Sentences to Ponder


1. A trend toward CMOs in New Orleans

“A few years ago, there were almost two dozen standalone charters in the state-run Recovery School District, representing about a third of the total; by next school year, there could be as few as seven or eight.”

2. Farina’s war on evidence

“Asked about the poor showing of Cincinnati’s vaunted community schools, Fariña called their results ‘pretty good’—a statement that’s not only hard to support with evidence, but also suggests a surprising lack of urgency about academic achievement in some of the city’s most hard-pressed schools.”

3. Poor people didn’t cause the housing crisis

“Middle and high income borrowers also contributed most significantly to the increase in defaults after 2007.”

4. Why some teams are smarter than others

“Finally, teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. Indeed, it appeared that it was not ‘diversity’ (having equal numbers of men and women) that mattered for a team’s intelligence, but simply having more women.”

5. How Mexicans became Americans 

“Today, they feel like an iceberg finally separating and floating away from mother Mexico. People are more focused on how things run where they raise children than in villages they’ll never return to.”

6. Is climate disaster inevitable? 

Ten thousand years from now the Democrats and the Republicans and their squabbles over climate change will be long gone. But the laws of planets and life we’re now revealing won’t have changed. Not on this world or any other.

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