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I am a 15 year old girl in the 11th grade and i skipped 1st grade. and on the first day off second grade i cried and cried and thought it was horrible, but i ended up loving the fact that my mom decided to let my pricipal skip me to the next grade, so it does help.
Sorry to bust your bubble but some children are smarter then other children and parents are inquiring to find out a better solution for their children because the school curriculum is not made equal to everyone. If your child is learning A, B, C's in Kindergarter and they've already learned that in Pre-K, what is the point? The schools system is very backwards, that is why in other Countries they are so much more advanced than we are. Wake-up, you sound selfish and ignorant.
I skipped thee third grade and it was a great decision. You won't end up in the same predicament as in the first place unless you're a super genius. I used to be able to spend a total of 10 minutes on an assignment and still get A+s and a 98 percentile. I skipped a grade and now I work hard and get As and Bs and I couldn't be happier.
If your kid can skip a grade and is emotionally stable and mature enough, then let him/her.
But if your kid is not psychologically ready for it, then they will most likely resort to excessive cursing and low-cut shirts and general immaturity to be just like their older peers. I've seen it happen--correction: I'm currently witnessing it in my classmates. So make sure your kid is ready before you skip a grade!
A poll doesn't really matter. Research matters. The truth is that grade skipping works. Check out:
Skip as early as possible. Waiting until later grades makes it more difficult.
Bernice (below), you are gifted but don't realize it. Girls dumb themselves down as early as age four to fit in socially.
Rebecca (below) is the exception - most grade skipped kids are better off both academically AND socially. Read the research.
Spike (below), read the research. As early as 1971, it was widely known that NOT challening gifted kids causes emotional problems. Check this link (bottom bullet of page 11 in .pdf):
Bob, you just don't know what you are talking about.
Sadly, this site provides little guidance for gifted education. It would be nice if philanthropists like Mr. Lucas could step up where the federal government fails ($10 million for gifted ed vs. $10 BILLION for learning disabled).
I am the product of lack of challenge. I skipped 8th grade, but by then, I had learned that I didn't need to put in any effort. I am not a genius or "gifted" just moderately smart and a very fast learner. The trouble is, once the slack habits are developed, it's almost impossible to reverse them. I could have won scholarships, but I preferred to do no work and focus on my social life. Since I was getting A's and B's, no one complained or bothered me about lack of effort. Now that I have a son in first grade, complaining about how spelling is boring and they draw too many pictures instead of learning things, I know that I need to address it fast. Many of these suggestions are great, but I can't wait a generation for public education to change. I need good ideas for how to work with the system we have now. Incidentally, I avoided teaching my son to read or do math prior to kindergarten so he would have some challenge. It worked for that year...what now?
My child is being asked to promote by his teacher, not by us as his parents. I've always known he was bright, and advanced for his age, but I never saw this coming. He is 6 weeks into the 4th grade and the teacher is asking us to consider moving him into the 5th. He already attends a private school which is a minimum of 6 months ahead of public school. Because we plan to home school in High School we are having trouble seeing why this might be a problem. Socially his is fine, knows all of the children in the 5th grade and would integrate well. What a decision!
I was one of those student who was skipped a grade. I skipped the 7th grade. The social/emotional part of the equation began to catch up with me in high school towards the end. I was only 16 when I graduated and 17 when I began college. That's when not only the social/emotional portion played a factor, but the academics caught up with me as well. I was only 20 years old when I graduated college. I was not emotionally ready to tackle the world at this point. If I could so it over again, I would not want to skip the grade. Even though I would have needed enrichment to match my level of acheivemnt, it would have been better for me in the long run. I will do anything I can as a teacher now to provide that enrichment to gifted students. I have always cautioned parents against skipping a grade. I have lived the long term consequences, both positive and negative. I feel I can speak with authority on this one.
I was in a new public school system last year. At the beginning of the year, the teachers and other staff remarked at his nice behavior and his academic capability. I thought that sounded nice, and all was good. For the rest of the year though, when he needed academic challenge, he was asked to escort disruptive children to the office. Apparently the children would sit out on a bench together and do nothing but socialize until there was time for them to be seen in a big school.
My son learned how to talk back, he got bored and angry, and started trying to avoid school. He couldn't sleep at night becuase of the mounting stress. He learned falsely, when you speak up for yourself in a nice way, no one listens. Is it a wonder he began acting out?
I had to pull him out finally and have been in the process of recovering from his frustrations since then. You have to feel really sad and let down when your child is telling you he is bored and the school is asking you to hire a psychologist to tell him that he needs to just deal with it. I'm sure that we wouldn't want anyone in the work field to be told to lower their level of work, because that's how it is. It's not good for anyone.
It was very frustrating. This year, I've decided I would like him to skip a grade. Before I worried about social preparedness and other things...but that experience was so stressful and I know he is so capable. The more settled he is, the more I am able to work and care for our family's needs and when there is time, I enjoy volunteering in the school to bring enrichment to other children too. It's important for the schools to be at their best, so we as parents can do our work with focus.
I think, if the school has the resources to allow the children to progress and thrive in a healthy, positive way, everyone wins. I have faith that our children can still be close to their peers in other ways. Besides that, at work, do we all work with people of the same age only? I think it is good for kids to learn to work across age and peer groups. It is important.
IMO, I think most parents do not think of their children as smart or see their potential to be smart. Parents we meet DO NOT expect enough of their children. If the child cannot do the work...cool then encourage them to be the best where they are in life. My wife and I have ADHD. Yet she has a Masters and I have a JD. So if we had listen to all the experts or compared too much of ourselves to others...we would not be here. Our kids are super smart and when they complete high school.. they can become dumb again if they want too...at least by then it will be an educated decision.
I was allowed to skip 7th grade at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School in Urbana, IL. I struggled initially, but soon found my way and excelled. I don't see any reason to hold kids back if they are ready to move ahead. We have students of many ability levels in all grades. If students are ahead and learning the same material twice, what is wrong with moving them ahead? The social concerns are largely unfounded according to the research in this area. I know I had very few social issues in skipping grades. Let us not remove the acceleration option from the table because we are afraid. It has been proven effective in most situations. It may be the best option for many of our gifted children.