+ Reader Annotations
: Issue #200
elicited many kind words
from loyal readers, including Beth
, who wrote, “Thank you for your work, warmth, and unwavering will to include others in the written word” (I appreciate the alliteration), and Kati
, who wrote, “If it’s Thursday morning, it’s Highlighter time! I look forward to The Highlighter’s thoughtfully curated articles that encourage me to think about an issue from another perspective, or learn about an issue I was woefully uninformed about.” Thank you!
Also, let’s hear it for loyal reader Nicki
, who consistently offers thoughtful responses to her favorite articles. Here’s what she shared about “The New White Flight
), which focused on the proliferation of white charter schools:
As someone who only has experience working with charter schools and strongly believes in school choice, the article challenged some of the beliefs. For one, I did not realize that white charter school enclaves existed and how white parents may be using the concept of school choice to further segregate their children from students of color. Second, while I still believe that parents and students of color should have school choice, maybe what I really mean is that families and students of color have a right to quality school options. What the article affirmed for me is that I do agree that heterogeneous schools are better for everyone — students who identify as white and those who identify as people of color alike. Diversity, I think, is one way people develop empathy for each other despite lines of difference; this is more likely to happen when we have schools that are diverse and less hyper-segregated (whether through indirect or direct choice).