The Reason this Mom Won’t Let Her Son Accept a Perfect Attendance Award Might Surprise You

posted: 07/21/17
by: Amanda Mushro

The end of the school year is usually filled with award ceremonies for students who have achieved academic or personal success. Perfect attendance awards tend to handed out to proud parents and kids. However, one mom is making waves on the internet because she is not allowing her ten year old son to accept a perfect attendance award at his school, and her reasoning might make you think differently about perfect attendance.

In a blog post that has now been viewed millions of times, Rachel Wright of Essex, England explains her son won't be accepting the award because she feels her son is lucky because he was healthy all year and she doesn't believe luck should be rewarded. She writes "In this family you are not shamed for ill health, vulnerability or weakness. In this house you are not encouraged to spread germs when you are not well. In this house we look after ourselves and the weakest amongst us."

Wright continues by saying rewarding attendance sends the wrong message to kids. "What on earth are we teaching our kids about value and worth? What are we teaching them about looking out for each other and looking after the sick or disabled in our community?" She also says that most kids have very little to do with their attendance, "He had no control over his attendance," Wright wrote. "I took him to school and it would have been my decision to keep him off. I should get the reward (or not) for his attendance."

Her Facebook post has gained a lot of attention from teachers and parents who see both sides of the argument. Wright later edited her post to say she is glad that her post is opening up a discussion about expectations for our kids.

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