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 • 63 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
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Luckyhorse ,

Totally thought provoking piece of journalism

It may be about US schooling but relevant everywhere. And not just to schools. Chana Joffe-Walt I salute you.

smont6 ,

Interesting, well-researched, and informative

I decided to give this podcast a try after it was posted on the Serial page, and I’m glad I did. This podcast digs deep into racial biases on both sides of the spectrum, and is a clear example of how structural racism can affect not only those who espouse traditional institutions, but also those who claim to want equality. This podcast also informs listeners that racism is not a thing of the past, but rather something that has been carried through the generations and can still be seen today in both overt and subtle forms.

Metz2016 ,

Just so good

This is just a solid piece of journalism about an issue that actually affects society. If you believe in the power of education to change people’s lives, and define the way society is ordered, you should listen to this.

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