Originally Posted by kei-o-lei
What's been most intriguing to me in this thread (and JanesDad, it's OK, it will NOT come back to haunt you!) is that some parents who take their kids truant do so while trying to teach their kids that education is important, while others take their kids truant and justify it by saying that education doesn't matter that much....
That's not how I see it. What I see is people defining "education" differently.
I took my 3rd-grade daughter out of school for two days a couple of weeks ago. We flew to Washington, DC for a long weekend. We had some airline vouchers that were about to expire, so we decided to take a trip.
I really wanted to go somewhere warm and lie by a pool for 2 days, but it was that weekend that it was cold EVERYwhere, including Palm Springs and Scottsdale. Rats. So my daughter picks DC ... she's studying Colonial and Revolutionary US History, so it was logical. But since Denver-to-DC on Southwest requires longer flights with layovers, we needed Friday and Monday to travel (not so with a short flight to Arizona).
We visited the Capitol and Mt Vernon and the Washington Monument and the National Gallery of Art ... I got to point out which buildings housed the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. She got to see George Washington's false teeth and slave quarters and stables and china ...
She wrote a report for her teacher and we printed out some photos, and she presented them on her return to class.
Yes, she skipped school. She can make up the math or whatever she missed. But I'm fairly certain she received a better education during those days.
We live in a place where we don't need to "skip school" to ski ... although we occasionally take them out of school to ski. But only when attached to a trip, a trip that is educational in its own right. Europe, Canada, etc
We don't live in a place where much history is readily accessible without skipping school. (Yes, we could go to DC in August. Trust me, on a frigid January weekend, we saw and did MUCH more than we would have in all the summer crowds.) It's all part of education ... just a different type.