Should kids skip a grade?
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#1 Aug 8, 2010
My daughter's local public school system was responsible for pushing her to "skip" second grade. An educator myself, I was opposed and proposed different methods of dealing with the problem. The school system was unwilling to consider the other options, even though they would not have cost the system additional money. Although my daughter eventually adjusted and her experience would probably have been considered a "success," I still do not think it was the best option for her. However, I know the experience would have been much more difficult if she had been a boy and not been able to get her license, etc until her senior year.
#2 Aug 8, 2010
Unless all schools are equal, this cannot work.
From my own experience (40 years ago), I was doing trigonometry and precalculus in one school system during 4th and 5th grade; but, as a navy brat, I soon found myself enrolled in the middle of my 5th grade school year into a another school system that was still doing long division as their most advanced math. I was bumped up a grade.
Again, moving to yet another school system the following year, I was then seen as requiring remedial math to meet the requirements of THIS school. This schools system was advanced, causing me to appear quite stupid compared to my then current classmates.
I guess I'm saying that the public schools need a standardized curriculum before asking the question, "Should kids skip a grade?". It could come back to haunt the child, as it did with me.
Think in terms of the differences between Princess Anne high school in Virginia Beach, and Norview high school in Norfolk - back in the 70's. I went thru that mess as well during forced busing.
Are today's public schools really any better?
#3 Aug 8, 2010
I was in 1st grade in Lincoln Park, Michigan...1953. I would get my work done, then work ahead in my work books. I was reading at a 3rd grade level. Tracing letters to learn to print? BORING. My mom taught me 'cursive'. Reading Dick & Jane: SEE SPOT. SEE SPOT RUN. GAG, PUKE! I read the comics, the newspaper, anything I could get my hands on, I read. I didn't bother anyone in class, I just kept busy, but my mother said the teacher noticed the difference between me and the other kids. I was bumped up to 2nd grade by Thanksgiving. I already had a library card which my grandmother got for me right after my 5th birthday.
In 3rd grade somehow I had heard of Shakespear and "Romeo and Juliet". I went to the library but the librarian wouldn't let me check it out. So, I'd take the book back to a table and read it. I also read the "Taming of the Shrew", "MacBeth", and couple of others...at the library because I was too young to check them out. I now read 2 - 3 books at a time, going from one to the other. My sister-in-law is in college and emails me her papers to critique and correct.
Being forced to learn....nah. I wanted to learn on my own.
No, I didn't go to Harvard or Yale. I joined the Navy. I used my GI Bill to go to college...to learn things I wanted to learn. I didn't go for a degree. When my GI bill ran out, I quit.
My grandson is now in 1st grade and reads at a 4.3 grade level (4th grade, 3rd month). He still is at the emotional level of a first grader, though.
#4 Aug 8, 2010
You can help me lick the windows on the short bus!(^_~)
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