The majority of us take learning for granted. We enter school and apply seemingly natural skills to the subjects studied. But for others, it’s not that simple.
Regardless of how reading is taught — by phonics, linguistics, whole language, or any combination of methods — a significant portion of the population has difficulty learning to read. These reading difficulties often lead to global learning problems as schoolwork becomes more complex. Students with learning difficulties typically face the added frustration of having average to above-average intelligence, yet falling short of their academic potential.
Learning difficulties are often the result of one or more underdeveloped brain processes. Most educational programs are not equipped to address this reality.
The result — an endless cycle of underachievement and tutoring.Typically, “tutoring” begins at a level where a learning difficulty has been encountered. This special help may carry the student through to the next level in a particular subject, but problems are likely to recur because the underlying learning difficulty still exists.