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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.

Nice White Parents Serial

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.9 • 24.1K 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 the makers of Serial and The New York Times. Hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt.

    1: The Book of Statuses

    1: The Book of Statuses

    A group of parents take one big step together.

    • 1 hr
    2: 'I Still Believe in It'

    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?

    • 51 min
    3: ‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’

    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?

    • 45 min
    4: 'Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do'

    4: 'Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do'

    Is it possible to limit the power of white parents?

    • 48 min
    5: ‘We Know It When We See It’

    5: ‘We Know It When We See It’

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

    • 52 min
    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

3.9 out of 5
24.1K Ratings

24.1K Ratings

TheAnastasia ,

I don’t even have kids

I don’t even have kids and as a white woman I hope I wouldn’t be these white parents. This is an important thing for white/privileged people to hear.

INK BENDY 10 ,

Racist

This is gross

Chefsar ,

What??

So the answer to racism is integration—but WAIT don’t change anything, even if it’s for the better— bc that’s gentrification, and if you leave that’s “white flight” and it’s racist. Even though we recruited you— don’t raise money for the school for a special project because the parents who were there first need to control all fundraising…Oh and how upsetting that the children of color “weren't warned” that some white children would be attending a public school paid for by taxpayers. (Even though integration is the best solution to racism.) I’m so confused by this podcast and agree the term “white” just generalizes the wealthy. It sounded to me like the “white people” were people of French descent. Are we responsible for their behavior now too? Flip this story to a group of black parents joining a predominantly white public school and raising money for a cultural special interest project and no one would bat an eye…ya know unless you said that white children should have been warned that people of color would be joining them in their school year. I guess that’d be worth a podcast.

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