Why is "Real Men Read" necessary? The research is clear: if children cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade, they face daunting hurdles to success in school and beyond. Third grade marks a pivot point in reading.
And those struggling students are disproportionately poor students and students of color. The good news, almost all children can learn to read at grade level. Unfortunately, not all children have access to resources and some enter school already behind, due to such factors as family poverty and parents’ lack of education and engagement.
I called on all men to participate in this program and help close the gap. I am proud, honored and humbled by the men who showed up.