The Problem We All Live With


Episode 562:

The Problem We All Live With

Originally aired 07.31.2015

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Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there’s one thing nobody tries anymore, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program. First of a two-part series.

This two-parter first lays out the problem of school segregation in terms that are so simple, it slaps you in the face. Then—if you’re a parent like me—you listen with horror to the real-life consequences of racism in our educational system, and you start examining your own choices. It especially resonates here in New York, the city with the most segregated system in the country. -Kate Hinds, WNYC News



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