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. (I later changed the name for reasons you can read about here).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. 

Now I’m moving onto my next adventure: I’m the new education editor at AlterNet, where I’ll be bringing my writing, analysis and editing with an eye towards helping explain how the efforts to *unwind* public education fit into the larger political currents of our times. Stop by and see me, and be sure to sign up for the weekly AlterNet newsletter!

And if you have story ideas or just want to say hello, you can find me at jenniferberkshire@gmail.com.