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It's Not About the Kids.

Senior Parents and Students,

This is a reminder from the graduation information sent earlier this semester that there is no senior skip day/time. Anyone involved in this will need to make up the time. The Cityname Public School district like all others in Missouri collects the state reimbursement based on the daily attendance of each student. Therefore school attendance is critical for student academic growth and the school system’s economic well-being. Thank you for understanding that your children belong to us. Please contact me at (number) or (email) if you have any questions regarding this.

Thank you 

Principal's name

So.  Teachers get personal days but the families who pay the taxes and the teacher salaries?  No days off for them.  Sighhh.  Ok, aside from the contact info and the city name, I changed four words in the above paragraph.  It still reads sorta the same to me.

I find myself hoping that a lot of kids and their families start questioning this zero tolerance for personal enrichment days, and participate in senior skip day.  Socialisation, ya know.

I don't know about you but I'm tired of our children being looked upon as community property, the "workers of tomorrow" and/or the reason teachers get paid.  They belong to their parents, and no one else until they belong to themselves at adulthood.  eesh.

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  1. Bonus: find the doctored sentence and try to guess what it said originally. :)

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  2. Thank you for understanding that your children belong to us. -> ...your child's attendance is mandatory?

    At least they're being open about the financial incentive...

    ~Luke

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    1. "Thank you for your understanding in this matter." Same thing. :)

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  3. In the video, I feel her words, or her meaning are taken completely of of context. All that "liberal media busting" at it's finest. Her point is, as I see it, that we need to take responsibility for looking out for kids now and making the right community investments or we will be paying for it later... (jail).

    However, I do agree with you that my kids do not BELONG to the government... but they don't belong to me either. They belong to their creator, and I am here to shepherd them. I'm just glad homeschooling exists, no matter what side of the political argument you are on!

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    1. I understood that from THEIR perspective "context" is that "we are a community and we need to help ALL children, not just yours." And I have stated that much to friends on facebook, actually, before reading your comment.

      But. I don't agree with that mindset. Our kids are not state property that needs to be financed by the collective. We're not the Borg.

      I think once the "responsibility" shifts from the parent to the government, bad things will happen even to homeschoolers eventually. It just takes a "homeschooler" dying or doing something stupid. One crazy guy got a gun in Connecticut and look at what just happened there politically.

      It's a good thing he was no longer homeschooling or no telling what laws would have been passed.

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