January 20, 2018

Michigan Urges Earlier School Cut Off Date to Keep 4-year-olds Home

Michigan currently requires kids be 5 by Dec. 1 to enroll in kindergarten, one of just a few states with such a late cutoff date. A growing number of parents and educators would like to see that date changed to Sept. 1, so 4-year-olds would have an extra year to prepare for the increasing demands of kindergarten.  One teacher shows a kindergarten report card from 1963, when the only math knowledge rated was identifying numbers.  In today’s kindergarten classrooms, students are rated on “algebraic equations” and much more. Read more about the pros and cons of moving up the cut off date to Sept. 1.

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