A follow-up to yesterday's post on redshirting.
Looking at Bedard and Dhuey's study, both Malcolm Gladwell and Elizabeth Weil highlighted a particular quirk in the scholars' findings. On average, in
Both reports sort of left you with the impression that the best way to level the playing field in
The reality is that the Finnish and Danish kids don't wait to begin school. They actually begin their education much earlier.
The year before they start primary school, 98 percent of Danish kids are enrolled in “preschool” (what we might call kindergarten). And 93 percent of younger kids are in early-education programs, starting at age 3.
Compared with the
So the kids in those countries start from birth on a more level playing field, and then their earliest educational experiences even the kids out further still.
That's entirely consistent with the NBER and Elder studies we mentioned: what's important are the experiences children have before they begin school.
So universally delaying school entry isn't the answer─it's universally starting earlier that makes the most sense.