Well, as a teacher with a degree in English, A levels, 9 GCSEs grades A-C and a person who was born in the last week of August I don't think this is true! My brother was born first week September, and academically he's no better or worse than me (currently studying maths at uni).
What I will say is that both from my experience of my own childhood, and in my professional capacity as a secondary school teacher, the kids that do best academically are those who are loved, nurtured, taken out and given experiences, those who have access to books/ libraries, and those whose parents actually give a damn about their child's education, rather than the time of year they were born in. I've taught plenty of summer babies who have achieved very highly; likewise I've had Autumn/ winter-born babies who have always under achieved. And vice-versa.
Whilst I was always young in my school year I started school knowing all my letters/ numbers, being able to read at a very basic level), and having a good general knowledge for my age- because I'd had good parenting. It's the kids whose parents always leave their child's education 100% to the school that suffer- parents need to play an active role in their child's learning too.
I don't think it matters one jot or iota in all honesty when a child is born.
· 1 decade ago