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Bronx Mother Wants 11-Year-Old Son To Repeat Fifth Grade, Opposes ‘Social Promotion’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An 11-year-old Bronx boy is about to start sixth grade even though his mother says he’s not ready.

Rose Colon tells the Daily News that her son, Cristian, is struggling to read and couldn’t handle the work in fifth grade. She wants him to be held back.

New York City requires schools to hold back students who do not hit a minimum level on the state exams. Exceptions are allowed for special needs students like Cristian.

Colon said Public School 108 failed to provide special education services that could have brought Cristian’s performance up to grade. She said he “is being socially promoted for their convenience.”

A spokeswoman for the city Department of Education said the department would work with Colon to find an appropriate program for Cristian.

What do you think of social promotion? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Russ

    If there is any way to afford it Cristian’s mom should take him out of public school and put him in a private or parochial school. In two years he will probably be ahead of his former classmates.

  • chula

    If the child passed all his test – why should he be held back – that is what they made the tests – he might need a little extra tudoring after school to set him straight. If he’s in special ed – dont worry its mostly the same thing they teach over and over – no promotions to a real dipolma – I feel there is no advancement – only if you try to take him out of special ed will he learn what he’s suppose learn for his age. Good Luck

    • Russ

      When in your comment you said “I feel…” you gave away your whole viewpoint. Sound decisions and policies are not based on ‘feelings’ but on what works and what does not. As for him passing his tests, I would not assign the slightest bit of credibility to those tests, which are designed to advance kids, not find the ones who shouldn’t. If Cristian is behind now, he is only going to fall further behind. Thankfully he has a mother who recognizes the situation and wants something done about it. I do agree with one thing you said, sincerely: “Good luck.”

  • Ron Reale

    Any teacher that allows students that can’t read to enter their class, guaranteed to fail, without trying their best to get the corrupt teacher that passed them last year fired, should be themselves fired.
    The public school monopoly has made slaves of all our children, slaves to be used to get more money and benefits for teachers that don’t have to teach anymore. Parents don’t care, school is their babysitter.
    Ron Reale

  • Dan Te

    Don’t you just love social promotions?

  • Karen Fontana

    I totaly agree with the mother if he moves on he will never catch up since the work is only going to get harder. I held my specioal needs son back in 1st grade and it made a big difference. It’s great to see a parent wanting to do the best thing for their child.

  • Bridget

    I agree with the mother. Its best to hold him back now if he is struggling with the class work. The work only gets harder.

  • Ron Davis

    Kudos to a parent who is proactive and honest about her child’s best interest. This should happen more often. We always try to want our children to succeed in life and this will pay back two fold . The most important issue is a good education. I see no problem i know taxpayers in NYC will think not. oh well.

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