Can Retention Be Good for a Student?
Barbara Williamson/AED 200|
Grade retention is the act of holding a child back a grade in order for them to hopefully catch up with the other students. Sometimes a student can fall behind in their reading, writing or even math maybe they do not understand or maybe they just need a little extra time. Grade retention has been around for at least a hundred years, the question is “Is it worth it to hold a child back a grade or let them continue with the same age children?” Is it worth it to let the child struggle and never catch up or retain them with the intent that they can catch up after reviewing the material again. If a child struggles they usually develop low self-esteem and some result in dropping out of school, struggling is not the answer for any child.
School retention gives the children truly behind a chance to catch up academically, and some may need to mature a little more. It is an important decision to make regarding your children, in your heart there are several reasons that you may not want to hold them back like their age, size and friends that they have already made. However if done at the right age preferable in the early elementary stage you can see a child who was once struggling go from poor grades to on top of the class. Some children do not mature as quickly as others, especially if they did not attend a pre-k or any other social group before starting school. Having this in mind when you make your decision will help you a lot.
I have had to make this very difficult decision in my life regarding my second grader. I too struggled with this choice for many weeks because of size, age and all of his friends since kindergarten. I was afraid that he would be picked on or feel inadequate. My child is very tall and this was a big issue for me because I could see the children that would be in his second grade class next year, and they were all much smaller than him. I never wanted him to feel ashamed or not good anough because he was having a hard time reading. The teacher and I talked of many different options like summer school. However after much thought regarding that, is it fair for him to miss summer and not even have a break before school start again in the fall? I did not want him to be burned out before the school year even began and then there is the chance that the shorten summer period was not enough time for him to pick up the skills he was lacking. Next was the tutor option for the summer, however we had tried this the year before with his previous teacher and it did not work out , half way through the summer she moved away ,and we were on our own again. So here I was faced with a horrible decision regarding the love of my life.
I have found that when facing a tough decision it is best to hit the books and the Internet for some answers so that is what I did. There seems to be mixed reviews regarding this decision, some feel it is the best choice and others disagree. Studies have confirmed that when a student is retained they have outperformed the other students the next year. The best time to retain a child is found to be in the kindergarten or first grade level so that on an emotional level they will not be affected as much. However my child was already in second grade so where did that leave me. “According to best estimates, nearly 2.5 million students are retained each year in United States schools, with the highest rates found in boys.” One thing in common I had a boy, “National Research Council found that 25 percent were between the ages of 6 to 8 year olds, 30 percent of 9 to 11 year olds have been retained at least once in their life time.” This was interesting to me because my son was eight, when retained between eight and nine- year -olds did very well. They had found that at this age the child was old enough to understand that they needed to work harder to learn the material and they...