Nevada Education Rant:
Alright it's time for another classic Varga rant about education in Nevada. This time I'm going to rant about anything and everything. NO ONE and NOTHING is safe. First off I'm going to talk about this "Shutting Down the Strip for Education" rally that's been planned. Do you want to hear the truth? Surely you don't because you wont like it. It will begin at the Bellagio Fountains. Now my question is this. If most of the money and tax revenue comes from this town comes from the Strip then WHY SHUT IT DOWN? Can somebody please use some damn logic whenever they come up with these protests. The Middle Eastern countries have better planning and protest logic than this. Do these people actually think that this is going to change anything? NO, IT WONT. WHY? BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN ANYWAY NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU PROTEST! I'm telling it like it is right now in the hope that some of these geniuses come up with a better plan than this. I'll tell you the best way to get things done and I'm going to take full credit for it when it happens. UNLV is where this needs to take place at. There's a big open area by the Student Union. Everyone needs to go there and take it over. Just sit down and protest continually and moving people in and out in shift changes so no one gets too tired. Holding down the fort in a peacefully protest with chants and speakers is what needs to happen. Get at least a thousand people for it. Start off with a MASSIVE protest and see if more people join. Shut down the campus to make a point. Then starts the shifts after the first night. Bring food, water, and anything else that's needed for people to use. Fast food and nearby resteraunts will help out with this since people can go there to eat or take a break. A LOT of signs and speakers will be needed and not just Democratic politicians who are going to turn it into a propaganda rally to get re-elected by politicians from BOTH sides of the aisle. No discrimination there and if there is then the people at the rally are idiots for not seeing that we need to band together instead of doing something that isn't going to get anything done.
A Republican state senator also was in the news for saying that the new education reform bill would let bad teachers keep their jobs. He says that if it passes inferior teachers will still be in their positions for three years. You know what? I actually agree with this. If a teacher isn't doing their job then they shouldn't be in a classroom. I dealt with this stuff in my first Early Childhood Practicum 2 classroom where I had a teacher like this who acted like she was there for a paycheck and nothing else. That's the kind of stuff that leads me to think this way. Also only union teachers would be able to join a council to create education reform standards. Why only union teachers? The best teacher I know, who was my Student Teaching Master Teacher, isn't in the union and she's awesome in the classroom. Why would teachers who are not in the union be segregated from the union teachers as far as this goes? That just makes it seem like the assembly is catering to only union teachers and not all teachers which could be viewed as discrimination and segregation both of which are illegal in this country. The fact that CCSD administrators liked this should tell you it's the least logical option out there. Teacher accountability is something that needs to happen in order for this state to get out of the educational dungeon we've been for years. The probationary period is the one thing I like about this where it's now three one-year probationary periods. They also want to create a Teachers and Leaders Council which is what I previously mentionned. Student achievement would be 50% of the teacher's evaluation score. Ok, since that's the case then what about the teachers who get the children of other teachers? In my experience these students get higher scores. What if they all end up in the same room and all of the lower acheiving students end up in another teacher's room? Would that lower their score? How does that make sense? The teachers with tenure in some cases could use this as a loophole to get a higher score. This whole system is going to backfire for that very reason not to mention the union control over the council that makes all of the decisions. It's all about control and power. Trust me, it's happened many times throughout history. We need just one educational group running things in Nevada and adding another controlling body isn't going to make things better. It's only going to make it more confusing.
Also the Governor's office admitted a shortfall in the number of money that can be moved from the education and there's an article at the bottom of this blog related to it as well as the two articles related to the rants.
Shutting Down the Strip for Education -
Governor's Office Admits Shortfall -
Education Reform Bill -