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

“I asked 30 reef scientists to give me their life’s work, and if you’ve ever met a scientist, you know that can be like pulling teeth. But my dad’s a dentist, so I’m okay with that,” Joshua Cinner, who studies how humans affect coral reefs.

“My task is not to teach my students to read—I don’t have time—so that’s not what we’re doing. I don’t care that he can’t read. Today … I’m showing them how to set up their checking accounts,” Jamin Hollingsworth, who teaches at a vocational school for students with disabilities.

“What we’re doing is making driver’s licensing about whether you can pay a fine based on middle-class incomes, not because of how well you drive,” Nichole Yunk-Todd on license suspensions in Wisconsin.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)