[Ed. – The excerpt is from the intro to a new podcast titled ‘Nice White Parents’ brought to you by The New York Times. The series focuses on the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block.]
We know that American public schools do not guarantee each child an equal education — two decades of school reform initiatives have not changed that. But when we look at how our schools are failing, we usually focus on who they’re failing: Black and brown kids. We ask: Why aren’t they performing better? Why aren’t they achieving more?
Those are not the right questions.
If you want to understand what’s wrong with our public education system, you have to look at what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents.