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Hi there, loyal readers, and thank you for opening up this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Back nearly six years ago, when I launched this newsletter, most of its articles directly related to education. After all, I’m an educator, like many of you, so it made sense. Over time, though, my reading tastes have shifted. It’s less common now that I feature pieces on schools and teachers and students. Maybe it’s the pandemic. Or maybe it’s just that I’m reading more expansively now and looking for new topics (like Hot Cheetos, see below).
But no matter where my reading takes me, there’s no way I was going to pass up this week’s lead story — an expertly reported, well-written, kind, generous article about a group of young people in Missouri who have navigated the past year of distance learning. It’s one of my favorite articles of 2021 so far, and I highly recommend it. In fact, I’ll be reaching out to the author, Susan Dominus, to see if I can persuade her to join Article Club in August so we can talk about her piece all together.
+ Not into education? No problem. This week’s other articles — about Hot Cheetos, TikTok influencers, and rent payment grace periods — are worth your reading time and energy, too. Please enjoy!
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“I Feel Like I’m Just Drowning”
The Fiery Debate Over Hot Cheetos
I met Derek, a curious student in San Francisco, a few years ago, when he was in ninth grade. Now he’s graduating. It’s been a challenging year for him. But a few months ago, good news arrived, in the form of an email. (3 min)
I met Derek, a curious student in San Francisco, a few years ago, when he was in ninth grade. Now he’s graduating. It’s been a challenging year for him. But a few months ago, good news arrived, in the form of an email. (3 min)
Educating The TikTok Generation
The Battle For 1042: Landlords And Tenants Struggle With The Pandemic
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