What this essay is, at heart, is an extended hand in the name of better understanding especially as our schools are filled with so called “reluctant readers” and other struggling learners. We face an educational imperative: Why not use every effective teaching tool at our disposal? Decades of studies have shown the power of visual learning as an effective scholastic technique. We now know that comics the marriage of word and picture in a dynamic relationship that fires synapses across the brain can be a bridge to literacy and a path to learning.

The stories produced by The Economist’s data team attract a lot of readers. Some of the team’s most popular pieces include our own glass ceiling index and a daily chart about the most dangerous cities in the world. It didn’t come as a surprise that, when we asked our readers what content they wanted to see more of, they said data journalism.

Kaepernick’s goal was to get people talking, which he absolutely did because he picked the most controversial platform to do it on which he has every right as an American to do. Had he just said that he thinks there’s something wrong with our justice system in a post game press conference nobody would bat an eye. But unfortunately for him, and consequently all of us, the message has been completely skewered at this point and it’s obvious that most Americans don’t even know what his intentions ever actually were.

TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: Jurors found 20 year old Brock Turner guilty of three felonies, including sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object. At sentencing, the victim described how she came to in a hospital, bloody and bruised, and slowly learned how she’d been raped in the dirt behind a dumpster. Two strangers found her and caught Turner trying to run away.

Dog whistles: they’re not just for campaigns anymore! They’re also useful on the court and field, according to a crispy editorial by sportscaster Bryant Gumbel. In those games BG likes to follow, it’s kinda hard to ignore the ways race almost gets talked about. Definitely worth a read (or viewing, if you want to see him on HBO’s Real Sports) DePaolo, Mediaite..

IMOGEN BLAKEIf you think you’ve had a top notch piece of steak, I’d urge you to head to Smith Wollensky, and compare your feed to one of their colossal cuts. My friend and I were left silently in awe after a recent visit to the smart New York styled spot, located off the Strand. Our knifes sliced through our steaks with ease and the pink meat was dripping with flavour.

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