Is It OK to Take Your Child Out of School for Vacation?
Last spring a viral post was making rounds on Facebook about a Boston marathon runner who took his kids out of school to watch a marathon and received a strict reprimand from the school’s principal about “inexcusable absences”. He responded “in kind” saying that his kids “…learned as much in the five days we were in Boston as they would in an entire year in school”. I had to laugh as every year we take our daughter out of school twice outside of normal school breaks. In fall, she travels with my husband to Florida to meet up with her German aunt and uncle, and in winter or spring they go to Germany to visit the rest of the family. Since the flight to Germany is so long and tickets are so expensive, they go for 2 or 3 weeks around Presidents’ Day or Spring break. While I cannot claim that she learns more in a few weeks of travel than in an entire year of school, it’s certainly an incredibly enriching experience for her to be able to visit new places, connect to her extended family, and acquire new knowledge by doing not just by reading and listening and filling up worksheets.