This Dad Just Pw3ned His Kids' Principal - All Teachers, Parents and Travelers Should Read His Letter
Jack Rossi just returned from a family vacation to Boston -- and found a letter from his two elementary school children's principal saying that his kids' absence was not excusable. (Even though the primary purpose of the visit was to attend the funeral of a family member...) It read:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rossi,
Jack is a dad who understands the importance of travel. He understands that the best way to give your child a creative, entrepreneurial mind has nothing to do with flashcards. He understands that, by 1979 standards, most children today are physically and emotionally stunted. And he understands that childhood can be a magical, enriching journey... if parents don't let irrational fears and mindless obedience to authority interfere.
So he wrote this perfectly-worded reply:
Dear Madam Principal,
As someone who missed about a month of elementary school per year to travel with my family, I understand the value of real-world learning. I understand the difference between learning about fish in a book, and swimming beside them in the Pacific Ocean. I know where white sand comes from, because I've seen it being... excreted. I got my first (and, probably only) hickey ever after I scratched my leg with the same hand I'd been eating ceviche with, and the stringray picked up the scent and went after it.
I've always, always had a deep sense of appreciation for culture, nature and the arts -- due entirely to learning experiences that happened outside of the classroom.
So way to go, Michael Rossi! You just won my Dad of the Month award!
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