Who feels their own education was damaged by the holidays they had in term time?

(106 Posts)
lljkk Fri 17-Jan-14 05:37:18

Judging by the strength of opinion on MN, there must be loads of you.
Speak up!

Really, really not. And we did it fairly often. AAB at a level and doing a masters as we speak

Livvylongpants Fri 17-Jan-14 06:01:37

Meh we survived and left with a decent education. Me and my sister both went away in the may of our gcse year. It's much easier to revised lying in a sun lounger by a pool!

JeanBodel Fri 17-Jan-14 06:04:38

Actually, I do remember in GCSEs that I was away when they did matrices in maths. When I came back they had finished the topic. We had some sort of test/mock and I clearly remember having to leave two pages blank because of this.

I'm sure I managed to catch up though because I got an A in the end.

pollywollydoodle Fri 17-Jan-14 06:05:33

the only time my parents did it , was for a week at the start of 6th form...it felt like it took ages to catch up with all the admin and work

Greythorne Fri 17-Jan-14 06:10:29

Me! I went on a term
Time exchange in 4th year, missed how to balance chemical equations innChemistry, NEVER got to grips with the subject after that. Nobody knew I didn't know how to do this thing and I would bluff it. Got a D in a Chemistry.

cory Fri 17-Jan-14 08:17:23

I went on 3 short visits to an English boarding school, learnt English to a high standard, did O-levels in subjects I did not study at home and had no difficulty in keeping up with my studies back home. My db did something similar with a German school.

tiggytape Fri 17-Jan-14 10:19:34

There's a long enough thread on this in AIBU if you feel strongly about it and plenty agree with you so you wouldn't be alone - it is a 50/50 split by the looks of it.

People who find their way to the education section of an online parenting forum are also unlikely to be the ones this is aimed at so you're probably asking the wrong people.

Up until recently many reasoned adults took a rational decision to very occasionally have a term time holiday if their child wasn't behind and would be helped to catch up.
In recent years this became totally abused and caused chaos for teachers who (despite parental perceptions) can't "just give him a worksheet" to catch up. That's why it changed. Not because people of the 1960's - 1980's felt they'd missed out but because, in the age of greater holiday expectations, more of today's children were being harmed by parents who took weeks out of school year in, year out regardless of their child's attainment and attendance levels.

Metebelis3 Fri 17-Jan-14 10:49:57

I never went on holiday during term time. Most people didn't.

Draughts Fri 17-Jan-14 10:54:54

Not in the slightest. Saying that is was only ever for 5 days at the most, but I don't feel it held me back at all. I also have a great work ethic. That particular argument really gets on my nerves!

creamteas Fri 17-Jan-14 10:57:42

No term-time holidays ever.

To be honest, we hardly went on holidays at all, as we didn't have enough money.

Which is probably why I think the 'oh a holiday is so necessary for family time' argument pretty laughable.

handcream Fri 17-Jan-14 11:00:44

Honestly - I think if you are taking your kids out of school you are then expecting 'others' to sort out the lessons they missed whilst they were away....

Didnt the family that have just been fined not have a great attendance record? Or have I got that wrong??

redskyatnight Fri 17-Jan-14 12:31:11

I'm not sure how anyone could know if they were affected - unless they were able to clone themselves, put one clone in school and take one clone on holiday.

I missed a week of school when I was 12. Because I had chicken pox . I missed the teaching of a new maths topic. And although I have since gone on to get a maths degree from Oxbridge, I still have a mental block about the topic. So I would say that being absent did affect me. (though of course maybe I would have had a mental block about the topic anyway, who can say).

dannydyerismydad Fri 17-Jan-14 12:49:58

I never took holiday in term time, but had 2 weeks off for an operation in year 9 and struggled to catch up with what I missed.

I had it drummed into me that life isn't fair and that rules are there for a reason.

Norudeshitrequired Fri 17-Jan-14 13:34:45

I wouldn't say that my education was damaged by term time holidays because the school I went to was awful and I took responsibility for teaching myself using the local library. However, I missed the first week of senior school due to going on my first ever holiday and I struggled to settle as everybody had already met and made friends. I would have hated to be taken on holiday during term time every year.

Ragwort Fri 17-Jan-14 13:36:39

I just can't ever remember anyone (certainly not me) having time off for holidays in term time, it just wasn't done. But I am pretty ancient, went to school in the 60s grin.

MrsSippie Fri 17-Jan-14 13:48:05

I was taken out of school at the end of my third year (year 9 in modern ways) to go to Canada for two months. Ended up with 6 good O levels, 3 A levels and have been pretty ok ever since <shrug>
dd1, who is now 24, spent two weeks out of school in year 5 to go to Greece, ds now 13 has been on holiday three times out of school aged 4, 7. and 9 and dd now 8 missed two weeks of nursery aged 3. They are not yet delinquents, nor do they need assistance spelling, adding up, socializing or making intelligent conversation.

MrsSippie Fri 17-Jan-14 13:49:14

However, I had 30 plus operations as a child where I had to be out of school for many weeks, which did hold me back in Maths - the hospital school felt sorry for us and let us do the subjects we liked grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 17-Jan-14 13:52:25

Not me! And we were taken out of school for at least a week nearly every year.

sapphirestar Fri 17-Jan-14 13:54:22

Never affected me at all, although I was slightly pissed when my parents and 2 sisters went away for a 2week holiday in the middle of my gcses leaving me at home. Just one year couldn't they have waited for the holidays so I could go too?!!

AChickenCalledKorma Fri 17-Jan-14 18:56:46

I never had a holiday in term time. And I always felt really cheesed off when other people in my class did.

SiliconeSally Fri 17-Jan-14 19:05:27

No wonder you were pissed off, sapphirestar. There is no way I would go on hol with the other siblings and leave a GCSE age child at home to do their exams!

Did you pass?

morethanpotatoprints Fri 17-Jan-14 19:11:23

We never had holidays abroad as my parents couldn't afford them.
Occasionally we would holiday in Britain though.
You didn't go during school time then.
The education system of the time completely failed me and I left with sweet FA
Don't think helps much but another view.
Anything you couldn't afford, you did without.
It wasn't an entitled generation tbh.

ItsATIARA Fri 17-Jan-14 19:23:17

Oh god, yes sapphire, my parents took my DB away on holiday while I was at boarding school. I have still never been to the place in question, and for geo-political reasons the thing that was unique about it no longer applies, so I can never have that experience. 35 years later, if the location in question comes up, I point out loudly that "I wouldn't know, because I've never been there, unlike you three." I think I'll give it another 15 years to make it a nice round half-century, and then I'll let it go grin.

So no, I never had a term time holiday, but I was off the day they did long multiplication (I caught up).

rabbitstew Fri 17-Jan-14 19:26:59

I am 100% certain that had I been taken out of school for a holiday at some point between the ages of 4 and 9, it would have done me no long term, or short term, harm whatsoever.

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