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July 29, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Wishing for a brighter future

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I look forward to the day that we will no longer see photos in the newspaper of Nevadans lining up to contribute money to California’s education system.

I look forward to the day when Wal-Mart, Albertson’s, McDonald’s and the mining corporations pay their fair share for the infrastructure they use in our state. Why are we raising our sales tax to hire more police to protect the property of international corporations when those corporations pay almost nothing?

I look forward to the day when our children can go to schools that aren’t among the worst funded in the nation. I look forward to the year that teachers, who have not had a raise in five years and actually will be getting their second pay cut in that time this July, get their next raise.

I look forward to the day when brave citizens will run for office and stand up to the handful of powerful people who have hoarded more and more of our nation’s wealth while the workers have suffered.

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  1. Poor poor Jeremy. He chose a profession with low pay. An education degree is the sixth ranked worst degree based on return on investment. I would suggest that Jeremy work a retail job during his summers off from teaching to supplement his income. My high school football coach would mow fairways at the golf course during the summer where I worked. You do what you have to do.

    8 College Degrees with the Worst Return on Investment
    #6 Education

    http://salary.com/8-college-degrees-with...

  2. Nevada is at the top of the bad lists and the bottom of the good lists. Please don't blame everybody and everything else. Put the blame where it belongs: On Nevada, its citizens and the elected officials we vote for.

    Carmine D

  3. I look forward to the day when guys like Jeremy put their money where their mouths are. They want the government to have more money to waste? Let them send a check. Nothing, except themselves, is preventing them from doing so. If those who want to drop a few bucks on a lousy scheme like a lottery would only send the money to the Carson City Clowns, I'm sure everything would come up smelling like roses and all of our problems would be solved. Yeah, sure. What would happen is the Carson City Clowns would accelerate their spending spree and be whining for "More, please!" No amount of money will ever satisfy the appetite of the tax & spend crowd!

  4. Christensen,

    I look forward to the day when people, such as yourself, understand basic economics enough that they KNOW consumers of goods pay all taxes whether through direct payment to the government or through indirect payment through the McDonalds, the Wal-Marts & the Albertsons.

    Until then, I will remain in my own special purgatory stuck between the emotionally irrational and the ignorant.

    Purgatory

  5. Good letter Mr. Christensen. You've exposed the inability of certain people unable to think through a problem. They can only make snide remarks. It's no wonder we've fallen behind other industrial nations in education. We'll soon be raising a nation of drastically under-educated people because some think teaching is a poor profession to chose, or teachers salaries are too high because of unions.

    Here in Ls Vegas education is a poor priority because those running the show seek cocktail waitresses and bar tenders, not educated technicians or engineers.

  6. Our graduation rate here in high schools is, I believe 40 %. I don't think a lack of funding causes that or that more funding will fix it.

    Until recently, most people here (without too many skills) could get a casino related job pretty easily. We don't have diversified employment opportunities here. We are a 2nd chance city, where people who have failed elsewhere come to try a 2nd, 3rd or 4th time. We have a high number of ESL, students whose first language is not English. Part of our city is poor and gang infected. We are a city that extols sex, wild behavior, gambling and drinking. We have a more transient population than most other cities. We are known as an inexpensive city to live in.

    Look at all those things and add them to what we see in other cities too, such as one parent families, drug dependency, parents who are not capable of parenting, parents who don't value education, parents that don't hold their kids to high standards, parents that are more interested in their own lives than that of their kids, parents that struggle financially just to have a roof over their heads and food to eat ... and that explains the schools poor performance and the horrible graduation rates.

    You cannot fix much of that with more money. Our society is most of the reason our schools perform badly and until we admit that and make changes that matter, the poor performance will continue.

    Michael

  7. "We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

  8. Vernos,

    The 'We' in Roosevelt's statement can't just mean the schools and funding them with ever more money. The 'We' must include the kids themselves, the parents and the society as a whole. The last three parts of 'We' are failing the duties that must be performed if we want people who can succeed in the future.

    Michael

  9. Lamy,

    Well stated - my thoughts exactly...kudos...

    Purgatory

  10. Joe,

    I agree that schools must change and evolve with changing times. I studied to be a teacher and worked as an aide in schools for several years, so I've seen schools up close and personal.

    That said, just what, specifically are you advocating. I see people everyday in my office, who cannot write or print legibly, cannot spell, cannot follow simple instructions, cannot do simple math, cannot fill out a form, know zero about current events, except maybe what someone famous did recently or who won the latest talent contest on TV or other such drivel.

    All the things you mentioned were non specific, general things. How do you implement what you are advocating in schools, in a classroom?

    Michael

  11. Joe,

    Thanks for more specifics. I can agree with much of what you advocate. I also must note however that most children will end up working in a job or jobs that require at least basic skills. From what I see out in the world, a giant tidal wave of kids are exiting school without even the basic skill sets needed to be qualified for a decent job. That's a huge problem for our future.

    Michael