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I'm currently a Sophomore (10th grade) who skipped 4th grade. Skipping a grade and being the youngest in every class (13!) has made absolutely no difference whatsoever with my education. Nobody can even tell I'm a lot younger, and there are plenty of smaller people walking around.
I remember first wanting to skip grades at a public school where the principal simply said no thanks. My mom was very upset and simply went to the principal at the other public school a couple blocks away, where they gladly let me skip. The point is, try somewhere else!
No one has ever teased me, and everyone was always jealous of me. I wasn't even that social before or anything and didn't have any friends but no one even cared because it "was cool" (One less year of pointless school!)
Switching grades has made no negative impact whatsoever in my life. In fact instead of making fun of me other kids wished they were me; one even had his mom go complain (He never skipped)
School itself is very boring and pointless, the "Math" and "English" they teach you is meaningless crap after 1st grade, all designed to kill time so that it reduces job competition in the workplace. You will never use anything you are taught after 2nd grade, sorry. So one less year of that sounds great to me!
As for any parent or idiot teacher out there who thinks skipping a grade is awful, please look at yourself in the mirror and realize that our "education" system itself does absolutely nothing, and that if your child gets "teased", hopefully your child - who was smart enough to skip grades in the first place - realizes what idiots those jerks are. If some kids making fun of them make him/her sad, maybe they aren't such a smart cookie after all!
One size fits all education, determining grade or course placement by age, is a factory model instituted years ago to facilitate easier management of children. Education should be prescriptive, just as medicine is prescriptive. What are the student's strengths and needs, and what will best provide optimal learning? It is important that the student be a part of educational decisions and that on-going guidance/support be components of these decisions.
Asking about the efficacy of skipping a grade assumes that the current structure of forcing students into grade bubbles based on their birthdays has any merit in the first place.
I'm entering the 8th grade, and I am tired of not even having to try in school and get straight A's and awards in math team and Model UN. It's all way too easy. And I'm in all honors classes and every academic club you can partake in. I already know the 8th grade cirriculum, in fact I'm probably going to skip. About the whole interaction with older kids may 'harm them socially', that's so untrue. All of my friends are older. And although I may not be good at spelling, I can kick it with the big kids in any field at any time. And I'm not the only one. A lot of kids at my school should skip, but most of them don't want the challenge. I haven't been challenged since 1st grade. I have never studied for a test or made a reasonable effort on any assignment, other than in music class beacause I love it, since that year. I need a challenge and I want to skip. It may not be best for everyone but for some people, it truly is.
I also skipped 2 grades(4th and 7th), and agree that it did not effect me socially. In fact, most people don't believe I am at least 2 years younger than them. I have to show them my ID to prove it. What I'm getting at is that I never encountered the problem of having people pick on me for being younger. That may be because of my towering size, but more likely it is because I went to private schools where bullying would result in severe punishment.
It's very disappointing that public schools struggle so much to keep students challenged. My daughter thrived in her montessori preschool and now is so incredibly bored in kindergarten. I really wish they could just keep her challenged in the same grade, but it looks like I'll have to skip her if I want her at all challenged and in public school. I'm expecting to have the same problem with my son, who is now in Montessori. Give me my tax dollars back so I can choose private schools!
I'm a gifted Gr. 12 student, who as a result of many things, - which I will not start discussing as it will take too much time - skipped Gr. 9. Personally, I never faced any of the problems that the people have listed here whether it be being bullied or failing at Phys. ed. (but that is probably because I'm also one of the most athletic people in my grade). Even in a lot of my non-gifted Gr. 12 classes, I'm bored to death by the sheer ignorance of students or the slow pace at which the teacher moves. Therefore, I shudder to think of how bored I would be in a Gr. 11 class. Socially speaking, I've always been very gregarious and have thus, easily made friends. I mean, if you can handle skipping a grade socially and academically, my question would be, why would you bother to stay at a level which is beneath you? Why waste your time?
I feel that it has a negative effect and a positive effect on the student in question. I have gone through this and I also started school early because of my late November birthday. I have always excelled in academics but when It comes to athletics I am so much worse than the other kids. I am in the 8th grade and 12 years old. Normally in gym I am made fun of due to my lack of height and muscles but in the class room I am looked up to when some students need help. Many times I am toldthat I can't answer questions because I know to much. If I could do it all over again I would not have skipped the grade.
I am a senior that has skipped 2 grades, 1st and 2nd, and i have to say that socially i was not affected as much as you guys say. I mean i have gotten into fights because older kids tried to bully me but once you set your reputation as a "fighter" kids respect you, no matter your intellegence. When i was in 3rd grade this kid (4th grader, and 3 years older) tried to steal my money and i fought back, i got my ass handed to me but i got a reputation of being able to protect myself (i opened the kids cheekbone). After that my dad put me in boxing, then in 3rd grade another kid tried to bully me (i think it was over Yugioh cards, so stupid and imature looking back), this time i knocked the kid out cold. After that i was viewed as a kid with good morals and selfrespect, kids respect that, much like in lord of the flies.
My mom is a teacher in my high school, and even like that im still respected, im graduating with honors. What ever you do do not keep moving the child from school to school, now that and skipping a grade hurts their ability to socialise.
I guess my point is that if you teach a child to keep his head high and be out going there will be short term consequences (black eye, two head cuts) but in the long term it will be fine, and i say above avarage.
Advise, if you have a child that has skipped a grade put him in boxing or wrestling, have to say i love my dad for putting me in that. It also helps you release stress ;)
If a child can master more advanced material, let them. It may or may not be appropriate to place them in a social situation with older children. Learning should be based on the individual, not a herd. Montessori schools can do it, why not most public schools?