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New York Times podcast argues ‘white parents’ main problem with public education system

Why is the public education system failing students of color? A new podcast from The New York Times claims to have the answer — “white parents.”

“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,” the newspaper states in its debut Wednesday of the podcast, called “Nice White Parents.”

The podcast takes the stance that “American public schools do not guarantee each child an equal education” and white parents are a driving force behind that problem, citing a “60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block.”

“I think I’ve been looking in the wrong places for what’s broken in our schools,” says podcast narrator Chana Joffe-Walt as she introduces the new series in a three-minute audio clip.

“I think you can’t understand what’s broken if you don’t look here, at one of the most powerful forces shaping public education: white parents.”

The new podcast quickly gained a variety of different criticism from several center-right observers.

The new podcast from The New York Times comes on the heels of its largely debunked and heavily criticized “1619 Project,” essays which aimed to reframe the country’s history around 1619 due to the arrival in that year of 20 African slaves.

But historians and other professors said it was filled with distortions and inaccuracies, including claims Lincoln was racist and the American Revolution was fought to keep slavery. The New York Times refused to correct the essays, which are used as curriculum in some public schools, and instead settled on a clarification.

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Jennifer Kabbany is editor-in-chief of The College Fix.