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#194: College Admissions Anxiety

You’re in luck, loyal readers: You’ve opened a great issue of The Highlighter (if I do say so myself)
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#194: College Admissions Anxiety
By Mark Isero • Issue #194 • View online
You’re in luck, loyal readers: You’ve opened a great issue of The Highlighter (if I do say so myself). I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. This week’s lead article focuses on the crazy college admissions process and the great lengths that parents go to in order to help their kids gain an upper hand. The other articles — on white fragility, the search for enlightenment via religion and drugs, and gentrification — are pretty solid, too. Please enjoy!
Highlighter Happy Hour #10 is coming soon! Get your free ticket now to secure your spot at this esteemed gathering. Join 50+ loyal readers on Thursday, June 6, beginning at 5:30 pm, over at our usual spot, Room 389 in Oakland. I’m looking forward to seeing you there to celebrate that summer’s almost here! Want more details?
One last thing: I want to thank all of you again for your support and readership. The last 3+ years, the goal of The Highlighter has been to share with you the best articles on race, education, and culture. But together, we’ve built something more than that — a reading community, an article club, where we talk about the articles, and we listen to each other, and we connect and expand our knowledge across difference. Thank you!

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Stanley, who belongs to loyal reader Denise, enjoys the sturdiness of a robust park bench. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy
Spotlight: The Best Articles on Gentrification, Its Causes And Effects
+ Reader Annotations: Loyal readers Abby and Victoria loved Al Letson’s interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones. Victoria wrote:
Super agree with that choice of the interview between Al Letson and Nikole Hannah-Jones. One of my favorite podcast episodes of the last few months, maybe longer. Love her!
After listening to the interview, loyal reader Dave took the plunge and read Ms. Hannah-Jones’s stunning article, “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City.” He wrote:
This sentence landed like a ton of bricks. “Part of what makes those schools desirable to white parents, aside from the academics, is that they have some students of color, but not too many.”
Abby, Victoria, and Dave, I appreciate that you share my enthusiasm for NHJ. Maybe we should invite her to HHH #10? Also, thank you for writing me your thoughts. It makes me happy that you’re enjoying the newsletter and building The Highlighter community.
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