On Tuesday, Michigan governor Rick Snyder passed into law a change in minimum Kindergarten age. Effective beginning of school year 2015, all Kindergarten”children must be 5 years old at the start of the school year (by Sept. 1) instead of the previous cut-off date of Dec. 1.”
While many comments on the AnnArbor.com posting reporting this law were unhappy with the new law, it’s time that Michigan constituents understand that Michigan government is simply catching up with the trends and changes.
I was forced to stay in Preschool for an extra year because My birthday was December 5th, not before the 1st. I was always one of the oldest kids in my class, And never felt like the ages around me were the ages I should of been around. I turned 6 in Kindegarten, when most kids were barely 5. I was always sent to the principles office because “I talked too much”, yet could repeat back to the teacher exactly what she was talking about. Being 6 and in kindegarten put me at a disadvantage because the kidegarten curriculum did not keep me engaged. I think the Cutback on the date will make it even worse, and create an even bigger age gap in classes with young children. -Julia Herbst
Comments from those involved in education, the teachers, express what I’ve been saying for several years:
… I teach middle school and often see the later effects of the ones that start school at age four. I like to point out that you’re not only sending a four year old to kindergarten, but you’re also sending a ten year old to middle school and a thirteen year old to high school. Yikes. –Shine16
…Nine times out of ten the “late birthday” students are NOT ready for school. They had issues with rules, academics, and behavior… -Gloria, former Kindergarten teacher
Naysayers, please realize that the Kindergarten curriculum is different now than it was when you were in Kindergarten. Kindergarten has been deemed “the new first grade” and the expectations for commencement to first grade are higher–making younger students struggle more in Kindergarten.
Consider, also, a soon-to-be college student who will turn 18 in December because of a later cut-off in his school. His assigned Freshman roommate turned 19 last week because his parents red-shirted him in Kindergarten. The age gap is only increasing due to the strains and expectations, nationwide, of educational curriculum.
For more reading:
- I share my personal experience regarding why we opted to “red shirt” my son, based on previous students.
- I share how you can relax when making this stressful choice, based on my experience with my kids.
- Use this check-list to help you determine if you should send your child to Kindergarten this year.
- Baby Center’s Kindergarten Readiness checklist
All quotes from AnnArbor.com
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