Gerald Coles is an educational psychologist who has written extensively on literacy and learning disabilities. He is the author of Reading Lessons: The Debate Over Literacy, and The Learning Mystique: A Critical Look at "Learning Disabilities," as well as numerous articles in educational and psychology journals. He can be reached at gcwriting [at] fastmail.com
By Gerald Coles, Local Futures
Given US capitalism’s control of the American economy, the economic system’s educational needs are best served by ensuring that the nation’s school achievement does not get out of hand; that is, schools cannot become too successful in producing well-educated graduates for the purportedly vast (but actually small) number of STEM jobs.