#123: Our Favorite Articles of 2017

Welcome to The Highlighter #123! I’m dedicating this final issue of the year to our favorite six arti
The Highlighter - Mark Isero
#123: Our Favorite Articles of 2017
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Welcome to The Highlighter #123! I’m dedicating this final issue of the year to our favorite six articles of 2017. These are pieces that received the most clicks and responses; these are pieces that are wonderfully written; these are pieces that are moving and delightful. If you can, I encourage you to (re)read all six.
One thing, though, before we get to the articles. I want to thank you, loyal subscribers, for a wonderful year. We’ve built a robust, caring reading community at The Highlighter. Some highlights:
+ Last year, there were 85 of us. Now there are 312.
+ The newsletter came out 50 Thursday mornings in a row.
+ We published more than 200 articles.
+ We rebranded as The Highlighter (#80).
+ We launched a weekly podcast (#100).
+ We got a fancy website (#112).
+ We held 3 Highlighter Happy Hours.
I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2018. Now let’s get to the articles. Please enjoy!

Our School
The First White President
MJ, who belongs to loyal subscribers Angelina and Clem, is The Highlighter’s Animal of the Year.
MJ, who belongs to loyal subscribers Angelina and Clem, is The Highlighter’s Animal of the Year.
Losing Your Mom to Deportation
The Village Where Girls Turn into Boys
Our community is made up of 312 great people. Here are two of them, loyal subscribers Aletheia and Jessica, at the inaugural Highlighter Happy Hour in Oakland.
Our community is made up of 312 great people. Here are two of them, loyal subscribers Aletheia and Jessica, at the inaugural Highlighter Happy Hour in Oakland.
Applebee's Deserves to Die
When Things Go Missing
This Week’s Podcast: Did you listen to Code Switch’s series on Ron Brown High School or read the NPR article on Ballou High School (#121), where all students graduate and get into college despite atrocious attendance? If so, this week’s podcast is for you. Educator Jamie Marantz emphasizes that educators must agree not only on the outcome they want for students but also on the road they will take to get there. Also, Jamie shared her thoughts on the silliness of the 100-point grading scale. Please listen, subscribe, tell your friends, and leave a review on iTunes!
That’s it for 2017! (I’m taking the next two weeks off.) Thank you for reading The Highlighter #123. Share your opinion below by giving this issue a thumbs-up or -down. You can also reply to this message by pressing R. Please welcome our new subscribers Daryl and Adejah! Tell your friends and family about The Highlighter by forwarding them this issue, sending them a link to subscribe, or encouraging them to check out the website! Have a wonderful two weeks, and I’ll see you again on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 9:10 am.
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