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Moms Talk: Should Student Be Held Back a Year?

If your child's teacher suggested holding him back a year, what would you do?

Suppose your St. Louis first-grader is about to finish the school year. He struggles with reading, and learning doesn't come easily.

He is one of the younger children in the class. His teacher suggests that he be held back a year.

So onto this week's question: What will you do about this?

Laura Falk May 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM
At our school, the teachers know the students incredibly well, and have an excellent sense of each child's strengths and weaknesses. I do not believe they suggest holding back students lightly, so if that was their recommendation, I'd be inclined to accept it. In observing other students who have been retained here, it doesn't seem to have significant social effects - the kids are pretty accepting.

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