Poll: Should parents be allowed to “redshirt” their children’s entry to Kindergarten?

“Redshirting” is the practice used by some parents of holding back their younger children (redshirts) from Kindergarten so they can start the next school year at age six when they are older, bigger and more mature than their five-year-old classmates. They claim the older children do better.

Some experts take it a step further and claim that younger children, typically born between July and December, are more likely to be prescribed drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta than their older classmates (born between January and June) as they are perceived to have behavioural problems when compared to their older, more mature classmates.

Because the research shows that “redshirting” gives these now older students a leg up over their younger classmates in school as well as later on in life, a number of parents hold their children back to the next academic year. Is that fair?

Should parents be allowed to hold back their kids born in the 2nd half of the year?

The Ross Firm has undertaken a poll regarding this issue seeking input in the form of votes and comments from the public at large and those affected.  Facebook users can visit the poll at http://www.facebook.com/questions/366570220049233/

Written by on March 14, 2012 in Reader Opinion Polls - 4 Comments

4 Comments on "Poll: Should parents be allowed to “redshirt” their children’s entry to Kindergarten?"

  1. Karen Lehnen March 15, 2012 at 10:42 am · Reply


  2. Colleen McGregor June 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm · Reply

    We “held back” our son who was born in December. He is now in his 20s. He loved being the oldest in his class. We have never been sorry about the decision and neither is he.

  3. Catherine September 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm · Reply

    Yes. Until the government changes the format of the school years being from September to June, I trust parents to make the best call for their children.
    It would be interesting to see if the practice of “redshirting” happens in a seamless system, or where year round schooling is available.
    Actually, as Kindergarten is still optional to parents in Ontario, technically they don’t have to start their children until first grade. Some parents do this. Their choice.

  4. Kim February 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm · Reply


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