Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Community Voices: Honesty

Honesty said on: December 28, 2011, 1:41 am

This law intimidates and discredits parents and children. In order to achieve a "uniform standard of measurement" it assumes all parents are being dishonest. Niether Doctor's notes nor Court orders will stop investigation. The law requires that the County Attorney approve of all absences or the child will face prosecution. That is wrong. It is not okay for parents to have to "get permission" from a County Attorney or the Superintendent to make a decision that is intuitive to the parent. It is my hope that school districts, state government and the courts will recognize and prize the value of honest parents making decisions in the best interest of their children. It is my hope that this law will be amended to recognize "excused" absences and the natural right of parents to direct the rearing of their children.

If parents want help from the state in enforcing attendance, the state could provide help in as few as 5 absences unexcused per the parent. But in exchange for the stringent number of "unexcused absences," the parent should be given total control to define what is excused and not excused. Schools and the state have to trust the HONESTY of the parents or we have no rule of Law.

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