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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Parents taking kids out of school more often


Martha Winokur of Needham is planning to take her son out of school for a family reunion planned for the weekend before Thanksgiving.

“I know it's against the rules,” the Needham, Mass., mother says she told the school's dean last week in an email. “But we're doing it anyway.”

She's not alone. More parents are pulling their kids out of school for family vacations, according to a Wall Street Journal article reprinted in The Day of New London, Conn.

Some 61 percent of travelers say they would take their children out of school for a family trip, up from 57 percent in 2003 and 45 percent in 2000, says a 2006 survey cited by the newspaper.

Observers told the paper there may be a variety of factors at work, including a shift in values toward more family time.

“I am respectful” of school policies, Winokur said. “But life is short, and in a few years the school will not be there” for her son. “But the family will.”

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