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#105: The Village Where Girls Turn Into Boys

The Highlighter
Hello and welcome to The Highlighter #105! Today’s issue is titled, The Revenge of The New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly. No matter how much I try to avoid highlighting articles from these esteemed publications — preferring rather to feature pieces from a wide variety of sources — they just keep churning out excellent stuff that warrants our attention.
First up is a poignant and informative article about growing up intersex in the Dominican Republic — my pick of the week. After that there are two articles — one about cell phones, the other about the diet industry — that offer a clear-eyed appraisal of our society today. Then please enjoy a photo break. You all deserve it! Rounding out today’s issue are two articles for teachers and others who care about education. Please enjoy!

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age
Hope, the daughter of loyal subscriber Anne, snuggles with her doggy companion, Tucker.
Hope, the daughter of loyal subscriber Anne, snuggles with her doggy companion, Tucker.
Why Kids Can’t Write
Cal State will no longer require placement exams and remedial classes for freshmen
Podcast Update: I loved this week’s episode with loyal subscriber Angelina! A data guru, Angelina did not disappoint. She grabbed hold of a bar graph in last week’s article on homeless youth in Seattle and didn’t let go! It was wonderful to hear Angelina’s voice about how using data in education is a way for us to get closer, not farther away, from our work with students. If you like the podcast, share it with your friends and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play. Also, if you want to be a guest on the show, by all means, sign yourself up! I’d be happy to have you.
You’ve reached the end of this week’s edition. Aren’t you sad? Try not to be. Instead, tell your friends about The Highlighter! Also, let’s please welcome new subscribers Jetta, Erica, Scott, and Gia. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you back here next Thursday at 9:10 am with another set of great articles.
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Mark Isero
Mark Isero @iserotope

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