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#202: Choosing A School For Raffi

Over the years, friends (and sometimes strangers) have asked me where they should send their kids to
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#202: Choosing A School For Raffi
By Mark Isero • Issue #202 • View online
Over the years, friends (and sometimes strangers) have asked me where they should send their kids to school. I’m not sure why they ask me. Maybe it’s because I work in education? It’s an awkward question. My tendency is not to offer direct advice, even though my opinions are strong on this topic. After all, they already know where I stand. Plus, I don’t have kids. And besides, we need to make our own decisions and be prepared to stand by them. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop me from recommending excellent articles on the topic, like this week’s lead piece, which I urge you to read.
+ I can’t tell you what happened at Pop-Up Article Club last Saturday (including who was there and what we read) because the event remains anonymous and mysterious. But I can reveal that it was great, as usual, and that you should sign up for a chance to attend the next one on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2-4 pm.
+ Possible new feature: Who says it’s a good idea for me to highlight and annotate an article from a physical newspaper or magazine? (I do. Maybe you, too?) Here’s this week’s close read.

Choosing A School For Raffi
What Led An Angry Disabled Kid To Create A Dark Corner Of The Internet
Lily, who belongs to loyal readers Genna and Kiera, enjoys fetching her favorite ball (not pictured), time and time again. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
Lily, who belongs to loyal readers Genna and Kiera, enjoys fetching her favorite ball (not pictured), time and time again. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
An Epidemic of Disbelief
The California Coast Is Disappearing. The Only Answer Is To Leave The Shore.
+ Reader Annotations: Loyal reader Beth read all four articles this week and wrote, “It was great to see Tony’s face. Glad I had read the article about incels earlier this summer to understand the reference in the Paris Review article. The NYT article on busing was incredibly detailed and important. Thanks for reading a 336-page book; I don’t have time for that right now. And the racism in Maryland: I can barely fathom.” Go ahead: Be like Beth, read all four articles this week, and let me know what you think!
Loyal reader Nicki shared these thoughts on “The Making of a YouTube Radical, from Issue #197:
I felt like I was reading the plot of a Black Mirror episode about artificial intelligence — how it is being used to both make predictions about human video-watching habits as well as to shift people’s views on topics. This sounds dangerous to me! Is anyone else worried about it this as much as I am?
Thank you, Beth and Nicki, for giving back to The Highlighter reading community and getting your ideas out there. Let’s keep the conversation going!
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