Leroy and Yvette McClure, explain the need to identify learning disabilities in their new book "Why Sammy Still Can't Read: A Service Delivery Model For Creating A Future Of Reading".
The ability to read empowers a person in ways no one could have imagined. It is a fundamental element of learning which is taught in school when children are able to grasp basic language skills. However, not all students are blessed with that equal opportunity. Studies have found that black and Latino students are more likely two or three years behind their white counterparts. Many factors contribute to this disparity, some which have been identified as lower earnings, poorer health, and higher rates of incarceration.
This obvious gap in achievement leads to an eventual opportunity gap, leading to a gradual economic and racial gap which is passed on from generation to generation. Another study shows that white male students ate three times more likely to be reading proficiently in the fourth grade than their fellow black peers. While the focus has heavily relied on the external factors that could disrupt the learning curve of a person of color, studies have not focused on how learning disabilities can hinder literacy rates in communities of color.
This disparity was identified by authors Leroy and Yvette McClure, who explain the need to identify learning disabilities in their new book "Why Sammy Still Can't Read: A Service Delivery Model For Creating A Future Of Reading". Having years of experience in the education field helped the authors write a comprehensive guide to fellow educators about the various elements that can prevent a student of color from keeping up with their white classmates, including the fact that these students can suffer from learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
The book hopes to inspire a change in education right from the parents, to politicians. Author Leroy McClure writes: "We as Americans citizens must look at illiteracy as a crisis. This is about all children exercising one of their civil rights to read so that no child will be left behind."