Let’s start the week with another example of great writing about education (among other things). The latest example isn’t traditional journalistic reporting but rather a long personal essay, “Everything is Yours, Everything is Not Yours,” by Clemantine Wamariya (pictured above) and Elizabeth Weil, which was a finalist for National Magazine Awards prize:
The piece, which lost out to Esquire’s “The Friend,” tells the story of Clemantine Wamariya, which includes a stint at Chicago’s tony New Trier High School, then Hotchkiss, and then at Yale — along with harrowing childhood experiences as a refugee in Africa.
The piece includes some lighter moments, as when Wamariya decides to do as much as possible to be a “normal” American kid: “At school, the cheerleaders looked happy, so I became a cheerleader. I ran on the track team. I acted in the school’s improv troupe. I peer counseled. I even fundraised with my school’s Aid for Africa club.”
Now a young adult, Wamariya’s bio describes her as “Curious â€¢ Critical â€¢ Connector & Crazy about education and storytelling in all forms.” Indeed.
Her collaborator, Liz Weil, has written about education for the New York Times Magazine (When Should a Kid Start Kindergarten?, Single-Sex Public Education) and in The New Republic (Self-Regulation: American Schools Are Failing Nonconformist Kids).
Big thanks to BuzzFeed’s Molly Hensley-Clancy for the reminder.