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#173: The Best Articles of the Year 🏆

Today’s issue marks the end of the third year of The Highlighter. We’ve built a robust community of 5
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#173: The Best Articles of the Year 🏆
By Mark Isero • Issue #173 • View online
Today’s issue marks the end of the third year of The Highlighter. We’ve built a robust community of 500+ avid readers who care deeply about race, education, and culture. Thank you for your readership, whether this is your first issue or if you started with Issue #1. (Note: Please don’t look at Issue #1. 😬)
This year’s 50 issues featured more than 200 excellent articles on important topics by talented writers. How to choose the best ones? You know it’s a tough contest when Jia Tolentino, Michael Hobbes, Sara Mosle, and Roxane Gay don’t make it past the semifinals.
There was no magic to my process — except for tons of open browser tabs, various scribbles in my composition notebook, and many hours of re-reading and rumination. In the end, I’m really happy with the three winners. Please enjoy them! If you’re moved, kindly hit reply and share with me your thoughts.
See you in the New Year. I’m taking a couple weeks off!

HHH #8 was a big success: 30 loyal readers gathered at Room 389 in Oakland to chat about the articles. Here are Jason, Laura, Clare, Denise, Joel, and Erin proudly showing off their Highlighter merchandise. HHH #9 will be March 7. Mark your calendars!
HHH #8 was a big success: 30 loyal readers gathered at Room 389 in Oakland to chat about the articles. Here are Jason, Laura, Clare, Denise, Joel, and Erin proudly showing off their Highlighter merchandise. HHH #9 will be March 7. Mark your calendars!
The 79 Bus
The Lottery Hackers
The Theater of Forgiveness
Readers’ Choice Awards: In addition to my favorites, you chose some great articles, too. Here are the three that loyal subscribers read the most. How many of these have you read?
+ The Opportunity Myth: What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down — And How to Fix It (55 min) (#163)
+ Nothing On This Page Is Real: How Lies Become Truth In Online America (15 min) (#171)
+ How The Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco: A Profile of Willie Brown Middle School (21 min) (#150)
That’s it for 2018! (Is this really the end?) Before signing off, I’d like to thank you one more time for subscribing to my newsletter and reading it Thursday after Thursday. I value and appreciate your readership. As always, please hit reply or use the thumbs below to tell me what you thought. Also, let’s welcome this week’s 17 new subscribers: Keith, Kermit, Juliet, Justin, Patrick, Honis, Michael, Hamilton, Insta, Matt, Amber, Mathias, Joe, Don, Schatz, Chris, and J. I’m really happy you’re here.
If you value The Highlighter, please forward this issue to a friend, urge them to subscribe, or become a member. On the other hand, if you don’t love getting this newsletter, please unsubscribe. I’ll see you back here in 2019. Have a great holiday season!
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