Teaching and learning is difficult with over emphasis on tests.
Voluntarily repeating a grade comes at a cost:1) Class size is
increased.2) Public funds are utilized to subsidize another year of
education that's not needed.Voluntary repeats should be charged
the cost of hiring additional teachers and payback to the government the amount
of money the government gave to the school district for the education of their
child.Otherwise, the 12 years of free public education should end
when they finish the 11th grade.
With boys, they can receive the training for executive functioning of the brain
by being involved in scouting. When scouting is properly run the boys receive
leadership training beginning in cub scouts. I have noticed by the time a
Webeloes scout has completed his training at the age of 11 many of the boys are
capable of being responsible for completing a task, organizing and making
presentations in a group setting. It is a great program to supplement an
education. The scouts also have the opportunity to explore activities of
interest of their choice. Some badges are required, but they still have the
opportunity to expand their experience and knowledge base. I don't see any
reason for repeating the 8th grade if one has had a positive scouting
I would have resented my parents forever had they made me repeat the 8th grade.
American school is far too easy as it is already. More children should be
graduating a year or two ahead of schedule, not a year behind.
Junior high was hell and there no way I wanted to go through that one more year
than I had too...