People who always seem to be forgotten in today’s policy debate are remembered in Eugene Robinson’s powerful column in today’s Washington Post.
Entrenched black poverty, with all its causes and implications, barely makes a ripple in the public debate these days.
And as Robinson points out, just talking about improving education is not the answer.
…what good are state-of-the-art facilities and qualified, motivated teachers when the students arrive having been damaged by dysfunctional families and a toxic peer-group culture — and when there are no jobs waiting for them when they leave?
Robinson’s right of course. And not just about Washington. It is happening across North Carolina too and nobody ever talks about it Raleigh.