When I was a kid I practically had to be on my death bed to miss school. My dad was a teacher at my high school in Conn., so missing school was simply not an option.
I didn’t give up without a fight though—begrudgingly whining and grumbling as I stumbled at dawn. For 16 years, my parents made sure I got out of bed and to school on time every single day.
Now, a decade later I laugh at myself; embarrassed I ever put up a fight. Instead I’m now grateful they were so tenacious. If they hadn’t stood their ground I would’ve missed out on exciting field trips to New York City, a chance to lead the yearbook editorial team, and to write for the Hatters’ Herald, our school newspaper.
Through losing my battle to ditch school, I gained valuable lessons - like how to keep my commitments.
Some parents think missing school isn’t that big of a deal. However, when absenteeism becomes a habit their child not only misses out on class, but the opportunity to learn and build a better future.
1. Attendance in kindergarten doesn’t really matter for
2. Missing school isn’t a big problem until middle or high
3. Most educators monitor chronic absenteeism.
4. Since attendance is a family responsibility, we cannot do
anything to improve it.
Today, I see how much attendance really matters. Click here for more information.