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Feb 26Liked by Will Leitch

Wow, just wow. This is the best thing I've ever read! It is real and it is now for the people. I shed a tear for what those kids have suffered yet I felt a hopeful pride that they can fix the world. I shared your thoughts about rich kids (I expected tales of doing cocaine in the bathrooms!) but I got so much more. I saw two typos but I had such watery eyes from a story so powerful I didn't care. I too wanted to make the world a better place and I failed, I feel shame in that. I hope these kids succeed, they are our last best hope.

You made me chuckle at the Presidents effect: I was depressed when Obama was elected because he was the first President to be older than me! Other people feel this too? Good music from your weekly recommendation. I give you one back: Kingston Wall, out of Finland. Been around since the 1980's, still touring. I suffered a crime this week, I really needed to read this.

Guess I better write you that letter.. Thank you Will.

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This is the best thing I have read on the internet in a long time.

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Both our kids are basically adults now (one's about to graduate from college; the other's a freshman); and my wife has been teaching college kids here since 1999. I've spent a lot of time around the younger generations and I've always been impressed by them. The way they get talked about by pundits and comedians -- and, to be fair, the way they represent themselves sometimes on social media -- does not square up with my firsthand experience of how tough, how thoughtful, how resourceful and how creative they are.

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Thank you so much for this. I’m an educator and run a network of educators and you’ve captured the young people we see across the country and from all sorts of situations, not just privileged ones. There’s so much here that in general folks don’t understand, particularly the weight these young people carry and face. They are up to the task, but we don’t make it easy for them. The arguments about book bans, restrictions on courses and divisive topics, and the incessant talking about them and their feelings as if they’re not in the room parens particularly the room of social media) all the time it’s just silly when you see who they really are and what they really worry about.

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Great post, but not sure why it's titled "Jordan Walker."

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