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.
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