The myth of merit-based admissions (The Conversation)
by Morgan Polikoff, Jerome A. Lucido, and Julie Renee Posselt
Recently revealed outrageous cheating by wealthy parents is just a particularly clear example of widespread advantages that rich, well-connected families have in the college admissions process.
The meaning of Elizabeth Holmes’s fake voice (The Cut)
by Katie Heaney
The news that Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes faked her deep voice may pale in comparison to the company’s bigger scandals, but it’s a particularly cringey piece of the picture for many of us. Why would a person intentionally change their voice? And why does it bother us so much if they do?
How Inuit families parent without anger (NPR)
by Michaeleen Doucleff
Inuit parents have one of the gentlest parenting styles on earth, rarely raising their voices to their children. Instead they use stories and help kids see the consequences of their behavior.
Should the FBI have your DNA? (Topic)
by Sarah Weinman
The use of genealogical databases has enormous potential to help identify DNA and solve crimes. It’s also expensive, and raises big ethical questions about the privacy of some of our most sensitive data.
A very American eugenicist (The Atlantic)
by Adam Serwer
We often think of white supremacy and eugenics as doctrines the U.S. fought World War II to oppose, or ideas that have power only in small pockets of the country, particularly the rural South. The reality is more complicated, as the story of early twentieth century “race science” proponent Madison Grant shows.
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