Schools are failing.
It’s the fault of “nice, white people.”
Because many refuse to send their kids to shit schools.
It’s never the blacks or beaners who contribute nothing in taxes and allow their kids to be hellions in school mandating more and more teachers to watch over them while the white kids (and some black and browns) who WANT to make something of themselves suffer.
Most say the answer is complicated, requiring a nuanced, collaborative approach.
But not The New York Times. It found the problem, and it’s simple: white parents.
The solution? “Try, whenever possible, to suppress the power of white parents.”
That quote comes from the Times’ podcast “Nice White Parents,” which chronicles the history of a single public school in New York. Specifically, the host, Chana Joffe-Walt, decides to look into the racial history of this school.
Her first finding: Many parents who advocated for the integration of public schools, specifically this public school, did not end up enrolling their children. Instead, they chose to send their children to established schools with a history of success. This choice—made predominantly by white families—is why the school has struggled, Joffe-Walt says.
She contacts several of these parents to scold them for not sending their children to a worse school to serve the larger cause of public education. Some parents note that although they believed in advancing school integration, they perceived this particular school to struggle academically, noting that many students could not read at grade level.
Joffe-Walt chalks up these criticisms to racism, rather than a genuine observation that the school would be a step backward academically for a student functioning at grade level.
Does she offer concrete policy solutions to fix the underlying academic issues plaguing the school? Of course not. Instead, she perpetuates the myth that parents choosing to exit the public school system leads to underfunded schools.