Author Susan Naimark discusses her book The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools. This event is rescheduled from October.
When Jamaica Plain resident Susan Naimark sent her two sons into the Boston public school system in the 1990s, she found that she was getting an education herself. Not in academic subjects, but in how race and privilege play out in school. She watched her children thrive, while many of their classmates of color did not, she writes. Naimark wanted to know why. “To understand it from the perspective of white privilege, I had to hold up the mirror,” she says. Naimark was appointed to the Boston School Committee by Mayor Tom Menino, and served from 1997 to 2005. She currently works as an independent consultant with public school parents, grassroots groups, and nonprofit and public agencies to create responsive community institutions.