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#98: Hoarding the American Dream

Happy Thursday, Loyal Subscribers, and welcome to The Highlighter #98! This week centers on two big q
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#98: Hoarding the American Dream
By Mark Isero • Issue #98 • View online
Happy Thursday, Loyal Subscribers, and welcome to The Highlighter #98! This week centers on two big questions: (1) What does it mean to be American? and (2) Isn’t history, particularly when it’s about quirky things, sometimes great?
Most young people no longer believe in the American Dream, and their sentiments are pretty much right on. Maybe the problem is that too many Americans are sucking up all the possible wealth and not giving the young ones a chance. Or perhaps the issue is with segregation and how our public schools get to dictate who has access to the American Dream. The effects are both systemic and personal, both out in the world as well as inside our homes.
The study of history is boring for some people, and for others, it is extremely painful. For me, reading historical pieces helps me build background knowledge so that I can avoid sounding foolish when talking to people. That’s precisely why I’ve included histories  of the U.S. Postal Service and pink doughnut boxes in today’s digest. Go out there and educate the unsuspecting masses!

Hoarding the American Dream
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My colleague Shannon knows how to get young people to love reading. Here are two of her ninth graders in San Francisco. Check out her story: j.mp/ssrworks
My colleague Shannon knows how to get young people to love reading. Here are two of her ninth graders in San Francisco. Check out her story: j.mp/ssrworks
The Lost Genius of the Post Office
Why Doughnut Boxes Are Pink
Thank you for reading this issue of The Highlighter! Hope you liked it. Let’s please welcome new subscriber Anne! Also, this is the week where I’d like you to read the digest extremely conspicuously, maybe on public transportation, and when a stranger asks you what you’re reading, stretch out your arms and loudly proclaim, “The Highlighter!” Then kindly let me know how they respond. Have a great week, and see you next Thursday at 9:10 am!
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