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Wise Words:

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Nerd girls are far too underappreciated. 

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The Problem With The CCSD

As a student in the CCSD (Clark Count School District) I can say I am directly effected by the extreme budget cuts being made to our schools. In Nevada, we have two basic categories for our cities and towns. There are gambling income cities like Las Vegas, Reno, and Carson City, and then there are the Mining towns like Eureka and Genoa. Our state relies on tourism when the economy is good and on the mining when the economy is bad. Here within lies the problem. When our economy is good, the gambling cities give the mining town aid with the profits from the casinos, when the economy is bad, however, the mining towns are stingy and won’t give us any money. The school district is funded by tourism, you see, and when we aren’t having as many people coming here as we’d like the school district loses a LARGE chunk of money.

Nevada is 51st on the leading board of education– that’s right Puetro Rico is ahead of us. On top of that the CCSD is at the bottom of the ranked within the states school district. CCSD is one of the largest school districts in the nation. At the school I am going to (a career and technical academy) I am getting a good education–for a student in Nevada. By attending the school I am at it’s like winning the gold medal at the Special Olympics.

On average, the CCSD spends about $7,000 on each student a year. In Eureka, they spend about $12,000 a year. Ever since this years election those up in Eureka have been coddled because Brian Sandoval is an asshole and kisses the ground they trod upon. Since they’re doing so well he is taking good care of them and since Vegas voted against him he is holding a grudge on us and would sooner see our education system fail than to do his own damn job. But as long as the industry bringing in the most money is happy and he is getting his paycheck it doesn’t matter. I am neither Republican nor Democrat for both parties have their fault but he is the PERFECT example of why I don’t like all of the Rebulican ideals. SAVE OUR SCHOOLS.

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Game-Based Learning Gains Ground in Higher Education

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Educational gaming has the potential to improve assessment and engage a wider range of students.

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Never remove your flash drive without safely ejecting it first.

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Common Core Curriculum Is Ruining Education

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Recently, American school districts are converting their curriculum to what is referred to as "common core". To put it simply this will make sure that all students are at the same level of education by their exit of high-school. Of course those who oppose this understand that no two children will ever be at the exact same level of comprehention. I pesonally believe, common core curriculum is just a refined version of the the early 2000, No Child Left Behind initiative.
The most important fact anyone in the interest of education can know is this: our childrens' educations are not something that can be "assembled"-- this is not an assembly line. However, in the light of recent events that is exactly what it is being treated as. Regular high school education is becomming watered down in all areas of study and all that matters at this point is whether or not they can pass the standardized tests at an average level. Teachers aren't teaching things that are preparing for further education or the real world, they are simply teaching the testing material-- that's it.

In the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, one of the largest districts in the nation, these changes are not only seen as "an improvement" but also necessary. As of the 2012-2013 school year, this  will be enforced, changing the required curriculum for each class and even eliminating the benefits of some elective classes. With it in action, all of the high school English classes will now follow the same set of principles all based upon composition and rhetoric and some, such as Multicultural Literature, Modern Literature, American Literature and British Literature, will be cut entirely from the class list. Modern Literature and American Literature (which are typically Senior and Junior English courses) will be replaced with Senior English and Junior English whereas Multicultural Lit. and British Lit. will be removed without substitute. There will be a large focus on Non-Fiction readings instead of the classic books that have been taught for years.

The English department isn’t the only one being effected by these changes, the science department will also take a blow. All Freshmen will now start with Biology instead of Principles of Science and then have the option of taking Geological Studies, Chemistry, or Physics their Sophomore years. Some schools, such as mine, offer electives such as Epidemiology, Botany, and Anatomy, which could be used as a science credits. Now, however, those classes will no longer count as science credits, only elective credits. Of course, colleges will be able to look at your transcript and see that you’ve taken these courses and may still count them towards science but not all colleges will do this. On top of the Science department being cut short the Math department will also be effected. Pre-Algebra will no longer be offered to high schoolers and all Freshmen will be required to start in Algebra I.

The purpose of this plan is to generalize the hoi polloi of the student body so that all subjects can be tested equally. They figure if all of the students are required to be in the same classes, and learn the same things at the same time it will be much easier to make and process standardized tests. This may be true but regardless, our education shouldn’t be cut short or squandered even more than it is, simply to make testing easier. In the fact of the matter, many students don’t test well or even take these tests seriously. The head of the CCSD right now is doing this to show improvement in grades, maybe it’s to boost his self esteem or maybe it’s just for the media, whatever it is for, this is not the way to go about doing it. Stripping our schools of the current curriculum will only cause a bad overlap for the students, such as myself, who will be grandfathered out and put the district in even more debt over the years to update the textbooks. Maybe this isn’t going to ruin our educations but right now, I can’t see how it could possible make anything better. Things shouldn’t be based on test scores. A multiple choice test doesn’t show anyone’s knowledge, it only shows their ability to guess.


If your school district hasn't been switched to common core curriculum yet, be thankful, it is what I believe to be the first step in the factory-line generation. 

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