If you want to understand what’s wrong with our public schools, you have to look at what is arguably the most powerful force in shaping them: white parents. A five-part series from the makers of Serial and The New York Times. Hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt.
1: The Book of Statuses
A group of parents take one big step together.
2: 'I Still Believe in It'
White parents in the 1960s fought to be part of a new, racially integrated school. Where’d they go?
3: ‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’
We saw what happens when white families come into the school. What happens when they stay out?
4: 'Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do'
Is it possible to limit the power of white parents?
5: ‘We Know It When We See It’
An unexpected last chapter. Some white parents start behaving differently.
Introducing: Nice White Parents
A new limited series about building a better school system, and what gets in the way.
A must listen
Great journalism and insight into a broken system. Whether we like to hear it or not we white people are preserving a racist system and this program shows how - please give it a listen to learn how our biases - often unintended- can have consequences especially on people of colour. It also offers potential solutions although none are simple and require us to truly desire and action equity for all.
Well done on a remarkable piece of work.
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I’m an Aussie living in the UK so I initially thought the scope would be too narrow to be relevant to me. BUT surprisingly it was such an engaging listen. Like the Trojan Horse Affair, school politics are a microcosm of wider social issues. Hard rec.
An engrossing podcast - I was hooked. A must for parents choosing schools.