Peg Tyre’s book The Trouble with Boys (linked to my review) opened my eyes to some of the problems with educating boys in our traditional school system. Having an intelligent and active boy of my own, I wanted to educate myself on how and why school might not be aimed at his needs, but I felt a little frustrated, because honestly the way things are done is the way they are done, and what can I do about it?
Fortunately, there are people like Peg Tyre, director of strategy for the Edwin Gould Foundation which, according to their website, “works in collaboration with innovative non-profit partners to close this achievement gap. We invest time, money and resources to seed and grow educational models that create effective solutions to increase the number of college graduates from under-resourced communities.”
Everyone knows that if a child struggles with reading, their entire education will likely suffer. Is there something that we as parents, or a school system can do?
In 2009, when Monica DiBella entered New Dorp, a notorious public high school on Staten Island, her academic future was cloudy. Monica had struggled to read in early childhood, and had repeated first grade. During her elementary-school years, she got more than 100 hours of tutoring, but by fourth grade, she’d fallen behind her classmates again.
Continue reading Peg Tyre’s article The Writing Revolution at The Atlantic.