Middle school on repeat: Why some parents want their children to take 8th grade twice

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 10, 2014 6:50 p.m.

    Junior high was hell and there no way I wanted to go through that one more year than I had too...

  • Patrick Henry West Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    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.

  • sally Kearns, UT
    June 10, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    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 experience.

  • Poqui Murray, UT
    June 10, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    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.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 10, 2014 1:51 p.m.

    Teaching and learning is difficult with over emphasis on tests.