Is grade retention justifiable?

Education experts once believed that holding back children would hurt their academic future (“More kids are repeating a grade. Is it good for them?” apnews.com, Sept. 9).  But not all parents believed that was the case.  As a result, some are now even requesting that their children be retained. As with almost all controversial issues, the answer lies with parents.  Their wishes need to be respected because they know what is best for their own children.

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