According to UNESCO, there are nearly 800 million people in the world who are illiterate, including 126 million youth. If a child can’t read, it is a major setback to their self-esteem. Low self-esteem acts out in many ways, not the least of which is through ‘bullying.’ Bullying is becoming epidemic in America.
As a reading specialist, I have personally witnessed the low self-esteem of struggling readers and their experiences at the hands of bullies. Most struggling readers do not ‘believe’ in themselves.>