Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Graying of Kindergarten

From WSJ:

The Graying of Kindergarten

July 18, 2008, 12:55 pm

A new study draws attention to the social consequences of a decades-old trend in parenting: having kids start school a year later. For years, research showing the benefits of being an older first-grader, as well as the experience of countries like Finland where schooling doesn’t start until age seven, has encouraged parents and teachers to “redshirt” kids. In 1968, 96% of six-year-olds were enrolled in first grade or above. By 2005, that number had fallen to 84%. The percentage of six-year-olds enrolled in school, meanwhile, stayed about the same. What does that mean for late-starting schoolchildren years down the road — and for the rest of us?

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