I’m writing in response to the Feb. 15 “Grades” article by Maic D’Agostino (“Major overhaul being considered for youngest grades”).

     Let’s give credit to Superintendent Whitrock and Principal Sanderfoot for being willing to take an innovative approach in an attempt to promote success for the children at the Barlow Park school.

     The article mentioned research showing that cutoff dates for determining class level by age was one of the barriers.

     In the book “Outliers, The Story of Success,” by Malcom Gladwell, the author describes how he became curious as to why Canadian youth hockey all-star teams players, who were assigned to teams by age, found that the majority of player’s listed on each age roster were born in the first three months of the calendar year.

     What he found is that the cutoff date for being assigned to a team was Dec. 31. According to his findings, those born closer to the cutoff date were always at a disadvantage with little chance of catching up.

     As his research continued for the book, he found that same issue with children first entering school ...

— Edward Kuehn
Green Lake

To read the entire letter, see the Feb. 22, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.