Primary Scenes: Not Old Enough To Vote, But Never Too Young To Learn | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Primary Scenes: Not Old Enough To Vote, But Never Too Young To Learn

Third-grade teacher Lisa Jensen takes her class on a tour of the polling place at Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest D.C.
WAMU/Martin Austermuhle
Third-grade teacher Lisa Jensen takes her class on a tour of the polling place at Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest D.C.

You have to be 18 to vote in D.C., but you can be any age to learn about voting. At least that's what Lisa Jensen thinks.

Jensen is a third grade teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in Chevy Chase, and this afternoon she took her class on a tour of Precinct 51, the polling place located in the school's gym. The visit offered the budding voters — the first election for many of them will be in 2024 — a chance to see democracy in action, something they have been learning about in the classroom.

"I came right now because we've just been learning about federal government, state government, local government, and the District's government. Last week we learned about the City Council and the mayor, how a bill becomes a law in Washington, D.C., so we came down to see how our elected officials get elected," she said.

Jensen also took advantage of the chance to cast her own ballot, though she didn't let her students see who she picked.

"It's always good to model what kids are expected to do in society. We want them to learn to be good citizens, so coming to show them that I am good citizen is very helpful," she said.

NPR

The Gift Of Eternal Shelf Life: 'Tuck Everlasting' Turns 40

In Natalie Babbitt's celebrated classic, a young girl stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. Babbitt says she wrote the book to help kids understand death.
NPR

Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.
NPR

Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History Professor Paul Kramer.
NPR

With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.