The Need for Holding Kids Back in School: Addressing Educational Progression and Parental Involvement

Ella White

Updated Monday, May 13, 2024 at 6:27 AM CDT

The Need for Holding Kids Back in School: Addressing Educational Progression and Parental Involvement

A Concerning Trend in Education

In today's education system, there is a concerning trend of kids being given passing grades and moved onto the next grade, despite not meeting the necessary academic standards. As a former Teaching Assistant (TA), I have witnessed this happening frequently, and it is a problem that needs to be addressed.

Many children in middle school are still struggling with concepts and skills that they should have learned in elementary school. This indicates a lack of proper education progression, where students are not building a strong foundation before moving onto more advanced topics. As a result, they fall behind and struggle to catch up.

However, the issue doesn't solely lie with the education system. Parents also play a crucial role in their children's education, and their lack of involvement can contribute to the problem. Many parents are not proactive in supporting their child's learning journey. They may not be aware of their child's academic struggles or fail to provide the necessary guidance and resources.

Holding kids back is a necessary step in addressing these issues, but it is not being done effectively due to the "no kid left behind" law. This law emphasizes promoting students regardless of their academic performance, resulting in illiterate students being pushed through the grades without proper intervention.

Numerous teachers have spoken out about the fact that a significant number of students are performing well below their grade level. This puts a strain on both teachers and students, as they must work harder to bridge the educational gaps.

Unfortunately, some parents tend to blame teachers instead of actively participating in their child's education. It is crucial for parents to take responsibility and support teachers in filling in the educational gaps. This can be achieved through tutoring, studying with their child, seeking additional help from tutors, and being emotionally engaged in their child's learning journey.

However, holding a child back without the proper interventions and support in place can be pointless. It highlights the need for additional resources and assistance to ensure that these students can catch up and succeed in their academics.

Parents also need to be prepared for the challenges that come with holding their child back. This may include arranging tutoring sessions, dedicating time to study with their child, and providing emotional support. Holding a child back can lead to feelings of embarrassment and emotional distress, which need to be addressed and mitigated.

While some schools have successfully implemented programs for struggling students and only advance them when they are truly ready, such initiatives are unfortunately rare. Many schools are not effectively addressing the issue, and this is a disservice to all students who deserve a quality education.

Drawing from personal experience, my nephew, who has autism, is significantly behind in math and reading. However, he will be promoted to the 5th grade without being held back until closer to high school. The school suggested not worrying about holding him back until high school, but I disagree. I believe he should have been held back in kindergarten or 1st or 2nd grade when the gaps in his education first became apparent.

It is essential to acknowledge the challenges that parents face, such as the economy and lack of financial education. Many parents need to work full-time to make ends meet, leaving little time and energy to teach their kids at home. This lack of time and resources further exacerbates the educational gaps.

Unfortunately, there is no immediate fix to the issue of parents not having enough time to teach their kids at home. It requires a systemic change in both the economic and educational systems to provide parents with the necessary support and resources to actively participate in their child's education.

The "no kid left behind" policy has failed to take into account the economic realities and lack of financial education that hinder parents' ability to support their child's education. By neglecting these practical challenges, there is a widening gap in academic achievement among students.

Finding a solution to this issue is challenging, as it requires addressing broader economic and educational systems. However, it is crucial to acknowledge and prioritize the need for parental involvement and support, as well as implementing effective interventions and resources to ensure that no child is left behind academically.

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