On Children of the Code, Rick Lavoie, an advocate for children with learning disabilities, talks about the shame children suffer when they have trouble learning to read.
. . . at any given point in time, any kid will prefer to be viewed as a bad kid than a dumb kid. If you put a kid in the position of choosing between looking bad or looking dumb, he will choose to look bad.
Students who don’t master reading by third grade rarely get effective help to catch up, Lavoie says.