Mark Isero

Editor of The Highlighter newsletter and podcast, Founder of the Kindle Classroom Project.

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Mark Isero

69 days ago

When we order the items on Amazon or Google Express, are we contributing to the destruction of the economy?

The Gig Economy's Great Delusion

Mark Isero

269 days ago

Bryan Stevenson argues that American history has taught police officers and all of us to presume that African Americans are dangerous and guilty. When police officers kill Black people, it is lynching all over again.

A Presumption of Guilt

Mark Isero

283 days ago

This happens all the time in the Bay Area, especially when parents send their kids to private schools.

Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich

Mark Isero

313 days ago

Totally great writing about being a parent of a newborn while trying to take the advice of parenting books.

My Bad Parenting Advice Addiction

Mark Isero

315 days ago

Excellent article about how the American dream of owning a home is fraught with problems, including our inability to have empathy for others.

How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality

Mark Isero

327 days ago

Fantastic article about a trauma surgeon and her life's work to save people from gun violence in Philadelphia.

What Bullets Do to Bodies

Mark Isero

368 days ago

This is great.

Sorry for the Delayed Response

Mark Isero

396 days ago

This is a great history of 4chan, and Anonymous, and Gamergate, and memes, and the Internet, and how a group of young men living in their mothers' basements took a liking to Donald Trump, as a loser who won.

4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump

Mark Isero

403 days ago

After teenagers in Virginia pleaded guilty to vandalizing an historic black schoolhouse, the judge sentenced them to read 12 books geared to build their background knowledge on African American history, the Holocaust, and the history of discrimination. My first two reactions: (1) It's great to treat this as a learning opportunity, (2) Reading for punishment isn't great. At least the reading list involves choice!

Teenagers Who Vandalized Historic Black Schoolhouse Are Ordered to Read Books

Mark Isero

411 days ago

Great essay on how the word humbled has lost its meaning.

Calling Yourself ‘Humbled’ Doesn’t Sound as Humble as It Used To

Mark Isero

416 days ago

The best article on education that I've read in a very long time.

Our School

Mark Isero

417 days ago

Wow, Dr. Atul Gawande knows how to write. In this piece, in which he argues that we should put more resources into primary care physicians (i.e., incremental care), Dr. Gawande brings up his own decision to become a surgeon, his son’s chronic heart condition, and how humans shouldn’t be like bridges.

The Heroism of Incremental Care

Mark Isero

538 days ago

After 2000 (hanging chads), tons of money went into voting machines, and since then, there have been major problems with miscounts. This story is about Memphis and its voting machines’ decade-long tendency to undercount African American votes.

The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete

Mark Isero

555 days ago

Instead of focusing on punishment, which drives young people away, schools should adopt restorative justice, which promotes truth and reconciliation, and therefore, hope.

An Effective but Exhausting Alternative to High-School Suspensions

Mark Isero

573 days ago

This is clear and to the point - for white people who need a primer.

The Real Reason White People Say 'All Lives Matter'

Mark Isero

583 days ago

Bryan Stevenson is the best. So is Jeffrey Toobin.

The Legacy of Lynching, on Death Row

Mark Isero

650 days ago

Again, Nikole Hannah-Jones. This time, she takes on school segregation in New York.

Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City

Mark Isero

665 days ago

Wow. This is the best article I’ve read about the current generation of college students.

The Big Uneasy

Mark Isero

666 days ago

Disturbing — and a must-read. What should happen to remember and to heal from a lynching?

The Waco Horror

Mark Isero

666 days ago

Paul Tough knows how to write about education. If you care about urban schooling, read this article. It’ll quickly get you up to speed on grit, mindset, ACEs, intrinsic motivation, and deeper learning.

How Kids Learn Resilience

Mark Isero

720 days ago

This is not the way to promote reading.

In San Jose, Poor Find Doors to Library Closed

Mark Isero

792 days ago

This reading program allows students to keep their Kindles if they demonstrate reading growth.

Where are they now? Daniel Billing getting hundreds of Indigenous kids reading

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