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, to showcase voices and perspectives that have largely been missing from the debate over the future of our public schools. Each episode, education historian Jack Schneider and I explore a hot-button education topic. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts and tell us what you think at @HaveYouHeardPod

And did I mention that I wrote a book? A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School (co-authored with my podcast co-host Jack Schneider) will be out next year. You can preorder it here!

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