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#126: Little America 🇺🇸

Welcome to The Highlighter #126! I am very happy that you’re here. There’s a ton in today’s issue: immigration, adulting, preschool, segregation, identity, and microaggressions. Because you deserve the best, this week you get a photo essay, two articles, a cartoonxplainer, two podcast episodes, one pet photo, and an announcement of an exclusive new event. Please enjoy!


Little America
Little Americaepicmagazine.com

Let’s begin this issue with joy and light. Epic Magazine presents a deeply personal photo essay examining the rich and complex stories of immigrants across America. These accounts will counterbalance the vitriol currently spewing from our country’s leaders. Teachers, consider using these in your classrooms. My favorite: Reyna Pacheco. Who is yours? Share your thoughts at The Highlighter Forum⏳⏳

Queer Time: Alternative to “Adulting”
Queer Time: Alternative to “Adulting”daily.jstor.org

The Olds claim that Millennials should grow up (#124). But many people in their 20s and 30s think adulting is passé. After all, who cares about graduating from college, getting a job, getting married, and having a kid? This article by Sara Joffe explores how queer people have questioned traditional rites of passage and have forged an alternative life timeline. In particular, Ms. Joffe’s discussion of queer literature suggests a conception of “queer time” as nonlinear and expansive. ⏳

Mimi, who belongs to loyal subscriber Greg, fully understands her grace and charm.

Preschool Is Important. So Why Are Preschool Teachers Paid the Least?
Preschool Is Important. So Why Are Preschool Teachers Paid the Least?www.nytimes.com

If you’re concerned about equity in education, this excellent article on preschool will leave you batty. We know that a child’s first five years are crucial — 80 percent of neural connections form by age 3 — but preschool teachers on average make $10 an hour. Head Start serves only one-third of eligible children, and the best preschools cost $45,000 a year. Welcome to America. (Preschool parents: You already understand this pain.) ⏳⏳

The Long-Lasting Negative Effects of Living in a Poor Neighborhood
The Long-Lasting Negative Effects of Living in a Poor Neighborhoodwww.vox.com

Alvin Chang (#125) is back with another cartoonxplainer about race and poverty — this time focusing on the long-term effects of where we live. If you don’t have time to read The Color of Law (#124), this combination of cartoons, graphs, and expert testimony offers a compelling case against segregation. If you like Mr. Chang, he’ll be on The Highlighter Podcast this weekend! Subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. ⏳

Huge thanks to loyal subscriber Jessica, who hosted the inaugural Choc Talk on Monday. An intimate group read and highlighted articles, sipped hot chocolate and ate cookies, and participated in deep conversation. It was a big success. If you’re interested in hosting or attending this exclusive event, please let me know! The next one’s in March.

Anne-otations: The Nancy Podcast, “Return to Ring of Keys”
Anne-otations: The Nancy Podcast, “Return to Ring of Keys”www.wnycstudios.org

From Anne: As a teenager, I had no shortage of women who I could connect and identify with. Jennifer Harington was beautiful without the pound of makeup Southern women often wore. Andrea Sterk was a smart professor of history who believed in God. As a queer teen, Sarah Lu only had Maura, a woman at the general store her family went to once a year on vacation. Join Sarah and Maura as they meet again for the first time as adults. As a teen, did you feel different? Do you remember the adult whose example gave glimpses of the adult you hoped to become? Join us at The Highlighter Forum to share your story. ⏳ 

Podcast #25: Teacher Anne Nyffeler
Podcast #25: Teacher Anne Nyffelerwww.highlighter.cc

Lucky you: You get a double dose of Anne Nyffeler this week! Anne came on the show to launch her new feature, Anne-otations, and to discuss last week’s selection, You Had Me At Black. We also talked about microaggressions in the classroom and what it means to be a white teacher who is “still learning,” but maybe not fast enough. Listen here. Better yet, subscribe here! ⏳⏳

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Also, please welcome our 17 new subscribers: Matt, Amy, Javier, Deanna, Tibor, Rachel, Val, Allie, Jacob, Susan, Jane, Colleen, Buddy, Christy, Denise, Paige, and Courtney. The Highlighter community is growing and becoming more robust!

Please get the word out: Forward this email to a friend and tell them why this newsletter is essential. On the other hand, if you find this newsletter entirely inessential (it’s not for everybody!), feel free to unsubscribe. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you again next Thursday at 9:10 am.

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#26 Alvin Chang, Vox reporter

Podcast Alvin Chang is senior graphics reporter at Vox and the author of the lead piece in The Highlighter #125, which focused on school resegregation. Mr. Chang creates explainers that include data, cartoons, and history. He believes that our society’s most challenging problems emerge from the everyday decisions that we make. On the show, Mr. Chang and I talk about how he got into data journalism, how he approached this piece, and what his response is to people who say that integration is not the right solution to our challenges in education. http://j.mp/2x8G8PC

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#126: Little America 🇺🇸

Welcome to The Highlighter #126! I am very happy that you’re here. There’s a ton in today’s issue: immigration, adulting, preschool, segregation, identity, and microaggressions. Because you deserve the best, this week you get a photo essay, two articles, a cartoonxplainer, two podcast episodes, one pet photo, and an announcement of an exclusive new event. Please enjoy!


Little America
Little Americaepicmagazine.com

Let’s begin this issue with joy and light. Epic Magazine presents a deeply personal photo essay examining the rich and complex stories of immigrants across America. These accounts will counterbalance the vitriol currently spewing from our country’s leaders. Teachers, consider using these in your classrooms. My favorite: Reyna Pacheco. Who is yours? Share your thoughts at The Highlighter Forum⏳⏳

Queer Time: Alternative to “Adulting”
Queer Time: Alternative to “Adulting”daily.jstor.org

The Olds claim that Millennials should grow up (#124). But many people in their 20s and 30s think adulting is passé. After all, who cares about graduating from college, getting a job, getting married, and having a kid? This article by Sara Joffe explores how queer people have questioned traditional rites of passage and have forged an alternative life timeline. In particular, Ms. Joffe’s discussion of queer literature suggests a conception of “queer time” as nonlinear and expansive. ⏳

Mimi, who belongs to loyal subscriber Greg, fully understands her grace and charm.

Preschool Is Important. So Why Are Preschool Teachers Paid the Least?
Preschool Is Important. So Why Are Preschool Teachers Paid the Least?www.nytimes.com

If you’re concerned about equity in education, this excellent article on preschool will leave you batty. We know that a child’s first five years are crucial — 80 percent of neural connections form by age 3 — but preschool teachers on average make $10 an hour. Head Start serves only one-third of eligible children, and the best preschools cost $45,000 a year. Welcome to America. (Preschool parents: You already understand this pain.) ⏳⏳

The Long-Lasting Negative Effects of Living in a Poor Neighborhood
The Long-Lasting Negative Effects of Living in a Poor Neighborhoodwww.vox.com

Alvin Chang (#125) is back with another cartoonxplainer about race and poverty — this time focusing on the long-term effects of where we live. If you don’t have time to read The Color of Law (#124), this combination of cartoons, graphs, and expert testimony offers a compelling case against segregation. If you like Mr. Chang, he’ll be on The Highlighter Podcast this weekend! Subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. ⏳

Huge thanks to loyal subscriber Jessica, who hosted the inaugural Choc Talk on Monday. An intimate group read and highlighted articles, sipped hot chocolate and ate cookies, and participated in deep conversation. It was a big success. If you’re interested in hosting or attending this exclusive event, please let me know! The next one’s in March.

Anne-otations: The Nancy Podcast, “Return to Ring of Keys”
Anne-otations: The Nancy Podcast, “Return to Ring of Keys”www.wnycstudios.org

From Anne: As a teenager, I had no shortage of women who I could connect and identify with. Jennifer Harington was beautiful without the pound of makeup Southern women often wore. Andrea Sterk was a smart professor of history who believed in God. As a queer teen, Sarah Lu only had Maura, a woman at the general store her family went to once a year on vacation. Join Sarah and Maura as they meet again for the first time as adults. As a teen, did you feel different? Do you remember the adult whose example gave glimpses of the adult you hoped to become? Join us at The Highlighter Forum to share your story. ⏳ 

Podcast #25: Teacher Anne Nyffeler
Podcast #25: Teacher Anne Nyffelerwww.highlighter.cc

Lucky you: You get a double dose of Anne Nyffeler this week! Anne came on the show to launch her new feature, Anne-otations, and to discuss last week’s selection, You Had Me At Black. We also talked about microaggressions in the classroom and what it means to be a white teacher who is “still learning,” but maybe not fast enough. Listen here. Better yet, subscribe here! ⏳⏳

Have I mentioned that I appreciate that you read The Highlighter? Thank you for reading today’s issue. I’d love to hear what you think. You can share your thoughts by replying to this email or by clicking on one of the thumbs below.

Also, please welcome our 17 new subscribers: Matt, Amy, Javier, Deanna, Tibor, Rachel, Val, Allie, Jacob, Susan, Jane, Colleen, Buddy, Christy, Denise, Paige, and Courtney. The Highlighter community is growing and becoming more robust!

Please get the word out: Forward this email to a friend and tell them why this newsletter is essential. On the other hand, if you find this newsletter entirely inessential (it’s not for everybody!), feel free to unsubscribe. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you again next Thursday at 9:10 am.

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#25: Teacher Anne Nyffeler

Podcast Anne Nyffeler is a great teacher and instructional coach in San Francisco and is the editor of Anne-otations, The Highlighter’s new feature! Each week, Anne will select one excellent podcast episode to share. This week, it’s “You Had Me at Black.” We talk about microaggressions and how white teachers can lessen the violence that many students of color face in the classroom. Please listen and let us know what you think! http://j.mp/2x8G8PC

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#25: Teacher Anne Nyffeler

Podcast Teacher Anne Nyffeler is on the show to unveil Anne-otations, The Highlighter’s new feature! Every week, Anne will select one excellent podcast episode for you to listen to and comment on. Anne’s first recommendation is “You Had Me at Black,” in which an African American college students recounts a story of microaggression in the classroom. Anne and I share our own teaching experiences and consider how to mitigate the violence of microaggressions. Please listen and let us know what you think! http://j.mp/2x8G8PC

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#125: School Resegregation Explained

Hi there, loyal subscribers: It’s time for The Highlighter #125! I’d like to welcome our 40 new subscribers to the newsletter. I hope you feel at home and like what you read here!

For those of you who like numbers, this issue is filled with twos! You get two articles on school desegregation, two articles on health, and two great podcast episodes. As a bonus, you get two fabulous photos, too. Please enjoy!


School Resegregation Explained
School Resegregation Explainedwww.vox.com

More than 60 years after Brown v. Board, schools are re-segregating. Some people argue that this phenomenon is a result of de facto residential segregation. If we live apart, how can our children go to school together? This brilliant interactive feature refutes that position. Alvin Chang explains how many school districts are gerrymandering attendance zones to exacerbate segregation. Mr. Chang adds to Richard Rothstein’s thesis in The Color of Law (#124), which asserts that there is no such thing as de facto segregation. Through law, we have made it so. What’s your reaction? Share your thoughts on The Highlighter Forum! ⏳⏳

Whites Say They Want School Desegregation (But Only a Little Bit)
Whites Say They Want School Desegregation (But Only a Little Bit)www.theatlantic.com

MacArthur Genius (and my favorite education reporter) Nikole Hannah-Jones (#18, #22, #46, #47, #65, #82, #115) is writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With. Until it gets published, please read this interview. “We have a system where white people control the outcomes, and the outcome that most white Americans want is segregation,” she says. “White communities want neighborhood schools if their neighborhood school is white. If their neighborhood school is black, they want choice.” ⏳⏳

Tuba, who belongs to loyal subscriber Sele, loves The Highlighter.

A Dying Town: The Health Effects of a Poor Education

Kennett, Missouri is the hometown of Sheryl Crow (“All I Wanna Do”) and 10,564 “other great people.” Unfortunately, most of these great people do not have college degrees. This article explores the link between educational attainment and health outcomes. The graphs are not forgiving, and neither are the stories of residents Annie Walters and Jim Anderson. If you live in Kennett, you die seven years earlier than the average American. ⏳⏳

Why We Fell For Clean Eating
Why We Fell For Clean Eatingwww.theguardian.com

It’s the New Year. How’s your diet? Are you doing the Whole30? The DASH, or maybe the Flexitarian? This article debunks our obsession with clean eating and warns against orthorexia nervosa. “Clean eating,” author Bee Wilson argues, “confirms how vulnerable and lost millions of us feel about diet — which really means how lost we feel about our own bodies.” Maybe my diet, The Intermittent Cookie, isn’t so bad after all. ⏳⏳

Here’s New Subscriber Contest champion Abby P sipping from her grand prize. “I’d like to thank everyone who subscribed and made this mug possible,” Abby says. “This mug makes any drink taste like victory and equity.”

Anne-otations: You’re Still Learning, And I’m Supposed To Be OK With That?
Anne-otations: You’re Still Learning, And I’m Supposed To Be OK With That?youhadmeatblack.simplecast.fm

Most American teachers are white, while nearly half of the American student body are students of color. A recent poll shows that this is detrimental for students of color. Listen to Bria’s story, an example of white microaggression from the classroom. This cringe-worthy episode is for anyone, but especially white educators, as a reminder that “still learning” how to teach students of color isn’t good enough. I would love to hear from you about teacher training, microaggression, or teachers from your past. Share your thoughts on The Highlighter Forum. And as always, email me at annenyffeler@gmail.com with a podcast recommendation! ⏳

Podcast: School Leader Omar Bryan
Podcast: School Leader Omar Bryanwww.highlighter.cc

Artist, art teacher, and school leader Omar Bryan is this week’s guest on The Highlighter Podcast. Omar builds strong relationships with his students by being fully present and listening. On the show, Omar talks about how his art background has informed his approach to inspiring young people to express themselves and to access their agency. He also has strong opinions about last week’s lead article, “Millennials Are Screwed.” Please listen, subscribe, and rate the podcast on iTunes! ⏳⏳

That’s it for this week! Thank you for reading today’s issue. I’d love to hear what you think. You can share your thoughts by replying to this email or by clicking on one of the thumbs below.

Also, please welcome our 40 new subscribers: Jackson, Whitney, Payton, Elizabeth, Joanne, JoLynn, Amparo, Leslie, Wendi, Matt, Soliz, Lesley, Tina, Amy, Mike, Sean, Daniel, Kyle, Lori, Caitlin, David, Molly, Jonathan, Carol, Tom, Edith, Sophie, Meredith, Donna, Chris, Brianna, Diana, Ayako, Micha, Taryn, and five others whose names are anonymous.

If you like The Highlighter, please get the word out: Forward this email to a friend and tell them why this newsletter is indispensable. On the other hand, if you find this newsletter entirely dispensable (it’s not for everybody!), feel free to unsubscribeHave a wonderful week, and I’ll see you again next Thursday at 9:10 am.

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#24: School Leader Omar Bryan

Podcast Omar Bryan is a talented artist, art teacher, and school leader in the Bay Area. He’s also a big champion of The Highlighter! On the show, we talk about how he got into education and how he applies his art background in building relationships with students. We also had a chance to chat about this week’s lead article, “Millennials Are Screwed,” by Michael Hobbes. Please take a listen! http://j.mp/2x8G8PC

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#124: Millennials Are Screwed

Hi there and Happy New Year! Did you miss The Highlighter? I hope you had a restful and rejuvenating break. Welcome everyone — all 322 of you (plus 11 new subscribers!) — to 2018. Today’s issue includes four great articles and one fine podcast. Read about the economic plight of millennials, the high death rate of Black mothers, the fall of a Black church, the promise of weight loss surgery, and the importance of living with the end in mind.

Also: I’m happy to announce two new features! The first is a greater focus on the lead article, including an invitation to share your thoughts in an online forum. Please do! (Think of it as an article club — just you and your 321 Highlighter friends.) The second is Anne-otations, in which my friend and loyal subscriber Anne Nyffeler will choose an outstanding podcast episode for your listening pleasure. Please enjoy!


Millennials Are Screwed
Millennials Are Screwedhighline.huffingtonpost.com

Baby boomers and Generation Xers often like to joke about millennials — how they’re lazy and entitled and need to order less avocado toast at fancy cafés. But this excellent article by Michael Hobbes (#83) explains the economic plight of millennials, making clear how out of reach financial stability, home ownership, and retirement security are to adults in their 20s and 30s. Click here (or on the thought bubble below) to share your thoughts in The Highlighter Article Club. ⏳⏳⏳

I recommend The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein, which I finally got to read last week. The subtitle says it all. If you live in the Bay Area and want to learn more, click on the cover for an event in Richmond on Jan. 20.

Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy
Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancywww.propublica.org

Last year, Zoë Carpenter (#108, Podcast #9) asked why so many Black infants die in the United States. Nina Martin and Renee Montagne continue the conversation, asking why so many Black women die in pregnancy. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or highly educated. If you’re an African American woman, the health care system sees you as lesser. As a result, you are three times more likely than a white woman to die while giving birth. Reading about the life and death of Shalon Irving will make the grim statistics even more heartbreaking.  ⏳⏳

Gentrification and the Destruction of a Black Church in San Francisco
Gentrification and the Destruction of a Black Church in San Franciscothegroundtruthproject.org

Since its founding in 1852, Third Baptist Church in the Fillmore District of San Francisco has served as a home for salvation and civil rights for African Americans. As gentrification has forced residents out of the neighborhood, the congregation has plummeted to just 600 members. This multimedia (text, audio, video) report captures the struggle of churchgoers and their hope that recent landmark status will preserve their beloved institution. 

Eleanor Roosevelt (aka Rosie), who belongs to loyal subscriber Tess, knows she’s not supposed to be under the covers.

Diet and Exercise Don’t Work. To Lose Weight, Surgery is the Best Option.
Diet and Exercise Don’t Work. To Lose Weight, Surgery is the Best Option.www.vox.com

After a season of cookies, cakes, candies, and pies, January is the time for resolutions involving weight loss. But bariatric surgery turns out to be the best treatment for obesity. Why do so few people — just 1 percent of eligible patients — get the procedure? And why is surgery even rarer among teenagers? Read what happened to 18-year-old Jewel Francis-Aburime, who weighed 394 pounds before doctors removed 80 percent of her stomach, and maybe there’s your answer. (If surgery’s not your thing, try a weight loss cruise instead.) ⏳⏳

New Feature! Anne-otations:
For All You Podcast Lovers Out There
New Feature! Anne-otations:
For All You Podcast Lovers Out There
www.highlighter.cc

Though The Highlighter focuses on the best articles on race, education and culture, loyal subscribers have demanded more audio content. (The Highlighter Podcast just isn’t enough.) “I can’t read while driving!” you’ve grumbled. Don’t you fret. I’ve got the solution: Anne-otations! Beginning today, my good friend and loyal subscriber Anne Nyffeler will scour the podcast world and bring you the best morsel of audio out there for your listening pleasure. Anne fits in hours of podcasts in between being a mom, student, teacher, reader, and biker. You’ll enjoy her first recommendation: an interview of Dr. Atul Gawande (#22, #78) on Krista Tippett’s On Being. Click on the title above for Anne’s review, and let me know what you think!

You’re back in The Highlighter groove! Thank you for reading today’s issue. Share your thoughts below by giving this issue a thumbs-up or -down. Also, please welcome our 11 new subscribers: Raymond, Esmeralda, Alexandra, Darryl, Lara, Miranda, Ziba, Lois, Steve, Daryl, and Corina! Tell your friends and family about The Highlighter by forwarding them this issue or sending them this link to subscribe. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you again next Thursday at 9:10 am.