Let me explain: this particular article has created a firestorm of controversy online. All of the debated points center on how we think about race and poverty in the USA. I'm most certainly not endorsing this article as a 'stand-alone' source of information, but rather a jumping off point to discuss some difficult questions that, fundamentally are geographic in nature. This is a difficult subject, so sometimes we feel more comfortable just ignoring the topic...I feel that is a disservice to our students.
Personally, what I want my students to understand and get out of this is two-fold: the advice that Gene Marks makes to individuals to pursue educational opportunities to improve their situation is excellent and sound. The problem lies in that this individual advice is being proposed as a societal remedy for larger, structural problems. In essence it is a problem of scale. What is good advice for the individual with not cure all the ails of systemic problems that go far beyond needs education. What do you want your students to get out of this debate/discussion?
Some sample rebuttal articles:
And a snippet of a more scholarly piece "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria:"
Via Seth Dixon