What Do The Experts Say?
The University of Georgia conducted a study on over 11,000 students that had repeated a previous grade in school. Their study concluded that when a child was retained, they actually fell further behind when the same year was repeated.
The National Association of School Psychologists believe that when a child is held back, it affects the child both socially and emotionally in a negative way.
Research that has been done on holding a child back, likens the stress they encounter, to that of losing a parent.
Education experts Peggy Gisler Ed.S and Marge Eberts, Ed.S say that in most circumstances, retaining a child to repeat the same year again will not solve any serious learning problems. They believe it will just hide those problems for another year.
Jerome J. Schultz Ph.D., the founding clinical director of the Learning Lab at Lesley University, believes that holding an ADHD child back in school is not a good idea, and should be done only as a last resort.