The Integrated Schools Podcast

Ep 8 - The Only One (Part 1): SMOG

Episode Summary

The fear of your kid being the "only one" often pushes white families away from global majority schools. We'll talk about it in two parts - parents of kids who are the only one, and adults who were the only one. In Part 1, we're joined by Lauren from Pennsylvania. Look for Part 2 next week.

Episode Notes

The Smog - is all of the things that we hear and say about schools and parenting that push us towards greater segregation. "I don't want my kid to be the only one" is one of these. It's a tricky subject, so we're going to break it up into two parts. Part 1- today's episode - is from the perspective of parents with kids who are currently the Only One. It can be challenging to navigate. We talk with Lauren from Pennsylvania about the experience for her, her two kids, and her family. It's not always easy, but there are real benefits as well.

Next week, in Part 2, we'll look at it from the perspective of adults who were the Only One - one white and one black - and how those experiences were different, how they were they same, and how those adults' perspective on the experience has changed over time.

After that, we're going to be taking a short break for the holidays, and to give you time to catch up on any episodes you may have missed.

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The Integrated Schools Podcast is produced by Courtney Mykytyn and Andrew Lefkowits. Audio editing and mixing by Andrew Lefkowits. Music by Kevin Casey.