9 Great Reads From CNET This Week: Schools, Meta VR, Foldable Phones and More

All politics is local, as the old saying goes. The modern corollary could be that all local politics is national politics, given the power and reach of social media. That’s part of our focus this week in our Citizen Now series: We’re looking at what’s happening close to home as school boards, teachers, parents and students grapple with hot-button issues.

It’s unsettling for a lot of people. “What is frightening is that we’re now seeing national-style politics in our largest and most trusted public institution, schools,” Rebecca Jacobsen, a Michigan State professor of educational policy, told CNET’s Maggie Reardon. After a contentious board of education meeting on books in schools earlier this year, described by CNET’s Zachary McAuliffe, one student said of the aggressive behavior: “It was really eye-opening to see it in person.”

Those features are among the many in-depth features and thought-provoking commentaries that also appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don’t want to miss.

Here’s why you should be more aware of what’s going on with your children’s school boards. 

Illustration of a man in a suit and two young students holding books, along with school desks, a ruler and an American flag, all standing on a chess board with red and blue pieces


The social media giant, formerly known as Facebook, has been working on several prototype VR headsets to make virtual worlds appear more realistic. 


Rumors suggest new foldable models from Samsung, Google and Motorola are in the works.  

Sarah Tew/CNET

Some students are speaking out at local board of education meetings and in state houses, and some are filing lawsuits.

Robert Rodriguez/CNET

A deep dive into our universe’s most paradoxical and confusing, yet elegant and shatterproof theory.  

Zooey Liao

Roe v. Wade has been overturned, and police could use your location data as criminal evidence.

Angela Lang/CNET

Virtual reality is helping to unearth stories of the Black experience that have been paved over through the years.   

David Waltenbaugh

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is shaping the lives and work of European climate activists, who are asking their governments to stop financing the war through fossil fuels.

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Well, most of them anyway. 


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