Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids


One in five American children has a hard time learning to read. Many of these kids have dyslexia. There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn, and a federal law that’s supposed to ensure that schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place. This APM Reports documentary investigates why and explores how improving things for dyslexic kids could help all students learn to read better.

Producer: Emily Hanford

This program airs on Saturday, September 16, 2017 on WSQX Radio.


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  1. I was quite interested in hearing the program. I believe that many of the diagnoses of dyslexia could have been prevented, that those children received poor reading instruction right from the start, and would not have been labeled dyslexic had they been involved in an effective reading program. Also, if kids received proven intervention at the earliest sign of reading difficulty, fewer would be labeled dyslexic. It is often poor curriculum and instruction from the get go, and that can be changed. The program at times seemed like an ad for Orton Gillingham. In my experience, Direct Instruction has been extremely successful for reading instruction. I used DI to teach my daughter to read at age 4. She started school reading a year ahead of grade level. I also used it to teach 5th graders who were reading at a 1st grade level, and often observed 2-3 years gain in reading in one school year. DI gets a lot of resistance because it is heavily scripted, and there are specific procedures that are used to make corrections to student errors, but I am more interested in results than I am concerned about entertaining myself. Thanks for spotlighting the need for better reading instruction.

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