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Educational vacations versus standardized testing

from The Atlantic

Perhaps many of the parents who are disillusioned with America's hyper-standardized education system are channeling the famous scene from the 1976 film Network, when a news anchor — in the midst of an epic on-air soliloquy about modern society — declares, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore." Michael Rossi — the author of a now-famous letter to the principal of his children's school — probably wasn't as fed-up as the character in the film. But looking at his letter, he may have been close to it. Rossi and his wife Cindy brought their two young children — Jack and Victoria, who attend Rydal Elementary School in Pennsylvania — to Boston earlier this month to watch Rossi compete in this year's marathon. That meant the kids missed three days of school. more

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