Psychological Analysis of Skipping School “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” (Skinner) Skipping school and class among students at Glebe Collegiate Institute has become a pressing issue.
It not only affects the personal education of those who skip, but the other students and teachers around them.
“You don’t want to go on a great trip if it means your kid won’t get credit for a class,” says Richards.
Even if your school’s policies make family travel during the school year possible, it’s not always a good idea for every student.
The Illinois State Board of Education allows school districts to determine how they will handle absences for reasons other than “valid causes.” We spoke with dozens of parents and they reported a wide range of responses by school administrators, and sometimes responses vary by buildings within a district.“Each school has an attendance team who reviews student attendance trends and works with students and their families to resolve whatever issues are keeping them from being in school,” says Nancy Voise, assistant superintendent of secondary education at Naperville Community School District 203.“We take school attendance seriously as we know the impact this has on student performance,” says Voise.
“If children aren’t in school they aren’t learning.There is no right or wrong answer for everyone because it really depends on each individual child and their needs, according to Julianne Neely, founder and therapist at Individual and Family Connection in Chicago.“It really depends on the kid,” she says.She notes that for some children, especially those feeling disconnected from their parents, time away together can be helpful and make kids better able to cope at school when they return.Richards says that as much as she loves to travel, moderation is key when it comes to missing school.“I didn’t take my kids out of school for months at a time.I would combine three days with a weekend on occasion,” she explains, adding, “Missing school shouldn’t be the norm.If that’s the case, then you should be home schooling or road schooling.”Chang agrees and suggests that parents explain that vacation is unusual time and set clear expectations for the child about jumping back into the routine schedule upon return. Some parents have noted that despite receiving a positive response from an administrator, they still found — to their surprise — that their child’s absence was unexcused or work was not allowed to be made up.Which in the long run could have a damaging effect on their overall high school career.“It has been found that students who miss more than 10 days of school each year are 20% less likely to graduate and have a 25% less chance of ever enrolling in college or university.” (Time) The problem with this consequence is that it’s not great enough; students who skip do not release their personal consequences to themselves so they do not view it as an issue.People have strong opinions that go both ways, and every family has to decide for themselves.If you’ve been struggling with whether to stay home or pack your bags, here are four things to keep in mind before you decide.“It’s up to you as the parent to know your district’s policies,” says Cindy Richards, editor-in-chief of two leading family travel websites, Traveling and Traveling