I’ve had children come into my classroom, and they’ve never even lost at Candy Land.” -- So says one kindergarten teacher of her rapidly "graying" class -- that is, where kids are "redshirted" (or as we used to say, kept back) by their parents for another K year so they are older, taller, and more ready (for standardized testing, of course). Blech. My recent experience grading some similarly cushioned college students with the first B's of their lives was as just as unpleasant, I imagine, as that first devastating Candyland blowout.

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