Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Choosing to become a single mom and talking about race in elementary school.

The New York School That’s Experimenting With Dividing Children Into Groups By Race

The New York School That’s Experimenting With Dividing Children Into Groups By Race

Slate's parenting podcast.
May 21 2015 10:49 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Attacking Molly Weasley Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on having a child while single and a New York City school that is dividing children into groups by race.

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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk to Lisa Miller, the author of “Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade?” an article on an experiment at a progressive private school, which aims to facilitate “authentic” conversations about race. Then Rachel Sklar, writer, entrepreneur, and cofounder of, comes in to talk about choosing to become a single mom at 41. Plus, parenting triumphs and fails, a listener asks about whether or not to “redshirt” her kindergarten-aged son, and Dan explains his hatred of Molly Weasley. 


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Mom and Dad recommend:

Allison recommends CISV International, formerly known as Children's International Summer Villages.


Dan recommends the parenting blog, Baby Happy Pants.

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And finally: Come to our live show in Durham, North Carolina on June 7 with special guest Mac McCaughan!

Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.

Allison Benedikt is Slate’s executive editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.