With so many parents holding their children back from entering Kindergarten, the average age of Kindergarteners continues to rise, which means that the standards for achievement do as well. In today’s schools, Kindergarteners are expected to be reading and writing from the get-go. As the following article describes, parents are holding their kids back from entering school so that they can perform to higher and higher standards, which puts every child who is not a reader and writer in Kindergarten at a disadvantage. One-on-one tutoring boosts a child’s early literacy skills and gives them back that leverage so that they can perform at the top of their class.
Holding back kids so they’ll enter kindergarten at the ripe old age of six has become such a common practice. Not only are pre-schoolers grabbing an extra year to brush up on their ABCs, they’re also gaining a year of growing time, which many parents believe bestows all sorts of future advantages—mainly for boys. As we approach February 11, the date most of New York City’s private kindergartens mail out acceptance letters, the growing trend of keeping kids in pre-school an extra year is once again stirring heated debate. Many public schools have similar policies, often at the request of parents who want their children to have a head start academically (an extra year of reading can mean better test scores and more self-confidence, at least in the short term).