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Engineering the Perfect Kindergarten


by Elizabeth Graue — September 13, 2006

Each fall thousands of children begin their journey through formal schooling as they enter kindergarten. This ritual is represented in children’s books, newspaper articles, and weepy conversations of parents as they leave their babies at the bus stop. But a significant number of children have this transition delayed because someone has decided that they are not quite ready to begin school. Who are these children and why are they stuck at the kindergarten door? In this commentary I explore the mythology and research about academic redshirting, outlining the gaps between research and practice as well as the assumptions that motivate action.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 13, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12708, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:52:29 PM

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  • Elizabeth Graue
    University of Wisconsin
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    ELIZABETH GRAUE is a professor of in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin Madison in early childhood education and curriculum research. Her research focuses on inclusive homeschool relations from teacher, parent, and student perspectives and on kindergarten policy and practice.
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