Three elementary-aged girls reading a book in a library

Social Sciences’ Robert Fisher discussed illiteracy and its connection to other income disparities

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WEWS: Robert Fischer, associate professor and the co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, said illiteracy has its roots in early childhood and spirals—along with income disparities, food and housing issues and mental health concerns. “When you think about kids’ views of themselves, they’re going to start considering whether an academic career is best for them,” Fischer said. “And as they disconnect from that, they might get more engaged in negative behaviors, delinquency behaviors and those have consequences that tend to snowball.”