The Answer Sheet: redshirting


Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 11/09/2009

The rush to hold kids back – does it make sense?

In the past few years, jurisdictions across the country have moved to push back the starting age for kindergarten, including Montgomery County and the District of Columbia. Some believe that older children are more mature and academically-inclined than their younger counterparts. States also see it as a quick way to boost test scores. And parents may be increasingly jumping aboard this trend toward “redshirting,” holding children out of school until they are older or having them repeat a grade. It is not at all unusual to see a 6 1/2 year old in kindergarten or a high school freshman old enough to get a driver’s license. Is it really best for kids?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:20 AM ET, 11/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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