A study has found that children born in September are smarter than their peers.
The 2017 study conducted in the US, titled “School Starting Age and Cognitive Development” suggests that September-born kids are usually the oldest in their year group, meaning they have months ahead of the other kids to develop.
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Tested across 1.2 million students between the ages of six and 15 in Florida, the study compared the cognitive development of kids born in September – who are at the older end of the spectrum of kids in their year, to kids born in August, who are usually the youngest.
It found that September-born children were more likely to have a higher average score each school year because of the twelve additional months for cognitive, social, and emotional development they had before enrolling in school.
The report went on to suggest that September-born children generally act with a higher level of maturity than their younger classmates – and are able to handle their schoolwork, social situations, and separation from their parents with more ease.
This resulted in higher chances of getting into top-tier universities following school, and lower rates of being arrested for juvenile crimes.
The study ultimately suggests that children who have time to develop mentally, socially, and emotionally before being enrolled in school – starting slightly older – have a higher academic advantage and better footing in society.