If you had to write an opinion exam on Social (academic) Promotion
For grades K-8, what would be your reasons for and against it?
I wrote my entrance test for education, and my reasons were basically that in regards to being for social promotion, it increases a child's self-esteem, and here in Manitoba, not really sure about other provinces and states though - it's against most school policies to fail or hold back a child anywhere in grades k-3. The reason is children's social development is happening full force here, and they are at a vulnerable age where they may feel they are being punished if they are held back, and that is crucial to their development.
My reason for against social promotion is that it holds back a child's full potential to learn the material.
And I offered a third view on children with disabilities and delays. They need social promotion because they cannot help that they have something that prevents them from learning the material at the same rate as other children.
I also proposed that if social promotion is to be used on a child that does not have a disability or delay, that it should only be done once and under certain circumstances that the parents work with their child and the school to make sure their children are getting proper academic support to learn the material.
What are your thoughts on it? Do your schools use this policy?