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’
An unexpected last chapter. Some white parents start behaving differently.
'Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do'
Is it possible to limit the power of white parents?
‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’
We saw what happens when white families come into the school. What happens when they stay out?
'I Still Believe in It'
White parents in the 1960s fought to be part of a new, racially integrated school. Where’d they go?
The Book of Statuses
A group of parents take one big step together.
Introducing: Nice White Parents
A new limited series about building a better school system, and what gets in the way.
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White parents will stand in the way of equal schools
This is very well written but extremely one sided. My headline is a quote from episode 5. I am a Hispanic parent and I don’t see this in the schools I attended or the ones my kids now attend. I grew up in northern NJ just outside of NYC. I don’t believe this is the norm for the US.
Truths I Wish I Knew Sooner About Access and Influence in Public Schools
Curriculum is clearly tied to power. Students subconsciously learn that the material covered in class is what is deemed important by both their teachers and society. Chana Joffe Walt’s explanation of the influence white parents exerted in this regard was particularly fascinating. In one instance, school administrators at one of NYC’s public schools fulfilled a white parent’s request for a dual language French program. While the notion originally seemed like a very copacetic relationship between school administration and parents, the program’s smooth implementation seemed almost eerie. I wondered what would have happened if a parent of color had asked the school to implement curriculum and pedagogy that was more culturally responsive to the students. Would their perceived lack of influence to attract more affluent white parent “customers” to the school be a barrier towards implementing this framework? And at the expense of a potential path to greater achievement for their child? These are the types of profound questions Nice White Parents stirred inside my mind, and I truly hope for more episodes in the future!
This whole “white people are the enemy” thing is getting very old.