Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Published, LA Times re school attendance incentives

From: Mimsy Sadofsky <>
Date: Tue Jan 3 21:15:00 2006

In many states, including Massachusetts, parents are obligated to send
their children to school on a very regular basis, unless they are
homeschoolers. The onus is on the parents way before the schools make
decisions about whether or not that like attendance policies.


On Tue, 03 Jan 2006 08:41:04 -0800, you wrote:

>I followed the earlier thread although I didn't post. Here's my
> the letter I wanted to get as many ideas in as few words as
>possible out there so I didn't go into detail. But what I'm suggesting is
>that attendance not be controlled, made mandatory, by the
>government. Rather the school members, by democratic process, would choose
>their own attendance policies...which of course could range all the way
>from completely optional to a certain number of hours mandated to some mix
>of the two...whatever the community debates, votes on, tries out and
>decides it is satisfied with.
>At 02:07 AM 1/3/2006 -0500, you wrote:
>>In the forementioned response to an LA Times article, Sally Rosloff wrote:
>>"Want to make sure attendance is as high as possible? Make it optional..."
>>At the risk of opening an old can of attendance optional at
>>some of the sudbury schools? As a parent of an unschooling family, I
>>questioned the compulsory attendance policies of sudbury schools in an
>>earlier thread on this discuss-sudbury-model list, and got a lot of
>>responses saying that compulsory attendance was an importantant element in
>>creating a positive "school culture" and so forth.
>>Are some of the sudbury schools having success with optional attendance
>>I am hoping to hear this is so!
>>Thanks for any responses,
>>Molly Mancasola
Received on Tue Jan 03 2006 - 21:14:37 EST

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