The Mayor of New York and the Governor of Florida love the idea of holding kids back in third grade if they fail their reading tests. Tough love? Trouble is this approach has been done before without success. They ought to read the history.
As Santayana once said, "Those who fail to read the mistakes of history are condemned to repeat them."
See the New York Times article, February 4, 2004, Wednesday - ON EDUCATION; "Principal Sees Mistake in Plan to Hold Back 3rd Graders" by Michael Winerip.
"When Dr. Golubchick read of Mayor Bloomberg's new policy to hold back every third grader who failed the city's reading test, he thought, "Big mistake."
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