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Researchers have discovered that putting off children’s enrollment in school reduces ADHD significantly.
Stanford’s Graduate School of Education‘s findings, released in October, showed that students who delayed enrollment in kindergarten for as little as one year had reduced inattentiveness and hyperactivity by 73 percent compared to students who were placed in class a year earlier.
The study, authored by Professor Thomas S. Dee and Hans Henrik Sievertsen of the Danish National Center for Social Research, showed putting off enrollment “dramatically improves a child’s self-regulation abilities even into later childhood.”
“We found that delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11,” Dee wrote, “and it virtually eliminated the probability that an average child at that age would have an ‘abnormal,’ or higher-than-normal rating for the inattentive-hyperactive behavioral measure.”
The researchers believe the findings could help parents decide whether to start their children in school early or delay the education process.
“This is some of the most convincing evidence we’ve seen to support what parents and policymakers have already been doing – choosing to delay kindergarten entry,” Dee wrote.
The study showed an improvement in emotional and social skills for those who start school at age 6 rather than age 5 as well.
“It’s not just a question of when do you start kindergarten, but what do you do in those kindergarten classes?” Dee said. “If you make kindergarten the new first grade, then parents may sensibly decide to delay entry. If kindergarten is not the new first grade, then parents may not delay children’s entries as much.”
More studies like this could help eliminate the federal government’s monster money-eater Head Start, where children as young as three are being babysat by public school teachers with taxpayer’s money.
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