Posted: 28/07/2014 at 09:55
I think some fair comparisons are being made.
If child A a loses 10 days of school through a combination of illnesss, strike and snow nobody is going to make a fuss and nobody is going to get "penalised".
So why should child B missing 10 days of school on a holiday, in which there might well be the opportunity for some learning thrown in, be such a concern?
Not sure if I agree about taking days off for birthdays though - you can always celebrate those at the weekend if you want to do something special.
I agree with not taking time off for birthdays etc but a family holiday is very important, but like everything in life they will only fine the parents that can afford it, or who will pay up quietly, as soon as a parent is prepared to confront and get angry with a school teacher they are very likely to get their own way.