Social Promotion And Self-Esteem

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Social Promotion is defined the practice promoting a child to the next grade level regardless of skill mastery in the belief that it will promote self-esteem. According the the Center for Development & Learning, it is estimated that as many as 15% of American students are held back each year, and 30% – 50% of students in the US are retained at least once before ninth grade. Social promotion advocates claim that holding students back and forcing them to repeat a grade causes them to have a “negative” education experience. I for one disagree with this theory.
In the May of 2006, my husband and I made the decision of not letting our daughter be another statistic of “social promotion”, and held her back in Kindergarten. It was the best decision
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