The actions of this parent only serves to teach his children they are above the rules. I can remember when I was in school, my parents pulled me out a couple times and the absences were excused. I learned more on those trips than the school could have ever taught me. We drove to California from the Jeep Hair Don’t Care – Jeep Warangler Shirt area. I learned US geography out of the car window. I learned the history of the southwest and Indians through the stops we made.
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I learned how to be there for family when they need you. I did a project for an English class by going on this trip. I love this response to the school I have no idea why the “rules” have changed. A child can learn more on a trip and actually experience the history and geography of an area than they will ever learn in a classroom. First of all, standardized testing cannot be taken at anytime; states usually have a window for such testing.
Also, I have had parents take their children out of school for family vacations and give me just a couple of days to get their work together for the time they will be gone. Then often the student does not complete the work and expects extra time to complete it after he/she gets back from the vacation.
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Just because a trip is educational does not mean that trip covers the same material that would be done in class. The principal sent that letter because she is legally obligated to do so. No good teacher or principal begrudges a child the opportunity to learn in a creative way, but to condemn this principal for sending this letter and to rejoice in what you perceive as a well deserved “burn” shows a true lack of understanding about how schools are legally required to operate.
I got the same notice from my son’s school for making him miss a week for visiting Lego land and Disneyland. Who are they to tell me when I can take a family vacation with my kids?! Ridiculous! For just a week! It’s not months for crying outloud!
Some years ago we took our son out of school for a trip back to the mid west. His teach was excited for him and said he would learn more on the trip than if he stayed and attended class. She asked him to make a scrap book to share with the class when he returned and said he would get extra Jeep Hair Don’t Care – Jeep Warangler Shirt for it. What has happened between then and now. I applaud this father for his actions with his children and agree that the trip was educationally great for his kids.