September 21, 2017

Rethink Redshirting Young Kindergartners

Don’t redshirt young kids, or delay the start of kindergarten if they will be amongst the youngest in the class. This is what the authors of a new book Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College argue.

The reason?  The more exposure to school, the better; delaying kindergarten by a year also holds kids back at the time when their brains are most quickly learning and absorbing information. The argument reminds me of my recent post The Case for Year Round School.  The more school the better.

At a time when academic competition is stiffer than ever, the writers even argue skipping a grade for academically gifted children has even better long-term benefits than redshirting, citing many long term studies.  Read more about this story at the New York Times.

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