Paul Tough’s article on learning self-control through imaginary play. Benoit Denizet-Lewis’s piece on “Openarms” a non-profit in Oklahoma supporting young students wrestling with their sexual identities. And David Leonhardt’s article on the value of a college degree: does the college make the student or the student make the college?
But my favorite was Maggie Jones’s essay on the SEED School in D.C., a five day boarding school for low-income, high-potential D.C. youth. In so many ways this school lives out the core values of Breakthrough’s program: mission driven toward college readiness, high academic expectations, needs-responsive supports, intentional co-curricular programming. Reading about how the students learned to navigate two distinct worlds (one focused on college and one not) without dismissing either was a powerful testament of the deep intellectual and emotional potential of our young people.