Tuesday, February 22, 2011
This is what happens when there's no school after a three day weekend
Our district’s promotion policy encourages retention although there is little evidence that this strategy is effective. I have seen research that concludes that children who are retained in a grade have a higher likelihood of dropping out of high school. Students who have been retained twice have a 90% certainty to be high school dropouts. Those are pretty daunting odds. Even without a research study my own experiences as a teacher tell me, that making children repeat the same grade that they just failed doesn’t help them. Instead it humiliates and discourages them.