CHICAGO, June 4, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- With summer almost here, students nationwide are celebrating the close of another school year. Many other children, however, will end the year feeling defeated about their poor academic performance. Will they have to repeat a grade? Or will they move ahead with classmates despite lagging behind benchmark standards? Even today's youngest students are worried and suffering, and the educational system and even society at large often downplay their vulnerability, according to Dr. Tanya Foster-DeMers, a Chicago-based, award-winning teacher and president of TAF™ Educational LLC ( When children start school with academic performance that...

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