ESSENTIAL #1: “HOW U. OF MICHIGAN APPEALED TO LOW-INCOME STUDENTS WITH A COLORFUL INVITATION—AND A PROMISE OF AID” CHRIS QUINTANA, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
From the article: “What if getting low-income students to apply to a highly selective college was as simple as telling them the doors were open?
A new working paper suggests that, along with the promise of financial aid, might be the case. The paper describes an experiment to reach out to potential applicants to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The researchers found that after telling high-achieving, low-income students they should apply to the institution, many of them did.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “WHY IS AMERICA SO ANGRY?” CHARLES DUHIGG, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “In 2001, just 8 percent of Americans told Pew they were angry at the federal government; by 2013, that number had more than tripled. If we diagnose our anger problem as merely a Trump problem, we’ll be sorely disappointed when he eventually departs public life and we remain enraged.
To avoid that fate, we have to appreciate how anger works. Ordinary anger can deepen, under the right circumstances, into moral indignation—a more combustible form of the emotion, though one that can still be a powerful force for good. If moral indignation persists, however—and if the indignant lose faith that their anger is being heard—it can produce a third type of anger: a desire for revenge against our enemies that privileges inflicting punishment over reaching accord.
We are further down this path as a nation than you may realize, but it’s not too late for us to reverse course. If we can understand anger’s mechanisms, we might find a way to turn our indignation back into a strength.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “WE ARE FORMER SENATORS. THE SENATE HAS LONG STOOD IN DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACY—AND MUST AGAIN” 44 FORMER UNITED STATES SENATORS, THE WASHINGTON POST
From the article: “At other critical moments in our history, when constitutional crises have threatened our foundations, it has been the Senate that has stood in defense of our democracy. Today is once again such a time.
Regardless of party affiliation, ideological leanings or geography, as former members of this great body, we urge current and future senators to be steadfast and zealous guardians of our democracy by ensuring that partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “MACRON PROMISES MINIMUM WAGE HIKE AND TAX CUTS TO END ‘YELLOW VEST’ PROTESTS” VANESSA ROMO AND JAKE CIGAINERO, NPR
From the article: “Trying to quell violent protests across France's major cities, President Emmanuel Macron on Monday introduced a series of new measures he hopes will chart a path out of the political crisis and put an end to the anti-government demonstrations.
In a 13-minute speech from the Elysée Palace, Macron declared "a state of social and economic emergency," offering a handful of concessions to his critics, including promises to deliver tax relief for the poor and to cancel a tax increase on retirees.
It was his first public address after a week of silence, during which the gilets jaunes— yellow vests— protests continued to wreak havoc and mayhem on the streets of Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Dijon and Toulouse for the fourth weekend in a row. ”