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´Redshirting´ in Kindergarten
Still Subject to Debate

ABC News, by Dina Abou Salem

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 5/26/2013 11:35:24 PM

More parents are putting off a child´s kindergarten entry so he or she will be a little older than the classmates. It´s a phenomenon known as redshirting. "The reasons parents choose to redshirt their child vary, depending on the child´s emotional, social and academic readiness to join school," Dana Vela, president of Sunrise Preschools, in Arizona, said in an interview with ABCNews.com. "It has always been in practice, but it has gotten more attention recently and people are talking more about it," said Vela, a mother of three and a preschool teacher for 25 years. Parents might think their child

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I always thought that school had to do with a mandatory age of a child and went from there. [Of course, I´ve never been a parent]. This sounds as crazy as the parents who send they toddlers of the per-kindergarten, or whatever suspected "smart" kids do.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 5/26/2013 11:47:10 PM     (No. 9346764)

Parents should have a right to control their children´s education. If they think their child is not ready for school, it´s their business and they are likely to know their child much better than so-called educators whose only interest in the child is monetary.

In fact, we´d be better off if we get the government completely out of the education business.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: thelmalou, 5/27/2013 12:21:27 AM     (No. 9346775)

Amen to that, #1. 16yo nephew was held back a year because his parents felt he wasn´t quite ready for kindergarten. 6yo nephew was ready for kindergarten when he was 2. (OK, not quite, but nearly.)


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Reply 3 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 5/27/2013 12:42:52 AM     (No. 9346788)

Starting a child in kindergarten too early often results in a pattern of failure that will follow all the way through the teenage years. Wise parents hold their children back for up to a year.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: montanabound, 5/27/2013 1:40:00 AM     (No. 9346822)

It´s often done for athletics - the kid will be a year bigger and stronger than his competitors.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: killerbee, 5/27/2013 1:53:14 AM     (No. 9346826)

The first sentence of the article reads like the whole purpose of keeping a kid back is just so he/she will be older than the other kids. Like it´s a competitive thing.

My kid was age eligible when he was four. He would have turned 5 in the first months of the school year. We were pressured to put him in Kindergarten, but we refused. He was absolutely not ready at that time. They´ve since pulled back age eligibility so that if he were going in now he´d not have been a candidate. Guess they´re getting a clue

I pity the poor Kindergarten teachers who get kids who are shoved in their classes just because of their birth dates and nothing else.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: get er done, 5/27/2013 1:57:01 AM     (No. 9346829)

I was placed in kindergarten when I was 4 and thus began college when I was 17. I was so small at age 4 that the crossing guard carried me across the street and my mother had a neighbor classmate walk me to school.

I was reading long before kindergarten because our family did not own a TV until I was in second grade. We sat like a row of ducks on the sofa and our father read us the Sunday newspaper comics while our mother cooked Sunday breakfast. Ditto with a book before bedtime while our mother made us a bedtime treat of jello with bananas or ice cream.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 5/27/2013 2:02:37 AM     (No. 9346833)

Turned 5 in second month of kindergarten. Glad I was not redshirted because I matured quickly and it would have been odd shaving in the 6th grade. Like prior poster, I was 17 when I started college. It depends on emotional maturity of a child, too.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: maggie2u, 5/27/2013 2:33:43 AM     (No. 9346839)

Same here poster #2, our oldest was ready when she was three and our third child was a very late talker so we held him back a year. The only problem was he struggled hard in school and in Jr. Hi. there was talk of keeping him in 8th grade another year but I told them he was already a year older than the others and they didn´t wouldn´t want someone his age still in jr. hi.. They agreed.
He´s successful now and has his own business but almost all of that is because he´s a hard worker and is almost gifted when it comes to building anything.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MsMontana, 5/27/2013 3:14:59 AM     (No. 9346845)

I have 7 kids. The older two were 18 when they graduated and the next 2 were 19. The 5th is now 18 and a junior and I WISH I had not held her back. She is so bored with high school and most of the kids her actual age graduated from high school today.

Nothing like having an 18 year old still in high school asserting their adulthood while still in high school. It sucks.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: MsMontana, 5/27/2013 3:17:37 AM     (No. 9346846)

cont.... right now, I have one that will be 5 at the end of August and she is going to Kindergarten precisely for the reason that I do not want to have another 18 year old in high school again...ever. Same goes for her almost 3 year old sister. They´ll graduate when they are 17 and that´s that.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 5/27/2013 3:43:47 AM     (No. 9346852)

#9, let your fifth child take the GEDs and go to community college or find a job doing something she likes... Help her discover her passion, intern somewhere she can learn more about what she loves, they will see her quality work and love, more than likely offer her a job, and she will no longer be bored... and between you and me, do the same for the others, and consider home schooling and starting a business using their passions too...

Our children are our #1 job and America´s legacy... Prepare them well! Don´t depend on anyone else to raise our next generation...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Spidey, 5/27/2013 3:47:47 AM     (No. 9346853)

I don´t understand the value of having the biggest kid in the class. What´s important in the 3-5 year olds development is learning good values from the parents because they don´t teach values in school,unless it´s a form of left wing values.It´s the same with reading and math.If you punt these to the school system,you´ll have an 8 grader reading at a 4th grade level...You´re even crazier if you thing programs like head start will work. A huge part of head start money is now being used to teach adult illegals how to speak and write English.

You have some idiotic left wing scientists saying we´re going through reverse evolution because kids aren´t learning. It´s just a lame excuse for failed school systems.

The other big excuse teachers use is a lack of money and underpaid teachers. The one myth they came up with has imploded and that´s smaller class size.That hasn´t changed results at all.

If kids a being taught climate change,gay rights and muslim acceptance in the 2nd grade,it´s no wonder they don´t learn anything useful.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 5/27/2013 8:32:13 AM     (No. 9347054)

Exactly right #11. Very few of the people in public education really have your child´s interest at heart. Most of them just want a kid that´s quiet and doesn´t make trouble. Sadly, most parents these days seem only to want free day-care for 13 years.

Another problem is a wooden post can get an ed´ degree and then think they are the smartest person in the world. We fought them for years until we finally gave up and pulled all three of ours out of public schools and put them in Catholic schools (we are not Catholic). It was the smartest thing we ever did, if expensive. All three have been very successful academically. I really don´t think they would have done well had we kept them in public schools. One of them probably would not have graduated from high school. He is a brilliant engineer today. He, by the way, was "red-shirted".

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mitzi, 5/27/2013 10:10:04 AM     (No. 9347243)

A "phenomenon"? I didn´t go to kindergarten, nor did my siblings. Back in the "dark ages (1940s/1950s)," school began with the first grade (Catholic school). I turned 6 in mid-June and started in September. There was no kindergarten - just First through Eighth.

Apparently, that was standard starting age - my classmates were all about the same age.

I don´t have kids, but if I did there´s no way on this earth any of them would be in public school.




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Reply 15 - Posted by: cheeflo, 5/27/2013 12:30:20 PM     (No. 9347453)

What´s the origin of the term "redshirting?"

My twin sister and I were a little older than most in our class because we were born in January. My other sister was a little younger because she was born in November. I don´t recall that that was in any way meaningful as we progressed through school.

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