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Grade-Skippers: Where Are They Now?

Entering kindergarten early or skipping a grade later on can be great for a lot of reasons. A bored but highly gifted student will be challenged appropriately, may graduate early and could reach other milestones in life faster.

But on the flip side, jumping ahead also means being the youngest in your class. Many people worry it could create problems socially and emotionally.

Our story last week on this issue of acceleration got a lot of reaction — we heard from so many of you and your experiences with either skipping a grade or starting kindergarten early. Here are a few of them:

The Good

First, let's start with those who had positive things to say.

The Bad

But not everyone felt like jumping ahead was the right choice.

The Surprising

There were some perspectives that we hadn't considered.

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