As I approach another one of those dreadful Halloween birthdays, I am once again left to ponder what might have been if I had started Kindergarten one year later. I was born with what was described as "a highly unusual case" in reference to a learning disability that hampered me from the first day of Kindergarten to the last day in my teachers' Ed program. I struggled with learning as well as in sports. I was greatly affected in vocational programs and in the teachers' Ed program due to always being next to distracting adult students( pen tapping and clicking, gum popping, table shaking, etc.) I can't help but think, however, whether much, if not most of my problems would have been avoided if only the cutoff date for Kindergartners to start school had been September 2 instead of December 2. The Kindergarten years are crucial to brain development. Therefore, being a year younger than many of my classmates in these developmental years might have created a synergistic double whammy that was too much to overcome. I would therefore like to get some opinions from experienced teachers on whether or not they have noticed a strong correlation between the age of a child and their overall school performance. Are the struggling students more likely to be the younger ones? Do you agree the cutoff should be brough back to September 2?. I truly believe that starting school one year later would have minimized instead of exacerbated my learning disability, thus making me more successful today.