Delaying the start of schooling for boys can turn out to be a wise decision (“Redshirt The Boys,” The Atlantic, Oct. 2022). That’s because the brains of boys develop more slowly than that of girls. As a result, they find themselves at a distinct disadvantage.
The benefits of redshirting, as the process is called, is most apparent for low-income students. But delaying school entry means having to provide child care for another year, which is hard for them. As a result, I don’t think redshirting will catch on.
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