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#211: In School, On The Street

Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and thank you for opening today’s issue of The Highlighter. For the se
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#211: In School, On The Street
By Mark Isero • Issue #211 • View online
Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and thank you for opening today’s issue of The Highlighter. For the second week in a row, this week’s edition includes three articles on education, back to back to back. The first two explore the challenges (financial and otherwise) that college students face. If you live in the Bay Area, I recommend the lead article. If you went to a fancy college (or consider yourself elite in general), also check out the second piece. Then, after taking a photo break, dive into a well-written critique on education reforms that do not consider the context of local communities.
If you’re taking a break from education and in the mood for beautiful writing, please consider the last article, though only if you’re ready to read something sad. Please enjoy!
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In School, On the Street
I Was a Low-Income College Student. Classes Weren’t the Hard Part.
Loyal reader Dan(tastic) is ecstatic that he is the proud owner of a limited-edition Highlighter tote bag (now out of stock). There’s a rumor that T-shirts are coming soon! highlighter.cc/store
Loyal reader Dan(tastic) is ecstatic that he is the proud owner of a limited-edition Highlighter tote bag (now out of stock). There’s a rumor that T-shirts are coming soon! highlighter.cc/store
It’s Not One-Size-Fits-All: The Afterlife of Big Ideas in Education Reform
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+ Reader Annotations: Loyal reader Phillip, a big fan of donuts and the newsletter, expressed his dismay about last week’s lead article: “I was ready to like the donut article, having spent my first seven years teaching in LA! The intro was so inaccurate and stereotypical, it was maddening. I found myself distrustful of the article moving forward and didn’t finish it.” Thank you for the feedback, Phillip — I’ll be sure to include better donut-related articles in the future!
Loyal reader Kati shared these thoughts on the recent Clarence Thomas profile (#209):
I felt a palpable pain in reading this, imagining how an incredibly intelligent young boy experienced what he did, and grew too weary of it. I disagree with a lot of his beliefs, but can absolutely see how his experiences have colored his own truths. I am not entirely sure (would have to read more about his decisions on the court) if his seat on the Supreme Court has been used to help advance equal rights for all. He seems (based on this article) to have a very defeatist view of our society in general, and I can’t say I blame him for that opinion.
Thank you, Phillip and Kati, for your annotations. Loyal readers, please feel free to keep the conversation going. All you need to do is hit reply and tell me what you think.
Did you find any articles that sparked your interest? Hope so. Thank you for reading this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Use the thumbs below to tell me what you thought. Or hit reply and send me a quick message. Also, let’s please welcome our three new subscribers Anelisiwe, Gillian, and Shay. Hope the newsletter is a good match for you! If you like The Highlighter, please help it grow and get better. I appreciate your support. Here are a few ways you can help:
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