The 4th Year Slump - Eve’s Story

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This is a sad & disturbing story. How does a child who has done well in infant school cope with a fairly sudden realisation that they are now struggling to keep up - and losing ground?

A young man working at the checkout said to me, “I used to be a good student but when I was in grade four I just lost it all.”

There is a large cohort of students who fail to make any significant gains beyond grade five. Even maths suffers from their inability to ‘read’ the problems with sufficient accuracy to identify which mathematical process to use. Our secondary schools house many such students. They are the ‘context dependent whole word guessers.’ They are in the grip of a preventable circumstance.