The Pros And Cons Of Grade Retention

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Grade retention, also known as “being held back” or “repeating”, has been a controversy within the educational system. Grade retention is requiring a student to return to a grade for further education, because he or she did not demonstrate a knowledge of the skills. Rather than follow social promotion traditions, schools should retain students who score low on state assessments, daily homework, and test scores; have little parental support; or show a lack of maturity. The country will face many problems with sending ill-equipped students out of school without the necessary skills needed to survive. Along with others, educators view that students need to be retained if they do not know the material. The retention process has helped many students …show more content…
Preemptive retention will retain students who have passed the grade, but the “school believes that the child will fail in the future” (Peterson 163-164). This process is not put to use very often as teachers will allow student to advance to the following grade until they fail a level. Preemptive retention does not affect the students’ academic achievement, because they know the information the class has to offer. Educators should continue to allow the child to advance until they get to information they cannot obtain. Children already have a small attention span; it would only be worse if they were sitting through a class and knew all the information. Some schools prefer preemptive retention, because they want to hold a student back before they …show more content…
Attendance also leads back to parental support, as it is the parent’s job to get his or her child to school. Principals view that it is hard for students to learn and expect to pass if they rarely come to school. If children do not come to school, they miss out on the daily instruction on how to complete the assignments. Principals see promotion as a wrong option to “promote a struggling student to the next grade, where coursework would be more difficult” (Cannon 15). Students that attended school regularly would have more opportunities to learn and correct their issues before retention becomes

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