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Retention's Negative Effects On College Students

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The process grew complicated back in 2010 when the California legislature changed the age for getting into kindergarten to 5 by Sept. 1. Parents were left wondering if their child was old enough for kindergarten.
Now new research suggests that waiting until the child is a little older might lead to mental health benefits as the students advances through the grades.
According to Thomas Dee of Stanford’s Center for Education Policy Analysis, starting kindergarten at age 7 leads to children who are better able to focus and control their emotions. “Delaying kindergarten virtually eliminates the probability that a child is at risk of ADHD,” he said.
Dee, and his co-author, Hans Henrik Sievertsen of the Danish National Centre for Social Research,
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According to the CDE website, “current literature reveals that retention may have a negative effect on student achievement, school attendance, attitude toward school, and student dropout rates.”
Stanford's Dee also cautions parents not to make decisions based just on the self-regulation benefits he found. Instead, he said, ask these questions: “What do I know about my child? What do I know about the character and curriculum of the kindergarten they would attend?”
For parents whose child might be in a more academic preschool or transitional kindergarten class, Dee suggests talking with the teacher or principal to point out what the “extensive body of research seems to indicate about the role of play.”
Getting more time for imaginative and block play in transitional kindergarten may be a tough sell, he acknowledges. “I think teachers and principals are in a difficult bind here because there is this pressure to improve test scores ... and many school leaders have been pushing the test-based focus down into their earlier grades. But that’s not actually what might help kids really unlock their potential as they
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