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Sunday, October 1, 2023


Cheers for early voting, jeers for NCLB

Early voting: A+

Fiesta Mart, Moody Park Recreation Center, Octavia Fields Branch Library, Beebe Tabernacle – what do all these places have in common? They’re all early voting locations for Harris County voters.

There is only one day left for early voting in this primary, which the Harris County Democratic Party calls the "first-in-a generation presidential primary that matters."

Ordinarily, early voting is useful when waiting in long lines doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, but this election is a horse of a different color. Because voters are coming out in record numbers this year, there will be long lines no matter when you vote. But they will be assuredly longer for the March 4 primary.

Early voting is also a smart idea considering Texas’ confusing electoral system that involves both a primary and a caucus.

The caucus, where 67 of 228 total delegates are selected, begins shortly after primary polls close around 7:15 on March 4.

Anyone who voted in the primary, whether early or on March 4, is able to caucus. The caucus, or precinct convention, is held at the same polling precinct as your designated voting location on March 4.

The precinct chair will call the convention to order and voters will then sign in according to their presidential preference.

Come March 4, it doesn’t matter who you’re voting as long as you’re exercising your right to do it.

No Child Left Behind leaves students puzzled over historical events: F

A survey conducted by the Common Core, a research and advocacy organization, found that less than half of U.S. high school students are unable to answer basic history and literature questions, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

No Child Left Behind, an education law signed by President Bush in 2001, which tests students’ abilities in mathematics and reading, is not doing enough to benefit students in the long run.

The narrow focus on the two academic subjects is doing little to give students a well-rounded education. By doing this, the federal government is doing little to help students compete internationally.

The act, which has been criticized by educators nationwide for its narrow focus, is also not helping students understand how world events and their consequences are shaping up.

As the next generation of leaders, the lack of understanding of both historical and literary events is a disservice to students who will not be prepared enough for the future that lies ahead.

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