"Basically, reformers propose to raise test scores and radically improve graduation rates in urban school systems without doing anything to:
1. Reduce homelessness, residential instability and housing overcrowding as factors in student’s lives.
2. Deal with hunger, poor diet and obesity as factors impeding education performance.
3. Challenge racial profiling and police violence in student’s lives, not only in their neighborhoods, but in the schools.
4. Deal with unemployment, underemployment and wage compression as factors in the lives of students and their families.
5. Deal with the impact of the prison industrial complex on students and their families, particularly the psychic and economic stress of having close relatives in prison and having them be unemployable when they return.
6. Deal with the trauma of domestic violence and peer violence as it impacts students’ lives and their educational performance.
7. Deal with the way students are profiled by police, store owners, and ordinary citizens when they leave their neighborhoods and go into downtown business districts or middle-class neighborhoods.
Essentially, reformers are asking everyone involved with schools in underresourced communities, especially teachers and administrators, to block out all the conditions that Michelle Alexander has highlighted in her book The New Jim Crow. Not only will this approach fail miserably, it gives a free pass to economic and political elites whose policies helped create the very conditions that lock people into poverty."
— Elite Attackers of Public Schools Don’t Admit the Impact of Economic Inequality, Racism on Education