Why Can't I Be as Smart as E.D. Hirsch?
Life is just unfair that way. Here's HIrsch and Robert Pondiscio in The American Prospect, explaining in one succinct essay why Reading First failed. They are too polite to point that out -- but I will. They don't reference the boys issue, but they don't have to. Reading First was designed for high poverty schools where boys were far behind in literacy skills. It was supposed to rescue them, but didn't.