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Now & Next: can science break the class ceiling? – in partnership with The Economist

Posted on 17 December 2021

The gap in educational achievement between "rich and poor" children has not changed for decades. While understanding and addressing the reasons for this gap has traditionally focused on differences in social environment, new approaches are exploring factors such as neuroscience and genetics. But can this science-based model really help break through the class ceiling – and can it be used safely and ethically, improving social mobility rather than exacerbating existing inequalities?

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