Does ‘redshirting’ actually benefit kids? Inside the big kindergarten readiness decision parents make – Philly

Interesting idea. Proponents of expanding pre-K appear to want students in the system sooner than layer. Apparently, some educated parents prefer to keep their children out for a year, either purposefully or due to school age cutoff dates.

Although not as prevalent as some think it is, it happens more with young boys than girls. The idea that there is an advange to enroll students late, beyond the need for additional maturity, is interesting. For parents that seek extended and more stringent pre-school, it makes sense the student will do better against peers. Without using the delay for development, not sure how the time helps beyond helping students better cope with the change.

Either way, the article references research that shows any advantage gained only exists until middle school.

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