Micro Debate: Should pupils be allowed to go on holiday in term time?

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Some of you may remember the Microdebating forum from a few years ago... if not, then welcome to a new debating style here on TSR, and one with a twist.

Every Monday a new topic will be put up for debate, and your challenge is to get involved in the discussion, but only using up to 140 characters in each post, this post aside. Multiple posts are allowed, but no more than 2 posts in a row per person, please.

This week's topic is related to term-time absences for pupils - do you think they should be able to go on holiday during term-time? Did you, when you were in school?

According to this article, 16.9% of pupils missed at least half a day of lessons in 2016-17, compared with 14.7% the previous year. The number of unauthorized absences also rose, from 1.1% to 1.3%.

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But Twitter lets you do 280 chars/post
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(Original post by JohanGRK)
But Twitter lets you do 280 chars/post
You can do two 140 character posts in a row, it amounts to the same!
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It is absolutely absurd to let students take more time off school when we already have an adequate amount of holiday time.
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If parents want to ruin the kids' education let them.
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No, there's already 13 weeks of holiday. That's over 3 months, plenty of time.
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Indifferent. they coiild make it so they either pre learn and get all the work done or have it sorted out with 4 weeks of returning. Just use some common sense i.e funerals or a few days absence.
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we get plenty of holiday already.
good attendance = good grades imo
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We should rather make term holidays longer, which would essentially bring down holiday prices the main reason why people take their children on holiday during the term.
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(Original post by laurawatt)
we get plenty of holiday already.
good attendance = good grades imo
Not really. I learn absolutely nothing from listening to a teacher/lecturer read notes off a powerpoint that was written a decade ago or copying notes off a whiteboard. I learn by doing questions and making mistakes. I learn more in the 2-3 weeks I study hard before an exam doing loads of past papers than I do in the previous 9 months of reading/listening to notes combined. But that's just me.

EDIT: And also, we are talking about missing 3 or 4 days of teaching here. 99% of school children have a very good attendance because it is the law to attend school so they have to go but not 99% of school children get good grades do they? Missing 3 or 4 days will have pretty much no effect on your exam performance and the work can easily be caught up with as long as you don't miss any coursework time.
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Not really. I learn absolutely nothing from listening to a teacher/lecturer read notes off a powerpoint that was written a decade ago or copying notes off a whiteboard. I learn by doing questions and making mistakes. I learn more in the 2-3 weeks I study hard before an exam doing loads of past papers than I do in the previous 9 months of reading/listening to notes combined. But that's just me.
I completely agree.

I feel like school gets in the way of my education tbf
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No.
We already have generous time off of school, allowing people to take their children out of school whenever they fancy will not aid their education at all.
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I completely agree.

I feel like school gets in the way of my education tbf
A lot of the time I wouldn't even use my school notes anyway because I could find better and clearer explanations from a simple google search or from a study book that has the whole course condensed into only the stuff I need to know.
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At GCSE and A level/AS no. Prior to that then yeh. I had a week off at the end of every year because the schools did bugger all and i missed nothing and it was cheaper to go in this time before the rules about holidays changed. Never did me any harm.
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Holidays can be extremely expensive for most families during school holidays. 5 days off school will not likely impact on a child's education.
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What schools did you guys go to where you learnt so much!?
Anything under two weeks and I wouldn't have missed anything.maybe a kid throwing a chair or something.
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No.
We already have generous time off of school, allowing people to take their children out of school whenever they fancy will not aid their education at all.
Holidays and flights are more expensive during school holidays and not everybody can afford to go during those periods which is why parents prefer to take their kids during term time for a few days because they can actually afford it otherwise their children would get no holidays at all.
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Holidays and flights are more expensive during school holidays and not everybody can afford to go during those periods which is why parents prefer to take their kids during term time for a few days because they can actually afford it otherwise their children would get no holidays at all.
Simply not an excuse to take your children out of school, going abroad is not a necessity, it's a luxury; they still get time out of school to take a break, just not abroad.
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Simply not an excuse to take your children out of school, going abroad is not a necessity, it's a luxury; they still get time out of school to take a break, just not abroad.
I'm sorry but children deserve to see the outside world there are more important things in life than a lesson of maths. Missing a few days will do no harm. During GCSE/A Level they shouldn't go on holiday but before if they don't have exams then missing a few days won't ruin their future. If you are ill for a few days does that mean you are drowning in work when you go back to school? No, of course not so what is the problem with taking a few days out to live your life a little?
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(Original post by Unknown-99)
I'm sorry but children deserve to see the outside world there are more important things in life than a lesson of maths. Missing a few days will do no harm. During GCSE/A Level they shouldn't go on holiday but before if they don't have exams then missing a few days won't ruin their future. If you are ill for a few days does that mean you are drowning in work when you go back to school? No, of course not so what is the problem with taking a few days out to live your life a little?
Every stage in education is important, they build upon each other to solidify a child's understanding. And just a couple of days out of school is 15 - 70 hours out of education ( 3 days - 2 weeks), that's a very long period of time, and many parents do not bother to catch their children up.
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