How does chronic trauma wear down kids who can not read?

April 1, 2022
How does chronic trauma wear down kids who can not read?

Hi Literacy Lovers,

Dr. Steven Dystra.

In our 100th podcast episode, Trauma and Reading, Dr. Steven Dystra joins us to discuss how chronic trauma wears down kids who can’t read, which results in devastating effects. Dr. Dykstra’s bio includes one of the most powerful paragraphs we’ve ever read about reading and its collective trauma impact on children. So, we’ll let him do the talking: 

“I think facts and information are our only tools, and while we must wield them carefully, we should not be afraid to call out the failures and injustice we see. Too much decision making is driven by the delicate feelings of adults who, however hard working and well-intentioned, have protected their colleagues and friends over the interests of our most vulnerable children. We are investing the lives of little children in bad decisions, in order to avoid the shame and discomfort of admitting we were wrong.  This is not unprecedented. It has happened many times before, in many places, surrounding many decisions. But, like all of those other times, this must end.  Any other result would be immoral. The victims are, after all, children.” 

We’re so glad you’re here to learn with us. 

Learn More

Watch this ten minute video of Dr. Steven Dykstra: “Reading: The Great Vaccine.” The description of the video says: “Being able to read is a vaccination against the negative windfalls of life. Listen as Dr. Dykstra tells a story about the power of being able to read proficiently.”

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