Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.
Mindful Schools

Below are the best quotes we heard from our sources today. (Follow the links to read the full stories.)

Clinton Francis, a sensory ecologist at California Polytechnic State University: “Most studies, including mine, have focused on how chronic noise sources influence birds’ abilities to communicate. This one provides really compelling evidence that it influences other aspects of their lives. Ecologists often lose sight of how important these other senses, which we don’t use quite so heavily, are to other animals.”

A clinical social worker at Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy: “At times all the roles blur—teachers, therapists, social workers. Especially in a school like this. If you don’t address the noise in a kid’s head that they bring in from the outside, I don’t care how good a teacher you are, you’re not going tohave much success.”

Joseph Luby, an attorney with the Death Penalty Litigation Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri: “As a Democrat in public office, you would lose a lot of votes by not being enthusiastically in support of the death penalty.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here.)