Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

Older Children Do Better in Classrooms

November 26, 2012
Plain English Version

In a typical classroom, the ages of the children are different. They may be as far apart as almost a year.

Researchers have found that the difference in age is important. The younger the child, the more likely the child is to score poorly on standard tests. And, the more likely the child is to be taking prescription drugs for behavioral problems.

For example, a school system may say any child who turns six during a calendar year starts school that September.

When school starts in September, a child born in January will have been six years old for nine months while a child born in December will be five years and nine months old.

One child is 81 months old and the other is 69 months old, a difference of about 17 percent in age. This is a very large difference in stages of maturity and development.

Experts cannot say the difference in age is the reason more behavioral drugs are given to younger children for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.). One doctor said, “It may be that the youngest kids in the class are just acting according to their age. But their behavior is thought of as symptoms of something else, rather than lesser maturity.”

The difference in school performance associated with age is less evident for girls. For both girls and boys, differences lessen but continue as they get older.

The New York Times

Print Friendly
Share

In Brief

How Does Exercise Fight Depression?

Experts say even mild stress can lead to depression. 

Scientists also say that exercise is a cushion against depression. Working out makes...

Teen Lungs Healthier When Air Pollution Drops

Most of the time when people resist the idea that climate matters, it is because doing something about it would cost money.

Advocates say a...

Slow Down on that Heartburn Drug

A new study adds to the findings that taking heartburn drugs creates risks.

The study says that some drugs can lead to a heart...

New Ways to Think About Treating ADHD

New studies show many people with ADHD are drawn to new and exciting experiences. They can be very impatient and restless with routine activities.

This...

Archives

Dictionary
  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by DictionaryBox.com
Click to listen highlighted text!