Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Legally Codified Stunting
With a mid-November birthday, my son, the 5.92 year old Prince, is on the kindergarten/1st grade threshold.
If we stayed in Massachusetts, he'd have missed the *be 5 by September 1st* cut-off date for kindergarten last year. Although here in New York, he'd have just made the November 30th cut-off and been legally eligible for 1st grade this year.
However, almost all parents of boys his age end up *holding them back* a year so they go from the youngest in their class to the oldest. In fact, I don't think I've met a single one yet whose child was born close to the cutoff and opted to NOT HOLD THEM BACK.
Furthermore, I've met plenty of people whose children (mostly boys) were born as early as JULY and have still decided to hold them back a year. And I'm not here in *football country* either - where priority-deficient parents are purposely deferring their kids' education so they will be *that much bigger and stronger on the football field*. (A real phenomena in many parts of America!)
Though even when the parents are relieved of their children (liberated for shopping, yoga, and tennis) another *monumental* choice presents itself:
Half-day kindergarten or full-day kindergarten???
Ooooooooohhhh....don't want to mess up this decision...
Most people I know go for *full-day* even though it might cost money. Hey, if both parents work it's a freakin' no-brainer.
Though, guess what - in Massachusetts anyway, these kindergartens are apparently LEGALLY BOUND to NOT TEACH the full-day students any more than they teach the half-day ones!
So they drag out the full-day with naptime, recess, snacks, and other extra-curricular activities.
See also - BeHold Moronic Little Kids.