Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home

[Susan notes: The writer makes a good point, one that never made the headlines.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re "Keeping Pupils in Third Grade, but Then What?" (front page, March 17): What about the children in the classroom with the children who have been held back? These children are not being represented in the debate.

Having gone to public school in Brooklyn in the 1970's, I can tell you that holding children back doesn't work, not for the child held back or for the other children in the class.

In gym class, some children are far more physically developed than others. Socially, it is also confusing when some students have gone through puberty and others have not. The children who are age-appropriate for the grade may be exposed to social situations that they are not developmentally ready for.

Holding third graders back takes a bad situation and makes it worse.

Ragan O\'Malley

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.