4 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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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.8, 11.4K 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.

    ‘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

3.8 out of 5
11.4K Ratings

11.4K Ratings

Runwme100 ,

Don’t let the title deter you...

As a “nice white parent” myself, the title is unfortunate because it will turn a lot of people off & they won’t listen. However, the content is amazing & I think it’s a must-listen for anyone, especially if you have kids in school. I’m a public school teacher, with kids who go to our local public school (which isn’t the same one I teach at) and I found the themes spot-on & very relatable.

VeranoTX ,

I think you might want listen a 2nd or 3rd time

If you are white and this podcast makes you uncomfortable, you get it. It should. It should make you very uncomfortable.

It clearly shows how seemingly well intended people can perpetuate systemic racism; how we as white people subconsciously (or consciously) think we know what’s best for everyone and are surprised when others disagree with our definition of best.

If you think this podcast is about how hard it is to fix the public school system because even these wealthy white parents couldn’t do it (as seen in several reviews), please read paragraph two and relisten. Repeat until paragraph one makes sense.

cmishie ,

A white teacher’s perspective

As a teacher in a magnet school (made for the purpose of diversity)- this podcast is everything. It is so true, it discusses the problems I see on a daily basis. My school is predominantly black and Hispanic, however our Board and Staff is made of white people.

I thank this journalist for bringing so many of my thoughts to the forefront.

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