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    A personal anecdote from my family may inform and amuse:
    A neice and her husband, both accountants, take their two children out of school when they wish. When they began to do this it was the last week of the Autumn term in Primary school. They did not ask permission, simply informed the school of their intentions out of courtesy. The school responded with the standard letter of missed learning and veiled threats of punitive action. My niece's husband responded by asking just what lessons their two would miss in between parties, performances, carol services in church and visiting the local care home to entertain the residents.
    They next time they informed the school of their intentions, the same standard letter arrived. And this time they simply advised the school that all good will would be removed and their children may be ill during SATS week. The fact that both kids are seriously bright bunnies focused the school's mind considerably.

    No problems since, even in the elder lad's case now he is in secondary education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertcornercrew View Post
    A personal anecdote from my family may inform and amuse:
    A neice and her husband, both accountants, take their two children out of school when they wish. When they began to do this it was the last week of the Autumn term in Primary school. They did not ask permission, simply informed the school of their intentions out of courtesy. The school responded with the standard letter of missed learning and veiled threats of punitive action. My niece's husband responded by asking just what lessons their two would miss in between parties, performances, carol services in church and visiting the local care home to entertain the residents.
    They next time they informed the school of their intentions, the same standard letter arrived. And this time they simply advised the school that all good will would be removed and their children may be ill during SATS week. The fact that both kids are seriously bright bunnies focused the school's mind considerably.

    No problems since, even in the elder lad's case now he is in secondary education.
    Both of my children are quite bright , at times I have been tempted to take them both out of school and teach them myself what they need to know rather than the ''garbage'' education teaches .
    After all , they are my children and good parents by right should be able to do whatever they see fit , not what others deem fit .

    I consider holidays are serious education , a must in a child's life . My reason for this is that in my approach to life , everything is science and science is everything .

    When is the government going to start doing it's job and working for the people rather than the people working for England's ''bank'' ?

    (something we don't benefit from )

    School uniforms - pointless expense

    Some school subjects - pointless

    6 week holidays in one go - stupid

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnofgwent View Post
    I take it grandkids are off the bucket list then

    I'm 62 and off to Ibiza this year, with Mrs Jog.

    An increasing number of resorts seem to offer "adult only" holidays but as these seem to attract the "drink yourself to stupefaction, bonk anything that moves and die in a swan dive off the balcony" types, we avoid them like the plague
    Seriously, I will disown my 34 year old son if he makes me a grandfather. Fortunately he has my genes and doesn't like kids either.

    My point regarding this subject is that having a holiday isn't an entitlement. When somebody decides to have children they need to know there may be sacrifices. If I have to pay 200 to kennel my dog when I go on holiday I have no right to complain, because it was my choice to have a dog. I have two choices, stay at home with the dog, or pay for it to be looked after. If parents have to pay extra to go on holiday during the school breaks, that is the situation they decided to put themselves in. Taking children out of school during term time is disruptive for the kids and the schools.
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    Of course the other issue is that holiday companies exploit parents and charge completely inflated rates for holiday time. Center Parcs are particularly bad at it, and can easily double or even triple prices during school holiday weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Know it View Post
    Seriously, I will disown my 34 year old son if he makes me a grandfather. Fortunately he has my genes and doesn't like kids either.

    My point regarding this subject is that having a holiday isn't an entitlement. When somebody decides to have children they need to know there may be sacrifices. If I have to pay 200 to kennel my dog when I go on holiday I have no right to complain, because it was my choice to have a dog. I have two choices, stay at home with the dog, or pay for it to be looked after. If parents have to pay extra to go on holiday during the school breaks, that is the situation they decided to put themselves in. Taking children out of school during term time is disruptive for the kids and the schools.
    Well speaking as an ordinary member if only your mother and father had felt the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cromwell View Post
    well speaking as an ordinary member if only your mother and father had felt the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Know it View Post
    Taking children out of school during term time is disruptive for the kids and the schools.
    Complete garbage from a hater of life ! Just because you feel sour because you're getting old .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawfully View Post
    Complete garbage from a hater of life ! Just because you feel sour because you're getting old .
    I think Know It is 20 years old and winding us up.

    Everyone loves their kids. I think it is something the midwives put in the tea.

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    I think it a little insidious. Why should local government have that control over you and your kids? Seems somewhat dictatorial to me. Of course the flip side is that many parents take the mick out of it all to the detriment of their kids. Maybe truancy rates and general lack of effort is all tied up in this. But is this the responsibility of government?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borchester View Post
    I think Know It is 20 years old and winding us up.

    Everyone loves their kids. I think it is something the midwives put in the tea.
    I am 61 years old as it happens. I am on certainly not on my own when it comes to my dislike of children, as I have met many other people of a similar age who also find them a complete pain. I appreciate that most horrible kids are produced from horrible parents, but I can't stand them either .
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