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January 29, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Teachers should be source of ideas

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Regarding the recent story “School consultant sees fear of change, bureaucratic culture as hindrances”:

What a waste of money! The Clark County School District has spent untold amounts on educational consultant Frederick Hess. His suggestion to save educational time? Train teachers to train students on how to pass papers faster. Huh? No right-minded teacher would ever do this.

The School District has been asking teachers via surveys for many years about ways to save educational time and money. There isn’t one teacher I know who has ever had one of their suggestions adopted.

Of course, teachers are the people who would know best on where time and money is being wasted, but then again, the district never really cared for any suggestions made from the trenches.

If ideas don’t come from high-priced consultants like Mr. Hess or district administrators, no one, including the press, listens.

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  1. Teacher suggestion #1 = pay us 12 months pay for 9 months of work.

    Teacher suggestion #2 = increase our pay to pay our union bosses and cover our union dues at the tax payer's expense.

    Teacher suggestion #3 = ignore the fact that union dues are funneled to liberal political candidates, a fact we fail to mention when discussing citizen's united.

    Teacher suggestion #4 = Don't hold teachers accountable for student test scores and graduation rates.

  2. A consultant is someone you pay to use your watch to tell you the time and then charges you for it! With rare exceptions, consultants are a huge waste of money. They do two things well: Satisfy the human need to do something [when you don't know what to do] and waste your money doing it.


  3. @Jeff...

    'Typical morning from the right wing early morning cuckoo for cocoa puffs crowd'...

    Yup; they get up darn early, eat their sugary namesake, and with unmitigated GLEE proceed to write their 'junk-logic' garbage...

    They are consistent and punctual!
    However, with such flawed logic & simple-minded short-sightedness, our 'future' is not bright.

  4. "Dear teachers, Don't get sick, even when you are surrounded by 40 coughing and sneezing children; tell your young children not to get sick, so you won't have to take a day off."

    This is who the district pays?? How do I get that gig??

    "Mr. Jones, the way to be more efficient with time, is to tell the kids to run everywhere (have the schools release Jaguars to chase the kids - sure we'll lose a few (keeps the district from paying for food), but it would most likely be one of "them undocumented kids" anyway). that means we can shorten passing periods to 45 seconds. AND if we issue them diapers, they won't lose time with bathroom breaks. Hire speed talkers to read instructions to the kids (at least three minutes of time saved there."

    Or.....we can stop making dumb suggestions and let teachers actually do we are trained to do (um teach), and stop paying idiots to steal our money.

  5. Tanker1975 states "Union dues CAN'T be used for politicall purposes. Members make an additional contribution if they want to contribute for political action".

    "The usual measure of unions' clout encompasses chiefly what they spend supporting federal candidates through their political-action committees, which are funded with voluntary contributions, and lobbying Washington, which is a cost borne by the unions' own coffers. These kinds of spending, which unions report to the Federal Election Commission and to Congress, totaled $1.1 billion from 2005 through 2011, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

    The unions' reports to the Labor Department capture an additional $3.3 billion that unions spent over the same period on political activity."

    Political Spending by Unions Far Exceeds Direct Donations

  6. JeffFromVegas - "2 cups of right wing consulting that lavishly praises the guy who hired him, 3 slices of communist styled e-school and we have an awful cake of bitterness."

    Remember, many of them still believe in witches and their brew - "Double double toil and trouble fire burn and cauldron bubble."

  7. Enough with the ideas. Teach the basics. Get that right and then consider optional ideas. Get that right and offer a wider choice of electives particularly to talented performing students. REWARD success. STOP REWARDING FAILURE.