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Posted 3/14/12
Why is that so many American children, grades 1-12 get held back one or three times?

Do you know someone who was or is experiencing this?

What do you think about the study habits of these kids?

Do you think that there is a lack of motivation or various distractions within the issue?
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because a lot of those kids family lives are incredibly shitty? It is easy to say "You should study harder" but some of these kids have dead-beat parents ... or parents that beat them. Not the only thing but 1 of many things why some of these kids get held back.
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Well I didn't know this was a common occurrence. But I myself was held back once. Maybe I can help shed light from my experience.

I was held back in the 8th grade. I wasn't stupid. In fact I had already taken Algebra 1 and was getting ready for Geometry upon entering the 9th grade (Freshman). I just had some emotional issues, that involved my mom leaving and my dad was always working.

When I did do my 2nd year of the 8th grade. They gave the ones who were held back a class for studying. There were 7 periods and the 7th was our class where we did our homework for the previous 6 classes and the teacher was there just to help us with that. What I learned from the other students was some had similar issues. Others were seriously struggling with keeping up. Some were plain lazy. Unfortunately tests and schoolwork don't make up your grades completely. They were doing okay on their tests but not turning in homework and thus getting D's overall.

Putting 2 and 2 together I can see why it would be more common these days. When I was in Jr High and even Highschool. Cellphones were still pretty much bricks. The only game I had on mine was snake. Internet? Guffaw, 56k modem. I didn't even have a cellphone til I was 16 and I actually bought it myself (prepaid card of course). This wasn't even that long ago too. Times have changed rapidly and more and more distractions are out there. Kids are getting cellphones and 12 and even younger. Not only that, but smartphones.

Another thing is, I think schools are getting tougher too. Where I work, I see school kids everyday. And the work they are made to do, was years above what I thought they would be doing. So really I think it's a combination.

My synopsis. I think it's both of what you mentioned and more. Motivation is key for school and homework. And I think that also ties into distractions (aka Cellphones, Social Media, etc). But I want to add, it's not always a bad thing for a kid to get held back. Many of the people that I knew who got held back ended up passing all 4 years of highschool easily. And that may have not happened if they didn't get held back earlier. I myself didn't, but I ran into some more emotional issues and ended up dropping out. But I turned out okay, as I have a stable job that pays the bills and enables me to have fun. But that's a whole 'nother story.
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That makes sense you know I miss being taught stuff without having to do online homework or typing my essay instead of writing cause its unexceptionable by most teachers
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I think teachers should stop putting so much on our plate as if we can comprehend stuff all i n one day. Then teachers get mad when we dont understand but some stuff is more important than education
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I've met a person who was a year older than me in the same grade. They were showing off because they were like two years older than me or something and I said 'the only reason your here is cuz your retard for your age' I still go to the same school as her and hate her. Bitch.
Posted 3/14/12
♘ I never knew that elementary students could get held back a grade whoa.
♘I knew a few people that were held back, but don't remember them clearly. I was held back myself due to lack of attendance. I was afraid to go to school because I was bullied, but that's another story.
♘ I don't have an answer for that since I don't know other people's pattern to studying. It should be structured though and neatly detailed so a student can absorb the information well and remember it.
♘ Yes. From [some of] the teachers to parents to the students as well.
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I've met a person who was a year older than me in the same grade. They were showing off because they were like two years older than me or something and I said 'the only reason your here is cuz your retard for your age' I still go to the same school as her and hate her. Bitch.


LOL Thats so mean
Posted 3/14/12
I was held back in the 7th grade even though I technically passed all my classes because my mom felt that it would be best for me. My grades were always very poor, despite me knowing everything I needed to know, because my parents always allowed me to stay home. I think I was absent around 30 days one semester because I just didn't feel like going. I also absolutely refused to do any homework that I could not get done in class. If I was given enough time it would get done but otherwise I would just ignore its existence entirely. I also refused to do any kind of reports and bigger projects that required work outside of school. I barely slipped by most classes because of getting such high scores on any tests. My excuse for lack of motivation to do the work was because I had become addicted to online games. I didn't get my act together until it was far too late which was, I believe, 10th grade.
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I was held back in the 7th grade even though I technically passed all my classes because my mom felt that it would be best for me. My grades were always very poor, despite me knowing everything I needed to know, because my parents always allowed me to stay home. I think I was absent around 30 days one semester because I just didn't feel like going. I also absolutely refused to do any homework that I could not get done in class. If I was given enough time it would get done but otherwise I would just ignore its existence entirely. I also refused to do any kind of reports and bigger projects that required work outside of school. I barely slipped by most classes because of getting such high scores on any tests. My excuse for lack of motivation to do the work was because I had become addicted to online games. I didn't get my act together until it was far too late which was, I believe, 10th grade.


Thats something else man you really have been through so much
Posted 3/14/12
There are so many plausible reasons, I can't say.

Yes. I asked this kid who is older than me why he is still a Junior. He shrugged. I said, "did you flunk or something?". His reply was, "Oh, no, I just failed second grade".

Last two questions, refer to one.
Posted 3/15/12
England doesn't even have this system.
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haikinka wrote:

England doesn't even have this system.


Yes you do, it's called "Chav".
Posted 3/15/12

h202 wrote:

Why is that so many American children, grades 1-12 get held back one or three times?

Do you know someone who was or is experiencing this?

What do you think about the study habits of these kids?

Do you think that there is a lack of motivation or various distractions within the issue?


wow since when do people get held back that often? did it just happen recently i knew only like 2 people who got held back ONE year only

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Is it really that often? It's all a matter of trying, though. School is really, really easy, and one can at least slide by in CP classes by just doing the work. How fucking hard is that?

I have twofriends who have been held back. One was held back in elementary just because he is laid back, ghetto, and doesn't really care for authority, and I'm not sure why the other one was but she was held back in high school.
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