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The Telegraph reports on what seems to be a rather minor matter, a Pagan parent removing her child from school to attend a religious celebration.

"A primary school allowed a mother to take her child out of lessons to attend a summer festival because the family say they are pagans. Newington Green Primary, in the north London borough of Islington, gave permission for the three-day absence last June after the mother of the six-year-old argued that the child should be allowed to attend the celebrations because of her faith ... The family visited the solstice festival that is held each year in Avebury, Wiltshire, near Stonehenge."

But now a school officials says they are "clamping down" on absences, and hinting that Pagan holidays may not make the grade any longer.

"'The three days were put down as authorised absence, but we have subsequently explained to all parents that they will not be given authorised holidays within term time unless there is a very good reason for it,' she said."

A spokesman from the Campaign for Real Education goes quite a bit farther than a hint.


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Feb. 18th, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
I love how schools think that they have any kind of control over when and why a parent can pull their kid from school.

"Hello, my kid won't be in school today because I say so. Thanks, bye."

*rolls eyes*

Feb. 18th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
It'e true, they do!
I called my grandson off of school because the bus was more than 1/2 hour late, the roads were shit and the wind chill was ridiculous. It was a quick storm between picking up the older kids and the primary kids. Not. my. problem. The lady who answered the phone at his school said, "Well, you KNOW the buses are running late, right??" I said, "You know it has been more than a 1/2 hour, right?? He is not coming." "Fine! CLICK!" Bitch. Grandson was thrilled by staying home and every time it snows he hopes the bus will be late enough that he gets to come in. Poor child doesn't know how rare that is.
Feb. 18th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Nick Seaton, the chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: "This is the kind of situation we get into by bending over backwards to try to please everybody. One of the main duties of parents is to ensure that children miss out on as little school as possible and, on balance, I don't think they should be missing school for this."

Well, then, don't give them time off for Christmas and Easter bullshit. It's simple. Instead of bending over backwards to please everyone, if it's that important to you, bend over backwards to please no one.

Problem solved.
Feb. 18th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
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