Parents are starting kids late in school after 20 years of intensive pre-school to give the kids "an edge". Sigh. Okay, I exaggerate. But not much:
Children who turn 5 even in June or earlier are sometimes considered not ready for kindergarten these days, as parents harbor an almost Darwinian desire to ensure that their own child is not the runt of the class. Although a spate of literature in the last few years about boys’ academic difficulties helped prompt some parents to hold their sons back a year, girls, too, are being held back. Yet research on whether the extra year helps is inconclusive.
Fueled by the increasingly rigorous nature of kindergarten and a generation of parents intent on giving their children every edge, the practice is flourishing in New York City private schools and suburban public schools. A crop of 5-year-olds in nursery school and kindergartners pushing 7 are among the most striking results.
Here's the thing, I do see the value in starting a kid later if they're immature--especially boys. But come on! Parents are competing for their kids...for what? I know parents who have their above average children enrolled in a lackluster school district so that their kid can graduate at the top of the class. So, it has come to this: strategizing when the child is three for the child's future.
Is it just me, or has this gone too far?