Education: Too Young for School?

Each autumn the nation's most indignant parents are those with children barely too young to enter school. The cutoff age may be as high as 6½ (in Des Moines) or as low as 5 years 3 months (in Norwich, N.Y.), but thousands of children are bound to miss out by a few days or weeks. In 77% of U.S. public schools, the rules are inflexible; the child simply has to wait another year.

Many educators would like to see the cutoff point raised from the current U.S. average of 5 years 9 months to about 5 years 11 months. They explain that...

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