A 2017 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that September babies are more likely to be the smartest. According to the study, they also tend to be highly intelligent in general and more clever than their classmates.
The study surveyed 1.2 million students in Florida between the ages of six and 15. Ultimately, the results are down to a number of factors, but we read “School Starting Age and Cognitive Development” so you don’t have to. Here’s what we found.
September babies tend to be the oldest in their year at school, and are therefore often more mature. They have had an additional year to develop compared to some of their peers, for instance, those born in August.
This sometimes leads to more enthusiasm for school and children are more ready for academics. However, the additional 12 months of social, cognitive, and emotional development is a general aid to their studies and school relationships with other students and teachers.
Roughly 5% of children in the US are delayed from entering kindergarten by their parents. The idea is called “redshirting”, and parents believe that it will give their children an advantage, due to being able to mature in that extra year before school. The study finds that more affluent families are more likely to do this.
“While the more affluent families tend to redshirt their children to give them a competitive advantage, families that are unable to do this – either due to lack of awareness or resources – are surrogated by the schooling system, which retains their children in grades prior to testing. This differential remediation also helps explain why we find larger kindergarten readiness gaps for lower SES [socioeconomic status] children that then vanish at the time of testing.”
Ultimately, the study shows September babies get better grades and achieve better than their peers. However, this is more to do with the month that school starts than anything else.
There will also always be exceptions to the study, which is by no means exhaustive.
At least it’s something to brag about to your friends, siblings, or family members though! Do you agree with the study? Let us know if you think September babies are smarter in the comments. And don’t forget to share with your non-September born friends and family! Check out similar stories here on Happiest.
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