Wednesday, March 30, 2011 | 2:04 a.m.
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I enjoyed reading and agree with Brian Greenspun’s Sunday column, “Imagine a better educated populace.” Today we live in a world dominated by science and technology. The more Americans understand about the world around them, the better it will be for our democracy and for our leaders who will have to make decisions (with popular and educated support) involving science and technology that could be crucial to the future of life on this planet.
That said, an educated populace should be a stated goal of our government because education helps its citizens adapt to and cope with the inevitable changes and challenges (including the need for economic diversification) that represent reality in the 21st century global village.
Educational opportunities must be increased, not diminished, especially when all available sources of revenue have not been exhausted (e.g., from the poorly supervised and inadequate collection of mining revenue). Our governor has a choice to support the people who elected him and find a fair compromise with business leaders to guarantee Nevada’s future via education or to defund education, which I believe most Nevadans will be against and which will have irreversible repercussions in our state.
In this spirit, why don’t we hold a statewide referendum to inform our leaders of the disposition of Nevadans pertaining to the funding of education and the means to achieve it?
The writer is a physics professor at UNLV.
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