate. This happens in our media all the time. Remember when the prior administration talked about "spreading democracy"?
This was a divisive choice of words - some of us think - hooray! spreading democracy! pass the popcorn! to others, sounds a little like cultural imperialism.