For parents of children with birthdays close to the date of the termination of the registration of kindergartens, the debate can start almost as soon as they are born: Should we put on the red shirt? Will she soon be ready for kindergarten?
The red scarf, originally invented as a term for athletes from college who were prevented from competing for one year to improve their skills and expand their ability, is now often used to describe the act of keeping a child from starting a kindergarten for an additional year. This is most commonly in children who have summer birthdays or birthdays falling very close to the date of school interruption.
Is it really a child's preference to be "red-shirted" for debate? but now, a new study shows that students who were born in August and who are among the youngest in their kindergarten classes are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
Reporter Jenny Anderson writes about Quartz for the study, published this week by researchers at the Harvard Medical School.
Here's how a child's birthday can shape his experience at school: Imagine that you live in a school district with a break on September 1, which means your child should be five years old until September 1 in order to start school. This means that a boy named Lucas, who has reached five on August 15, will enroll in the same class as Jack, which will turn six on September 15.
Jack is alive nearly 20% longer than little Lucas. Developmentally, this is eternity. He is likely to have better self-control and will be better equipped to do things that are needed in the school, as they sit and listen for a long time.
"Given that children are growing up, small age differences equilibrate and decay over time, but the behavior of thinking, the difference between the 6th and 7th years can be quite pronounced," said researcher Anunam Jena an associate professor of health care policy at the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School. What's normal for a five-year-old is as apogee for the six-year-olds.
The study found that in districts with a disconnection date of 1 September, children born in August were 34 percent more likely than their peers from September to September to receive a diagnosis of chronic attention deficit disorder. Symptoms of ADHD may include hyperactivity, inattention, sitting difficulties, lack of focus, or inability to follow the guidelines.
Personally, my husband and I red-shirted our son. He has a birthday by the end of September and in our school, the intersection is October 1. Closer to the time when we had to make a decision, the clearer it was that he would not be ready – either academically or emotionally, to cross two hours at preschool four days a week to a full day kindergarten month before turning up as long as five years. And his pre-school teachers clearly showed that they could no longer agree.
Fortunately, we had the option (and financial means) to enter a pre-school program specifically for children in this situation; it was five days a week and more academically rigorous than the regular 4-year program (but less than a kindergarten). And even now, with my son progressing to second grade, I can not imagine that he will be prosperous in third grade if we wrote him a year earlier.
But the choice of everyone is a luxury that many parents do not have. Many parents can not afford another year of childcare or pre-school. And one parent in our Facebook group at Offspring felt forced to register his son to kindergarten so he could hold various educational services for him.
"He received pre-school treatment through a school-based program for some developmental delays (gross motor, fine motor, speech). These therapies expire at the age of 5 with the assumption that your child then continues the therapies through the special school area," says Jennifer , whose son turned five weeks before the date of school break in August.
"If I got him to wait a year, his therapies will stop, and I will have to pay my pocket for three therapists in a year, and then I will reconsider for therapies in district schools, which they could discard. school and his dedication to therapy in the school field was the only solution that really made sense. "
Because the other parents chose to postpone the kindergarten, her son ended up in a class with a wide range of ages, which made him wonder: "Will he look so far behind if everyone goes only when they are 5 years old? Or he is so much more delayed, because half of these children were lucky enough to be able to wait? "
Other parents in the Facebook group say they have or are still thinking about everything from the child's social and academic skills as to how their physical size compares with the children of their age. Some parents take into account personal experiences to be among the eldest or youngest when they were at school.
Or there are some, like Matt, who choose what can be considered a compromise: "Our current plan is to enroll in a kindergarten and see how things go," Matt said. "The worst case, he repeats the kindergarten for another year. Every child is different, so each parent should make the best decision for their family."