Last year an Australian mum sparked debate when she called for children to have one day off school a fortnight as ‘stress leave’. Once again Clare is standing by her opinion that school attendance is totally overrated.
In June last year, early childhood educator and mother, Clare Crew, said it was more than alright for children to miss a day of school every now and then, even as much as one day a fortnight.
Clare, mum of three and blogger at Thriving Children, has once again made her opinion clear stating that “School attendance is overrated.”
She stipulates that it is her belief that sometimes a child may benefit more from a day off school than from being within the four walls of the classroom.
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“School is not everything to a child. It’s a place they go, a place where the majority of their time is spent. But there’s a reason so many children enjoy the school holidays-it gives them that much needed break from structure, from academic pressures, from restriction. All replaced by time to connect with loved ones and that delightful thing called freedom…a whole bunch of freedom.”
Clare says, “I want us to take a step back and actually consider ‘the whole child’. Let’s walk our talk instead of just giving it lip service.
That ‘whole child’ needs more from life than what can be provided in the classroom. And that very idea leads me to the conclusion that school attendance is overrated.
Never missing a day of school won’t make my children more successful in life. They’re there most days. But every now and then, I place greater emphasis on meeting their specific needs in a way that only I can.
This doesn’t make me a bad parent. It doesn’t make be ignorant or neglectful. It makes me a connected parent. I’m reading my children’s needs and knowing that on that particular day, school’s just not going to cut it.” (Read her full post below)
Parents have commended her post, with hundreds totally agreeing with her views. Her post has attracted over 1100 shares and 1300+ reactions.
“At last someone has put this into words..brilliant. As I always say whose children are they???”
“Our kids fit in to the world where we see fit, not where the government want them to fit..we pay for our schools, they are not free, our kids are not slaves !!!”
“I also believe in rest days and adventure days! Kids still learn lots from this.”
“My son has always made a big improvement in school after a school time holiday.”
“Totally agree and well said. How brave you are to speak about this.”
“As both a teacher and a parent, I completely agree with you!”
“I absolutely agree with you. I allowed my 3 daughters days away from school when needed and it has done them no harm. School is not the be all and end all. So much learning happens outside the school walls.”
“I strongly believe that if a child needs a day off during term time then they should.”
“I really resent the government telling me what I can do or not with my child. I know what’s best. Butt out of my private family life.”
Unfortunately the government doesn’t see it the same way and has previously stated that parents who allow their children to regularly skip school will face hefty fines. Read more.
Missing 10 days out of a school term is classified as “chronic non-attendance” and can trigger prosecution of a parent.
Five days away each term over a child’s whole education added up to more than a year of missed schooling.
We recently shared a post from a Mum who shared why she thinks it is important children are allowed a leave pass from school. READ “Why a Pyjama therapy day is necessary for kids”.
Even our own Nikki Hills from Mouths of Mums has previously shared her families Pyjama therapy rules, check out her post HERE.
Do you allow your children to take time off school as needed? Or are you strict on how often they can take days off?
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- Should children have ‘stress leave’?
- Why a Pyjama therapy day is necessary for kids
- Crack down on parents taking kids out of school for holiday trips
- Parents to face huge fines for kids who skip school