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Why Boys Fail by Richard WHITMIRE

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CHAPTER 3The Likely Causes of the Reading Lapses

 

ALTHOUGH LITERACY ISSUES appear to head the list of what causes the gender gaps, the reasons behind the literacy lapses are many. Any attempt to rebalance the gender gaps that focuses on just one or two factors will inevitably fall short. The list includes the following causes.

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Carol Stevens retains an exceptionally clear memory of the phone call she received from her son’s fourth grade teacher: “Mrs. Stevens, did you know Steve is having problems reading? Shocked, Carol immediately shot back, “No he’s not.” I can still remember Carol telling me this story. She and her husband, Erik Brady, worked with me on the startup of USA Today, where today he’s an award-winning sports reporter. ...

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