This whole concept is very confusing to me because my expectations for the definition of "redshirting" involve the nameless unfortunate who dies on every mission in Star Trek.
I know that the phrase "correlation doesn't equal causation" can be overused, but it absolutely applies in this situation. The primary data cited in the article is simply "older kids in the class tend to do worse". But the article is ignoring the more obvious explanation for this pattern -- that many kids are held back because they aren't ready for school, not just because their parents want to give them some advantage over their classmates. In general, the kind of kids who start late because they aren't up to the standards of kindergarten (either in content or attention span) are probably going to get lower grades.
Clearly, over the years, other factors have had to contribute for the RAE to continue in Canada. Nevertheless, all signs point to the series of events surrounding the Soviets’ emergence on the international hockey scene in the early 1950s as the initial catalyst for the RAE. The circumstances that led to the RAE were meant to lead to the discovery of the best hockey talent in Canada but, unfortunately, because of the RAE, a lot of genuine hockey ability is wasted.
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