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(ABC News)   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
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2013-05-28 10:31:05 AM  

Johnny Football Star: To me it sounds like you're treating childhood as a race to complete, rather than something that could be enjoyable. What is the real benefit to the child of graduating at 17 instead of 18? Starting college 12 months earlier? Getting a job 12 months earlier? Having one more year of life spent on your career vs spent in childhood? By themselves, are those things really good? It's not as though by graduating from high school or college a year sooner the child won't have to compete to be successful at the next level - they'll simply have to compete a year sooner. It is really better to give a person one less year of what we would normally consider childhood, and is that year really a waste?

Your method chooses how he spends the time. Mine gives the time back to him to spend as he pleases. It does not penalize him in any way to start him in school "early" - it definitely removes all possible choice he may have in the matter, long before he could possibly understand it, to go your way.

Hell, if nothing else, it would allow him taking an extra year in college versus spending a later year in High School "being a kid." If you ever went to college, you can't possibly argue the latter is better than the former.
2013-05-28 11:12:13 AM  
This, like so many things, is a continuum: helicopter coddler assholes on one side and douchebag my kid is the most important in all society assholes on the other.  Most parents are in the middle and trying to do what's right.  Which doesn't make a very interesting story.
2013-05-28 12:14:17 PM  
For decades now, I've held this idea that schools should have classrooms based on subject-by-level and the students move to the appropriate rooms at certain times of the day.  Literacy in the morning.  Math before lunch.  "Special Areas" (Art, Music, PE, Library, Computer Lab) while age groups cycle through recesses.  Science after lunch.  Social Studies before dismissal.  Test every 6 weeks to see which students has mastered the content for that class and can move on to the next level for that subject.  Recycle the ones who don't pass.  (Anyone else remember the days of doing it over until you got it right?) There is no failure, just success-when-ready.  Couple this structure with year-round school (I work year-round.  They need to get used to the idea too!) with year-round admissions so that children can start exactly when they turn 5, and you solve the age-related societal issues.  ECE laws are still upheld as those students are still in a "regular classroom environment".  When you turn 18, your transcript shows the level you achieved per subject.  (No GPA's!)  That would go on your resume to tell employers your  strengths and weaknesses.  Adult-Ed classes can increase those scores if needed.  Sports can be handled through outside agencies not related to schools.


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2013-05-28 04:00:09 PM  
stay behind a year... Brilliant! Smoke me a kipper.

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