How to push ahead, stay back
For the best start at school, stop at home -Times Online
Like most aspirational trends it is already so rampant across the United States that it has an American name: “redshirting”.
This is an American football term, but refers to the practice of pushy parents pushing for their child to start primary school a year late. That doesn’t sound good, I hear you say. ....But science has finally proved what teachers have known for years: being the youngest in your class can damage your chances, for life.
Parents aren’t stupid. And pushy parents are the least stupid of all. Yes, we could tinker with the rule that states children in England have to start school in the year they turn 5. But the same effect is shown from Canada, which is more flexible about when a child starts school, to the more regimented Japan. Since the advantage is not in being older, but simply that you are older than your classmates, in any given group some children will always be the poor young ones.
And guess who is more likely to be among the poor young ones? Yes, the poor....