It's hard to imagine a bar lower than that. So one of them offered a helpful solution. They parked and walked in. But the schools do not turn around. We weren't an unaccredited district. Michael Brown's mother, by the way, was part of that brief 16 year window. Once Normandy comes in here, will that lower our accreditation? I'm a product of busing myself. We're going to start an early college high school, which kids would earn college credit in high school. Where the transfer law forced integration, it's working. And I had to prove her wrong. Posted In: Podcasts & Radio. People say, "Well, we tried to force it and it just didn't work out." But by that point, there were hardly any white kids left to integrate with. The Problem We All Live With, 1964. And just because I went to Normandy, that doesn't define who I am neither. The Problem We All Live With - Part One Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. I was literally desperate to just pull my daughter out of a district that I felt failed me and my children. This week, we pivot from psychology and politics to religion and history as we explore how people have tried to resolve these fears. In seventh grade, Mah'Ria was invited to a special breakfast. Because of the transfer law, Normandy schools But if we were OK, we wouldn't be fixing it. By the time Mah'Ria got to middle school, little things started happening that begin to worry Nedra even more. Nedra Decided she had to get Mah'Ria out of Normandy. "Friend like that" meaning a white friend. With Brown versus Board of Education, we as a nation decided that segregated schooling violated the constitutional rights of black children. Because I felt that I needed to represent what if your kid was in a Normandy high school and they were just offered this opportunity, and other parents are saying "We don't want you here." She checked into those, but even with financial aid, she couldn't afford private school either. I mean, there was really one generation of school desegregation. I had friends and I could go to their house, but they couldn't come to mine. She was like, "I'll hold your hand." So it was 352 years to create the problem. I was just so excited, like God had of truly answered my prayers. In an area like this one, another way of schooling might work better for all involved, but they don't have the resources or ability to change. It was a small thing, but for Nedra and Mah'Ria, it was the last straw. The first person that I met at Francis Howell was Brittany. I stumbled on this place by accident. You guys skipped Pruitt. So for whatever time we have, they will get a quality education. Nedra's older daughter went to Normandy too. That's when the state made a desperation move. Say that again? She couldn't afford that. It didn't take long before the transfer law was bankrupting Normandy. For instance, here's how Beth Cirami, the mother of three who was asking for metal detectors, began her remarks. Years ago, when the MetroLink was being very popular, St. Charles County put to a vote whether or not we wanted the MetroLink to come across into our community. (14 minutes). Our staff includes Elise Bergerson, Emily Condon, Kimberly Henderson, and Seth Lind. They lived longer. 00:02. In January of 2013, just a few months after that breakfast, Normandy lost its accreditation from the state. It's like how they say you get points on the SAT just for writing your name. According to the state, a shiny new name also came with a shiny new accreditation status. There was one moment that I could not get out of my head. I want the same security that Normandy gets when they walk through their school doors, and I want it here. When the state took over, it fired all the teachers over the summer. But if you're in a classroom that has some kids behind and some kids advanced, the kids who are behind tend to catch up. 3. I wasn’t… And I just wonder why is this OK? I got my t-shirt and everything. And my question is that, what are we doing as far as helping with the transition of these students coming into Normandy? So, what’s happening here? Keep reminding yourself that.". The Problem We All Live With is a 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell.It is considered an iconic image of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The Problem We All Live With, Part I. Now and then, one of them jumped in. In 2014, Michael Brown's senior year, here's how the Normandy School District was performing. Under the law, while Normandy students can enroll in any nearby accredited district, Normandy has to provide transportation to just one. This is a 12 year old girl who is so used to the school screwing things up that she knew enough to bring proof. This is what I want to know from you. I mean, because it was packed. It's like they got 10 points just for existing. It really hurt. (30 minutes), If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these. And in the midst of all that changed, we might've lost a bit of who we are. If we can’t agree about what is real, or likely to be real, we will never agree about how we should live together. I know from my own life, and now being able to look at the longitudinal data on it, realizing that, yes, I am living the life that that data says you live when you have the opportunity to go to an integrated school. These parents don't want to try either. And yes, there are black people in Iowa. Although this is a given for deaf audiences, those not afflicted by hearing difficulty would also enjoy the ability to read through transcripts, and avoid the distractions and discomfort listening may potentially cause. Nedra found herself pleading for an exception. I grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. That is the overall score for the entire country. Cameron and other students finished in five minutes. This is not a race issue. Nedra said teachers did not seem to care. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. At first, nobody knew what that meant. Mah'Ria looked around, surveying the gym-- a sea of 3,000 mostly white faces. With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. Robert Wiblin: Hi listeners, this is the 80,000 Hours Podcast, where each week we have an unusually in-depth conversation about the world’s most pressing problems and how you can use your career to solve them. I mean, you could take these conversations and go from district to district to district, and you will always hear the same things. We are still functioning under a Victorian school model. Investigating school segregation in 2018 with Nikole Hannah-Jones: podcast & transcript. Michael Brown was killed August 9, nine days before school started. Make them ride a long distance to school every day. Halved in just 17 years. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program. They hadn't closed the achievement gap between black kids and white kids. I loved it. The topic was as humorless and uncomfortable as it gets. Preview, buy, and download songs from the album #563: The Problem We All Live With, Part 2, including "#563: The Problem We All Live With, Part 2." If I would be required to pay for her get a public education then I might as well try to send her to a private school. "The Problem We All Live With" was a stark, muted, uncomplicated composition, and the topic! Francis Howell administrators would not talk to me, but best as I can tell, some teachers at the school were horrified by what happened at the parents meeting. It's just that, in most of the country, no one is even trying. And we were standing by the door, me and my mom were walking towards the [INAUDIBLE] and I had hesitated. I was just excited. I think it's important to point out that it is not that something magical happens when black kids sit in a classroom next to white kids. A mother named Beth Cirami approaches the microphone. Stay with us. 4. And Cameron's an honor student. And then this lady, I don't remember who she was. She was one of the students who was bussed out of St. Louis when she was a kid. I'm Ira Glass. Schools in Missouri get accredited by the state. Hey folks, it’s Joe and we’re listening to Here’s the Deal. The Problem We All Live With Podcast Timeline created by SFeucht. Right now, I want this school to be the school that I stay at for my sophomore, junior, and senior year. And the problem is, we’re stuck with one other. And now you have a new accreditation status that has never existed in history of the state.". And the same thing is said, "We know we need to do." Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. You're saying well, you know from the evidence of your own life. I want to know where the metal detectors are going to be, and I want to know whether your drug sniffing dogs are going to be. My parents told me to get on the bus and go to school, and I went where the bus took me. Every Tuesday, join campaign staffers, surrogates, organizers, activists, artists, and people just like you for conversations about the challenges we face - and will overcome - … I'm not a cheerleader, so I don't know exactly what they were saying, but just cheering, doing high kicks and everything like that. A generation of black St. Louis residents, tens of thousands of them, remember the St. Louis desegregation program just as she does, as a great opportunity. I'm just going to say, she's an awesome child, OK? But that doesn't relieve us of the charge to attempt to do it. Listen Now. I was like, "What? The podcast “The Problem We All Live With” by Nikole Hannah Jones and Ira Glass was really eye opening and very thought provoking. Don't miss an episode of Houston We Have A Problem. Mah'Ria had never had a friend who was white before. The transfer law gives students in unaccredited districts the right to transfer to a nearby accredited one for free. 10 out of 140 points, that was its score. The bad schools never caught up to the good schools. So then knowing that, knowing that in these high poverty segregated districts the students aren't doing well, is it possible for a black child in Missouri to get an equal education? The nearby districts told Nedra they would enroll Mah'Ria, but since she lived outside of their boundaries Nedra would have to pay tuition, upwards of $15,000 a year. That's why a federal judge ordered white suburban schools to take thousands of black students from the city to the suburbs. But Francis Howell was firm. But the new Normandy Collaborative District was non-accredited. SPIEGEL: So today, we begin with the story of one woman who went searching for a solution to a problem that ultimately she found, in a way. Some previous Rockwell fans were disgusted and thought the painter had taken leave of his senses. And so-- [SIGHS]. This American Life Life is delivered to public radio stations by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. We were non-accredited. And that was the very hard part. And so, though she didn't think about it this way, that fall, Mah'Ria joined an old American tradition-- black children headed on buses to heavily white schools that had been forced by the courts to take them. And what she noticed was that it never worked. Hosted by Anushka Asthana, Today in Focus brings you closer to Guardian journalism. So what I would do is take later lunches on my job, go to my car, sit in my car after I've written down telephone numbers and names the night before, and I would spend my whole lunch hour calling these offices. He did that because he said St. Louis's white suburbs shared the blame for the segregation in the city schools. That night, it was a traffic jam getting there. That means there are entire classes of students, nearly all of them black, who came in as kindergartners and graduated 12 years later without ever having attended a school that met state standards. The problem of death, and the paths to escape it Last week, we spoke with psychologist Sheldon Solomon about the fear of death and how it shapes our actions. The Normandy Schools Collaborative. Larger Version. Mah'Ria was watching it all on the monitors in an overflow room. It depicts Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African-American girl, on her way to William Frantz Elementary School, an all-white public school, on November 14, 1960, during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis. Ira speaks with New York Times Magazine Reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones about her years reporting Her mom told her she could if she wanted to. So what actually works? Nedra and Mah'Ria decided to go. This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “I Don’t Know What You’ve Done With My Husband But He’s a Changed Man” [MUSIC: Christopher Norman, “Word of Prey” (from EP3)] Johnson BORH: All of a sudden we heard of the war. It's easy to judge these parents, but I think part of what makes this scene so startling is that we rarely fight these battles anymore. Classes were dumbed down and often unorganized and unruly. All our payments are handled by Recurly. Worked out for me. The minority kids in their programs were still not performing on par with white kids. That's supposed to be like a warning. It sits across a river in another county, roughly 30 miles away from Normandy. Mah'Ria shut down. They put their kids on the bus to go integrate the schools, and they followed behind because they needed to make sure their kids were OK. Yeah. This American Life is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange. And because we're non-accredited, the transfer law no longer applies. We're going to replace the principal. You asked me a minute ago why would I be doing this? Right. Rockwell's first assignment for Look magazine was an illustration of a six-year-old African-American school girl being escorted by four U.S. marshals to her first day at an all-white school in New Orleans. But integration-- before I talked to Nikole about this, I had this vague sense about integration-- maybe you had this too-- that we tried that. Ferguson, Missouri, and the district includes the high school that Michael Brown attended. in recent years. St. Louis Public Radio recorded the meeting. She made a list of nearby school districts and private schools. I kept telling myself, as if I was talking to those parents who were not embracing this decision, my child may be the doctor that saves your life one day. And the problem is that there are certain things that happen in life that we desperately want to change and we cannot. When we meet in Normandy, Charles Pearson is dapper, in a gray pinstripe suit and bowtie. In other words, on standardized reading tests in 1971, black 13 year olds tested 39 points worse than white kids. Rihanna Curtain is a year below Mah'Ria. It was to celebrate kids who made the honor roll. That's it. Please check the corresponding audio before quoting in print. She looked at me and I looked at her. Then, after things were going not so bad, a new plan was constructed. By law, they had no say in the matter. The improvement in math scores was close to that, though not quite as good. Then was choir, and then he had two periods of band. You have to break that up. Hosted by Ira Glass Aug. 01, 2015. CHARLES PEARSON: No one has ever argued it's OK. No, that's not the argument, that it's OK. CHARLES PEARSON: Yeah, but I'm not saying-- I think it's the reality of where they are, and it's the reality that they're struggling. Our program was produced today by Chana Joffe-Walt and Jonathan Menjivar with Zoe Chase, Sean Cole, Stephanie Foo, Miki Meek, Robyn Semien, Alissa Shipp, and Nancy Updike, editing help from Joel Lovell. After a week, you was ready to go crazy, because you're not used to nobody calling you out your name. More testing.". Each year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education puts out a report that shows how each of its 520 school districts is doing. And its first big move was to give the district a new name. Nedra knew that the district had been performing poorly for years. With Chris Hayes" is a new podcast presented by MSNBC and NBCNews THINK attempting to make sense of this unprecedented moment in world history. I went to Catholic school because I had to. Morale was incredibly low. That fall, fully one quarter of Normandy students chose the evacuation plan the law created, even though many of them would have to get on a bus at 5:00 in the morning and travel a good 30 miles away. Every last one of them. And so today, we thought we would put it on the table and talk about it. It's the Normandy School District in Normandy, Missouri. Here's what the evidence shows. So Cameron said he normally goes to the counselor's office because this was not unusual. Still, he sounds like any other superintendent of a struggling district. That's at The New York Times website. Her daughter, Mah'Ria, is a star student. Listen to ‘1619,’ a Podcast From The New York Times ... or read the transcripts by clicking the icon to the right of the play bar. We're just stuck there because we're not open to the opportunities. For me one wall in this gallery does not seem to fit in with the light hearted theme. We are. Here is what the last few months at Normandy Middle School have been like. It's a numeric snapshot of the type of education students are receiving. The guy who now has the job of transforming the Normandy schools is Charles Pearson. That thing that is so effective but never discussed? Discover original podcasts series from Bloomberg or find your favorite radio shows on demand in podcast form. We promised that we would fix this wrong. We don't have to like it, and we don't have to make it easy. And that's what I really began to look at. That's what went wrong, not the other part of the equation, that white families chose to leave. For me one wall in this gallery does not seem to fit in with the light hearted theme. Everybody expected that losing a quarter of the students in the Normandy District would be bad. And it was great. The conversation in the gym is taking place in one of the most segregated metropolitan areas in the country. So let me repeat-- the Normandy School District was unaccredited. She also earns good grades. Do you remember that conversation at home? It's so funny the way you say that-- "Well, how do we know that integration works?" Mah'Ria usually brought home As, but when she got a C, Nedra asked the teacher why she had not been notified. And the opposite is true for black kids who remained in segregated schools. She said she thought about Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend an all white elementary school in the South. Every day, I would see her in the hall and we smiled very big. That's right. When I get off, they're closed. Ordered to proceed with school desegregation after the 1954 Brown v. It's 4,000 black kids. We've given you a new name. I didn't expect to make a friend that fast, because I remember I think it was after my third or fourth hour, I had went to lunch. Or we are going to really focus on literacy. My child may be the lawyer that defends your child one day. And you can look at districts and schools with the same racial makeup in every urban community across the country. So you're right. (The video starts with "Greg Wiggle's Leaving Announcement". But finally, she gave up and transferred back to Francis Howell. We had to get up really early, but also we were being taken out of our community into someone else's community, where not only was it a white community but it was a wealthy community, and I was coming from a very black working class community. It took me all of five minutes on the internet to find out that the school district he attended is almost completely black, almost completely poor, and failing badly. Your kid's going to cry because parents are saying how awful your kid is, when really they're being put in a box because they're not like that. And the students who went through that, some of them, anyway, grew up to be the parents in the Francis Howell gym. podcast & transcript The personal is political with Brittney Cooper Listen in as Chris Hayes and cultural theorist Dr. Brittney Cooper discuss race, feminism and culture. The district had to cut staff. I don't want to keep flip-flopping between schools, so I'm hopeful that I'll stay. I literally, mentally, had a vision of a herd of cattle being pushed on a truck, being herded back to where they came from. The problem is that because this seems to be so contagious, it means that overall, … Pretty fast.". For nearly three months, Mah'Ria tried to make it work at Normandy High School. And I was like, "Hi, I'm Mah'Ria." The Problem We All Live With is a 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell.It is considered an iconic image of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. * * * Welcome to the Making Sense podcast… This is Sam Harris. 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