6 episodes

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 Serial Productions, a New York Times Company. Hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt.

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    • 4.3 • 550 Ratings

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 Serial Productions, a New York Times Company. Hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt.

    ‘We Know It When We See It’

    ‘We Know It When We See It’

    An unexpected last chapter. Some white parents start behaving differently.

    • 52 min
    'Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do'

    'Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do'

    Is it possible to limit the power of white parents?

    • 48 min
    ‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’

    ‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’

    We saw what happens when white families come into the school. What happens when they stay out?

    • 45 min
    'I Still Believe in It'

    'I Still Believe in It'

    White parents in the 1960s fought to be part of a new, racially integrated school. Where’d they go?

    • 51 min
    The Book of Statuses

    The Book of Statuses

    A group of parents take one big step together.

    • 1 hr
    Introducing: Nice White Parents

    Introducing: Nice White Parents

    A new limited series about building a better school system, and what gets in the way.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
550 Ratings

550 Ratings

PelargoniumGirl ,

Fascinating podcast series

An in-depth look at a deeply-rooted and vitally important problem. Especially educative for me as a listener from the UK not familiar with the US school system. Lots of fascinating interviews which raise a lot of important questions: if we want to do good, how do we do it without inadvertently making the problem worse? Are those of us with privilege willing to confront the truth that for others to have more, we must be willing to have less? How do we define “more” and “less” in any case?Many thanks to all those involved in making this podcast for your work.

Nomnomes ,

A must for any teacher

Absolutely loved this podcast. It challenged me so much and gave me insight into how to do better. I love that it makes us question what doing good is and how to do it well. A lot of our systems need to be redesigned so our nice ideas are not colonialism in new boots.

ebtnc ,

Grew up during this period

And I recognised the good intent and terrible execution of the parents, administers, and education boards. The series is engaging without preaching, just tells the story of this one school.

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