Tuesday, November 01, 2011

What a difference a day makes: the problems affecting children born in August

. . . are detailed here and worrying. An excerpt:

"[. . .] Researchers say that August-born seven-year-olds are between 2.5 and 3.5 times "more likely to be regarded as below average by their teachers in reading, writing and maths". They are also 2.5 times more likely to be unhappy at school at the age of seven and at an increased risk of being bullied. This reflects that these August children can be almost a year younger than their September-born classmates.

This age gap has not been closed by the time youngsters are ready to leave secondary schools - with August-born teenagers 20% more likely to be in vocational rather than academic study after school. They are also 20% less likely to be at a leading Russell Group university compared with a September-born teenager. These August children are likely to have lower confidence and less likely to feel they "control their own destiny".

This accident of birth can have far-reaching economic significance, says the IFS, as underachievement in qualifications at school will be likely to reduce employment opportunities in adulthood. "This suggests that August-born children may end up doing worse than September-born children throughout their working lives, simply because of the month in which they were born," says IFS programme director Claire Crawford. [. . .]"

Any famous contemporary scholars with birthdays in August?

1 comment:

The Brooks Blog said...

I've been reminded that a terrific example is GWF Hegel, my philosophical hero. Hegel was a late bloomer and outperformed by his schoolfriends Hoelderlin and Schelling, failing to earn a salaried FT university position until he was 40. Thought for the day: if only Hegel were born in September...