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Nice White Parents

Nice White Parents

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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3: ?This Is Our School, How Dare You??

Chana Joffe-Walt explores how white parents can shape a school ? even when they aren?t there.

She traces the history of I.S. 293, now the Boerum Hill School for International Studies, from the 1980s through the modern education reforms of the 2000s. In the process, Chana talks to alumni who loved their school and never questioned why it was on the edge of a white neighborhood. To them, it was just where everyone went. But she also speaks to some who watched the school change over the years and questioned whether a local community school board was secretly plotting against 293.

2020-08-06
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2: 'I Still Believe in It'

Chana Joffe-Walt searches the New York City Board of Education archives for more information about the School for International Studies, which was originally called I.S. 293.

In the process, she finds a folder of letters written in 1963 by mostly white families in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. They are asking for the board to change the proposed construction of the school to a site where it would be more likely to be racially integrated.

It?s less than a decade after Brown v. Board of Education, amid a growing civil rights movement, and the white parents writing letters are emphatic that they want an integrated school. They get their way and the school site changes ? but after that, nothing else goes as planned.

For more information about this show, visit nytimes.com/nicewhiteparents

2020-07-30
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1: The Book of Statuses

It?s 2015 and one Brooklyn middle school is about to receive a huge influx of new students.

In this episode, Chana Joffe-Walt, a reporter, follows what happens when the School of International Studies? 6th grade class swells from 30 mostly Latino, Black and Middle Eastern students, to 103 ? an influx almost entirely driven by white families.

Everyone wants ?what?s best for the school? but it becomes clear that they don?t share the same vision of what ?best? means.

For more information about this show, visit nytimes.com/nicewhiteparents

2020-07-30
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Introducing: Nice White Parents

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.

For more information about this show, visit nytimes.com/nicewhiteparents

2020-07-17
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