July 25, 2011
Is your baby getting ready to start kindergarten this fall? Have you thought about waiting a year to give him or her a leg up over the competition? Today’s competitive school setting and athletic realm have made some parents decide to postpone their children’s entry into kindergarten to give them an intellectual and physical edge over their peers. According to Parenthood.com this is known as academic redshirting.
The U.S. Department of Education report in 2000, the most recent figures available, states about 9 percent of first- and second-graders started kindergarten a year late. Experts say the trend has continued. When this happens, the age gap within one class is often 16 months or more.
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