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A kindergarten teacher asked a school social worker to observe a child in her class. At the tender age of 5, this boy had developed a regular pattern of absence, disturbing to his teacher. The teacher had been unable to reach the boy’s parents by telephone. The social worker observed the child in class and noticed nothing unusual about his play behavior. Finally, he called the boy aside to ask him why he was absent every Thursday. He told the child how much everyone liked him at school and how they enjoyed having him there. Why was it he did not come to school on Thursdays? Was there something about school activities on that day of the week that he disliked? Was there some problem at home that kept him there?
‘No problem’ replied the boy, his face lighting up. ‘But you see, my mother is an opera singer and she travels a lot. Thursday is the day she has arranged to stay at home to love me.’
Until we are ready to tackle poverty in this country, we will never see a solution to student truancy.
—Adriane Kayoko Peralta
Truancy is a part of American folklore. From the days of Tom Sawyer, mature Americans have chuckled over the antics of adolescents attempting to avoid the drudgery of the classroom in favor of the delights of the old swimming hole. Even today, teachers and administrators chuckle over the lame excuses that students use to cover their absence from school. However, the time has long passed when school personnel can afford to take lightly the unexcused absence of any student. Times have changed since playing hooky was simply considered naughty. Today an education is a necessity, and the present degree to which students deprive themselves of the benefits of a formal education is astonishing.
—Dan L. Miller
There is a close correlation between getting up in the morning and getting up in the world.
Some researchers posit that if students who live in high-poverty neighborhoods attended school every day with no other changes being made, students would experience increased rates of academic achievement, high-school completion, post-secondary education attainment, and economic productivity.
—Center for American Progress
Crime is a social problem, and education is the only real deterrent. Look at all of us in prison; we were all truants and dropouts, a failure of the educational system. Look at your truancy problem, and you’re looking at your future prisoners. Put the money there.
We know chronic truancy leads to dropping out, which dramatically increases the odds that a young person will become either a perpetrator or a victim of crime. Folks, it is time to get serious about the problem of chronic truancy in California. Last year we had 600,000 truant students in our elementary schools alone, which roughly matches the number of inmates in our state prisons. Is it a coincidence? Of course not.
—California Attorney General Kamala Harris (2016)
Attendance once again was tagged as the most troublesome day-to-day problem in the administration of secondary schools.
Esmeralda, a Latina sophomore, was the best softball player on the high school team that I coached. Nearly every time she came to the plate, she hit a triple or a double. While the other parents routinely came to the games, Esmeralda’s parents were never there. One day, Esmeralda came to practice with a new tattoo of a boy’s name. I assumed that it was the name of a new boyfriend, but she corrected me and told me it was her father’s name. Her father was serving a life sentence in state prison. He had been in prison since Esmeralda was a child. The following year, Esmeralda was absent from school for four consecutive days. When she showed up on Friday, I asked her where she had been. She told me that over the weekend federal agents broke down her front door at 4:00 in the morning; they searched the entire house and arrested her mother and aunt. Esmeralda was terrified and had no idea what was going on. She later found out that her mother was part of a drug smuggling operation, and the police had found large amounts of drugs and money in the home. After her mother’s arrest, law enforcement seized their home, and Esmeralda and her older sister, who was only 20 years old, needed a place to stay. The two of them had no money, so they stayed with their mother’s friends. From then on, Esmeralda only came to school about once a week, until she finally dropped out. Esmeralda was a very talented student-athlete, and any college would have been lucky to have her, but her family’s circumstances prevented her from ever having a chance.
—Adriane Kayoko Peralta
Truancy is not the problem—it’s an indicator of other problems. When students aren’t in school, we need to understand why they stay away before we can
—California Department of Education
Causes of chronic absenteeism include illness—asthma is one of the most common—missed buses, broken cars, and just playing hooky. In kindergarten and 1st grade, which have the highest rates of absenteeism outside of high school, parents often let their children stay home because they don’t understand that academic expectations have stepped up in those grades since they were students.
—Erik W. Robelen
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