On Tuesday, my son will head with his grandparents to Disneyland. The trip of a lifetime will happen April 16 – 20. Tuesday – Saturday.
Nana and Grandpapa may be excited to take their grandson to Disney, but they’re not made of money. So it is a trip away from spring breaks, and midweek flights. They’ll save more than $1000 by taking him mid April instead of having done it mid March.
So that means a week off school. After already having school district mandated week-long holidays in February, and March my son will get one from Mom and Dad in April.
I have absolutely zero problem with my Kindergarten kid skipping a week of school. Despite bucking up to send him to a private school with French Immersion, the lessons one learns in real life can often be more valuable than behind a desk.
I’m not alone in this belief. Alyssa Chirco, a mother near St. Louis, told Today, “I reserve the right to check my child out of school at any time, for any reason.”
That attitude may be a little farther than I’m willing to go. I believe in responsibilities. Just as I have a responsibility to go to work, my kids have one to go to school. Some parents champion “mental health days,” but in my books that could just equate to “I don’t feel like it” being taken advantage of.
My son is going to Disneyland with his grandparents and skipping a week of Kindergarten. Big deal. I’ve talked to his teachers, and each day he will have a journal where he will draw a picture, and write a few sentences about his day. Exactly the same sort of things he would have done in class.
My son is 5, this week off will help him personally more than it will ever hurt him scholastically. Would I have the same opinion in Grade 3 or Grade 5 or Grade 9? Y’know what? Probably. If it’s not an every month occurrence, I have no problem with real life learning, and family bonding taking the place of the factory setting in a school.
What’s your take?