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“Billionaires Want Poor Children’s Brains to Work Better”: Gerald Coles via Counterpunch


Gerald Coles is the author of the forthcoming MRP book, Miseducating for the Global Economy: How Corporate Power Damages Education and Subverts Students’ Futures

“Why are many poor children not learning and succeeding in school? For billionaire Bill Gates, who funded the start-up of the failed Common Core Curriculum Standards, and has been bankrolling the failing charter schools movement, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, it’s time to look for another answer, this one at the neurological level. Poor children’s malfunctioning brains, particularly their brains’ “executive functioning”–that is, the brain’s working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control–must be the reason why their academic performance isn’t better….”

Read Gerald Coles‘s article in Counterpunch

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