In my strictly un-scientific observation, it seems more and more of my friends and neighbors have erred on the side of caution when it comes to sending their children to kindergarten. That is, many of the kids I know born just before the old October 16 cut-off date were being “held back” until the next school year by parents who were concerned they just weren’t ready.
Because of a bill signed by Governor Easley, the new kindergarten cut-off date for the 2009-10 school year is August 31. And with kindergarten registration just a few days away in the Wake County schools (February 5), parents who were teetering on the edge may have some relief.
I have seen younger children who tested out of the cut-off excel; one student in my son’s class may soon complete work in nuclear physics (slight exaggeration). But by and large, the students I see in elementary school are physically larger and calendar-year-older when they start down the educational path.
What do you think about this trend? Is more being expected of our children? Are parents being too cautious?
If you live in Wake County and need information about kindergarten registration paperwork or guidelines, check this out: http://www.wcpss.net/newcomer/getting-started/registration/kindergarten.html.