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    I think it depends on the child
    By Lottalove

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    I guess I favor retention as long as someone is looking at the big picture.

    I think a child that is on the young side, just immature or a little behind could possibly beneifit from the extra year somewhere along the way. This could include children who are "normal" but just having a rough year for a particular reason--divorce, death in the family, personal illness, and so on. Actually excessive absences for any reason that delay or interrupts the learning process could be cause for retention.

    For a child that is very behind and in SpEd services for core areas with no hope of reaching grade level, a social promotion would allow them to remain with their established social circle. They would be with kids they are familiar with and with the kids who are familiar with them and their personal issues.

    So my long answer is that it needs to be a case by case decision.

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