Hello and welcome
to The Highlighter #100! This is a major milestone. For most of my life, I’ve been the slow-and-steady type. Instead of meeting goals quickly, they’ve developed over time. Run a marathon? Yes, it’s happened, but only after a year of running around the lake. Play the piano? Did that for 10 years, and then played my first full-length recital. The Kindle Classroom Project? It’s almost six years old and just getting started. The Highlighter
is very similar: I haven’t missed a week in more than a year, and it’s building, and though I still don’t quite know where it’s going, it’s a good thing regardless. Thank you for being loyal subscribers, for opening up and reading the digest week after week, and for following this endeavor on its way to becoming absolutely gigantic.
This week’s articles are eclectic — even more than usual. The first piece is an essay by an accomplished teacher, who argues that our country’s educational system will not improve until white people stop segregating themselves from public schools. The second piece is an alarming and unsettling account of Boko Haram’s kidnapping and brainwashing of four boys in Nigeria. Then there’s the photo break, after which please enjoy two engrossing pieces about things you likely know nothing about: the impending extinction of Florida oranges and the hurtful impact of Empty Nose Syndrome.
One last thing
: The Highlighter is expanding and becoming a (very short, very listenable) podcast! Every week (or month, or however often it comes out), I’ll interview a loyal subscriber, and we’ll chat about their favorite article from that week’s edition. Please check out my 1-minute trailer
. (Yes, it’s just me talking.) Let me know what you think and if you’d like to be on the show (which will be on iTunes soon).