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Sorry, kids. You’re just gonna have to “deal with it.”

As much as you would like to not have consequences for your choices, even if those choices are based on good intentions, there are still consequences. There needs to be in a civilized society and you can’t change the rules every time they conflict with your beliefs.

I am not sure if you are aware, but right now there are probably hundreds (thousands?) of students in your community skipping school for climate change. Their intentions might be good (albeit questionable). Their intention is to draw attention to an issue you are concerned about. Great.

But, this can be effectively done on any other day at any other time. There isn’t a legitimate reason to skip school and I hope that the school district & school board in Seattle don’t bow to pressure and excuse these absences.

That also goes applies to these kids’ parents. Come on, parents, have a little integrity here! If you are a parent who excuses your child from school for such an activity then you are a part of the problem too. I know that is a bold statement, but you need to stop enabling bad behavior in your child.

Maybe you even agree with what your kid is doing, at least in the sense of the “cause.” Maybe you’re the permissive parent…you want to be “cool”…whatever…, but do you want to make a bigger impact with your parenting? Allow them the freedom to make the choice of staying in school or skipping it AND THEN let them deal with the consequences of that choice. Stop enabling everything your kid does. There are legitimate reasons for an excused absence from school and this isn’t one of them. You aren’t helping your child learn that making choices comes with responsibility.

Kids, stay in school.



  1. The Hinoeuma · September 20, 2019

    When you find a kid that doesn’t take responsibility for its actions, you will find a parent or parents with the same issue. Bad behaviors recycle thru families.


    • backuphill · September 21, 2019

      In my 15 years of experience as a high school teacher, I would say generally that is true. However, I have found that there are some who didn’t fit that mold.


      • The Hinoeuma · September 21, 2019

        Hm. Maybe the kid has a friend that their family is like that and kid #2 is a bad influence.


      • backuphill · September 22, 2019

        I suppose that is totally possible.


      • The Hinoeuma · September 22, 2019

        The psychology of families is simultaneously fascinating & horrific.


      • backuphill · September 22, 2019

        That it is.

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