Texas has made headlines in the past few months for nationally-funded campaigns to turn Texas blue. Some Republicans recognize this as a genuine threat, and emphasize the need for their party to stop making rape comments or offending the growing Hispanic population. Others scoff at battleground efforts and say that Democrats are just fooling themselves in the state with the largest number of red electoral votes. These were all speculations. But that is all about to change.
A map published by the Workers Defense Project, a collective of organizers and laborers advocating for low-wage workers, shows the meteoric growth of Austin. Dimpled across downtown are dozens of construction sites and half-finished high rises. The city’s population grew 37% in 2010 and shows no sign of stopping. As of March 2013, Austin was still the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country. A crowded future is on the horizon— brimming with new jobs and fresh faces.
All too often, we read about new and disappointing ways the Republican controlled Texas Legislature is attempting to grease the slippery slope towards educational inferiority. That’s why it can be a real breath of fresh air when something like this comes along. If State Representative Mary González (D-Clint) has her way, Texas college and university students will be paying less at the campus bookstore in the near future, making it more possible for young Texans to seek the degrees increasingly demanded by the modern job market.
A lot of column space in The Daily Texan has lately been devoted to the National Association of Scholars and their report denouncing UT’s (and A&M’s) U.S. history courses for focusing too much on gender, race, and class. Thankfully most of it has been challenging the report, but the way the paper (and even some professors) have gone about refuting the report is troubling. UT’s defenders have pointed out that the NAS’ study used only information from class syllabi, rather than attending lectures or talking to students and professors. This is a good point, and it’s an obvious flaw in their methodology (if you want to dignify the study by implying they had one). But there are more serious problems with this study than just how the NAS went about it. Continue reading