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(ABC)   Helicopter parenting rises to new altitudes: "Redshirting" kids at kindergarten so they are bigger, better at sports, and more academically adept than their peers   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 18
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2013-05-27 07:50:46 AM  
27 votes:
I've seen that show, it never ends well for the guy in the red shirt.
2013-05-27 10:57:35 AM  
5 votes:
We didn't have this shiat when I was a kid.  My father sent me to kindergarten when I was two.  We were too poor to afford red shirts so Dad would backhand us until our torsos and arms were beat red and say "There's your shirts, pussies."  Seeing as this was back before buses had been invented, the old man had to set us up on tees out in the yard and punt us to school.  If it was one of our birthdays, he would tie a pillow to our face before lining up like Janikowski  and sending us on our way to the learnin' factory.  Once there, the teacher taught us our ABCs by swiping the letters on to our bodies with a swashbuckler sword until we got that shiat right.  Zorro style.  Before we could graduate and move on to first grade, we had to defeat President Taft in an Alaskan leg wrestling match.  I got held back four times before I put that fat fark on the ground.  Dad was so proud that day that he punched me in the face twice, while shouting 'Snitches get stiches!"  By the time we were ready for college, which was about age nine, we laughed in the faces of the Ivy League schools that were begging us to come to their schools.  When the guy from Harvard got on his knees and said, "I'll suck yo dick!", I simply scratched my beard and laughed the mighty laugh of my people.  Then I proceeded to pull out my junk and batted that guy over the neighboring four counties.  Because back then we all had beards and huge cocks.  Kids are just weak today.
2013-05-27 08:57:39 AM  
4 votes:
Yeah but if they beam down with Kirk and McCoy, they're farked.
2013-05-27 02:42:34 PM  
2 votes:
"Son, it's bigger because you're 18."
2013-05-27 11:12:27 AM  
2 votes:
I know Gladwell's not cool around these parts, but Outliers pretty much convinced me that this is one of the best ways you can give your kid a leg up in school if you can't arrange to just have him born to older, richer, more Jewish parents, preferably in the 1870s.
2013-05-27 10:26:25 AM  
2 votes:
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2013-05-27 09:25:13 AM  
2 votes:
My older son went when he was ready. There has been a hiccup or two along the way because he's the youngest in his class. But he does fine. Sports doesn't really matter since most around here are done by age anyway. My younger son waited a year because he just wasn't ready. It worked out well too. There's these things called teachers and sometimes they use assessments to help parents decide when is the right time to enroll. I suggest seeking them out if there are any in your area. They seem really helpful.
2013-05-27 10:39:21 PM  
1 votes:

Anthracite: My soon to be 6 yr old starts Kindergarten this fall. I was informed at his IEP meeting that they have a new goal of being able to read, spell and write 40 words. They addred the write part this year and the kindergarten teacher is not amused with this. They are also supposed to be able to write a 3 sentence paragraph and write a picture to go along with it. Looks like ill have another kid to homeschool after next year. Sotime the do better when its slowed up and given more time. But my little guy can't even write his name very well right now. Took them 6 months to get him to make an X properly. Yet this is what hew is supposed to  do in the next 9 months after he returns from school. riiiiight.


I'm thinking home schooling might not be the way to go.
2013-05-27 12:36:59 PM  
1 votes:
We need more big dumb kids.

For employment in the armed forces...

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2013-05-27 11:41:57 AM  
1 votes:
My wife's nephew (more accurately - the nephew's crazy ass wife) decided to redshirt all of their kids with the specific intent of giving them a leg up on their peers regarding both academics and sports. Related: She also thinks Jesus rode a dinosaur into the sunset. Or the fossils were placed on earth by the hand of God to test our faith or something.

The kids are all < 10 so the jury is still out on how her cunning plan is going to work out. I'll report back in this thread in 5 years to let you all know the outcome.
2013-05-27 11:13:53 AM  
1 votes:

Anthracite: My soon to be 6 yr old starts Kindergarten this fall. I was informed at his IEP meeting that they have a new goal of being able to read, spell and write 40 words. They addred the write part this year and the kindergarten teacher is not amused with this. They are also supposed to be able to write a 3 sentence paragraph and write a picture to go along with it. Looks like ill have another kid to homeschool after next year. Sotime the do better when its slowed up and given more time. But my little guy can't even write his name very well right now. Took them 6 months to get him to make an X properly. Yet this is what hew is supposed to  do in the next 9 months after he returns from school. riiiiight.


6 months to learn how to cross 2 lines to make an "X"? Sounds like you made a gas station attendant - good for you!
2013-05-27 11:06:15 AM  
1 votes:

Anthracite: Oh and get to kow what they are getting ready to shove down your kids throats. Look up Common Core by Bill Gates. There is a new set of rules coming down the pike in the way they are going to teach the kids. They could not bring the scores up so they are dumbing down the lessons.


Aren't you the guy who was just complaining that teaching a 6 year old anything more complicated than making an X was pushing them too hard?
2013-05-27 10:26:15 AM  
1 votes:
I was "redshirted" when I was grade school...but in a more of a "Star Treky" way :(
2013-05-27 10:19:24 AM  
1 votes:

ukexpat: sno man: I've seen that show, it never ends well for the guy in the red shirt.

That was my first thought - the "security guy" in the red shirt never made it back to the Enterprise.


My wife and I rented the first Star Trek reboot last week to refresh our memories before seeing Into Darkness.  I laughed when I noticed the third guy that went to disable the big drilling machine with Kirk and Sulu had a red shirt on.
2013-05-27 10:15:45 AM  
1 votes:
When I enroll my daughter in kindergarten, it will be to stop paying for daycare.

/aren't they the same thing?
2013-05-27 10:14:48 AM  
1 votes:

BolshyGreatYarblocks: sno man: I've seen that show, it never ends well for the guy in the red shirt.

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Speak for yourself, cornuto.  I liberated my homeland; what have you done with your life?


Yeah but Garibaldi's on a totally different show.
2013-05-27 10:09:16 AM  
1 votes:

sno man: I've seen that show, it never ends well for the guy in the red shirt.


library.sc.edu

Speak for yourself, cornuto.  I liberated my homeland; what have you done with your life?
2013-05-27 09:04:35 AM  
1 votes:

Mugato: Yeah but if they beam down with Kirk and McCoy, they're farked.


And as Galaxy Quest pointed out, they just get called "Crewman".
 
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