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Fresh Air (NPR): Nikole Hannah-Jones — How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By ‘Individual Choices’

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/01/16/509325266/how-the-systemic-segregation-of-schools-is-maintained-by-individual-choices

Lexicon Valley (Slate): Mark Seidenberg — Why Stopped Teaching Children How to Read

http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley/2017/01/mark_seidenberg_and_john_mcwhorter_on_reading_versus_literacy.html

I strongly recommend listening to these two podcast episodes back-to-back. The former makes a righteous case for how the systemic inequities of the public school system get grotesquely distorted when (privileged) families exert their de facto power of school choice. The latter questions whether the progressivist, social justice disposition of public schools ought to undercut its mandate to effectively teach specific skills and content areas.

There’s no easy answers here, but a fundamental question as to what the role of public schools should be.

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