A Presumption of Guilt
Bryan Stevenson argues that American history has taught police officers and all of us to presume that African Americans are dangerous and guilty. When police officers kill Black people, it is lynching all over again.
This happens all the time in the Bay Area, especially when parents send their kids to private schools.
Totally great writing about being a parent of a newborn while trying to take the advice of parenting books.
Excellent article about how the American dream of owning a home is fraught with problems, including our inability to have empathy for others.
Fantastic article about a trauma surgeon and her life's work to save people from gun violence in Philadelphia.
This is a great history of 4chan, and Anonymous, and Gamergate, and memes, and the Internet, and how a group of young men living in their mothers' basements took a liking to Donald Trump, as a loser who won.
After teenagers in Virginia pleaded guilty to vandalizing an historic black schoolhouse, the judge sentenced them to read 12 books geared to build their background knowledge on African American history, the Holocaust, and the history of discrimination. My first two reactions: (1) It's great to treat this as a learning opportunity, (2) Reading for punishment isn't great. At least the reading list involves choice!
Great essay on how the word humbled has lost its meaning.
The best article on education that I've read in a very long time.
Wow, Dr. Atul Gawande knows how to write. In this piece, in which he argues that we should put more resources into primary care physicians (i.e., incremental care), Dr. Gawande brings up his own decision to become a surgeon, his son’s chronic heart condition, and how humans shouldn’t be like bridges.
After 2000 (hanging chads), tons of money went into voting machines, and since then, there have been major problems with miscounts. This story is about Memphis and its voting machines’ decade-long tendency to undercount African American votes.
Instead of focusing on punishment, which drives young people away, schools should adopt restorative justice, which promotes truth and reconciliation, and therefore, hope.
This is clear and to the point - for white people who need a primer.
Bryan Stevenson is the best. So is Jeffrey Toobin.
Again, Nikole Hannah-Jones. This time, she takes on school segregation in New York.
Wow. This is the best article I’ve read about the current generation of college students.
Disturbing — and a must-read. What should happen to remember and to heal from a lynching?
Paul Tough knows how to write about education. If you care about urban schooling, read this article. It’ll quickly get you up to speed on grit, mindset, ACEs, intrinsic motivation, and deeper learning.
This is not the way to promote reading.