What’s My Story?

You find yourself at the blog of freelance journalist and public education advocate Jennifer Berkshire. I spent six years editing a newspaper for the American Federation of Teachers in Massachusetts and now (almost) make my living writing, editing and causing trouble. I started a blog called EduShyster about education and matters related 2012 after my frequent early morning tirades against the state of media coverage of education issues threatened to upend my marriage. What began as a comic skewering of the excesses of the education reform movement has morphed into something more seriousbut always with a focus on the unintended consequences of the shift towards a market-based education system. In 2016, I launched a podcast, Have You Heard, a monthly series that hands the mic to voices and perspectives that have largely been missing from the debate over the future of our public schools. Have You Heard recently wrapped up its inaugural season and has kicked off season 2.0: a talk-show on hot-button education issues with education scholar and all around smarty Jack Schneider. I recently changed the name of my blog from EduShyster to Have You Heard for reasons that you can read about here.

My writing and interviews regularly gain national attention and has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baffler, Salon, Alternet, Jacobin, the Progressive, Bloomberg EDU and some other places I’m almost certainly forgetting. 

For more information or to invite me to come for a visit, contact jenniferberkshire@gmail.com.