How to Choose a School

Getting schooled.
Nov. 18 2013 2:57 PM

Schooled: How to Choose a School

A discussion about navigating the many measures of public school quality.

To listen to Schooled, Episode 3, use the player below:

Welcome to Schooled, Slate’s new podcast about education.

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With more charter schools, magnet schools, and school choice than ever before, many parents face an intimidating set of options when enrolling their kids in kindergarten and beyond, especially in urban areas. What does the "good school" look like, in terms of teaching, curriculum, and student engagement? Why do one-third of all children struggle to learn to read? What should you do if your kid’s teacher is terrible? And are middle-class or affluent kids hurt academically when they attend schools with peers who come from less educationally privileged backgrounds? In this episode, I talk to Peg Tyre, author of The Good School, and Heather Harding, an education researcher at George Washington University. Both of my guests have enrolled their own children in urban public schools, in New York and Washington, D.C.

Podcast production by Sally Herships.

Dana Goldstein is a staff writer at the Marshall Project and author of The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession to be published in September 2014.