"At the marathon, they watched blind runners, runners with prosthetic limbs and debilitating diseases and people running to raise money for great causes run in the most prestigious and historic marathon in the world.He's wrong in thinking his family trip should be an excused absence:
"They also paid tribute to the victims of a senseless act of terrorism and learned that no matter what evil may occur, terrorists cannot deter the American spirit.
"These are things they won't ever truly learn in the classroom."
The father of twins attending a Pennsylvania elementary school hit back at a principal who informed him in a letter that his children were not excused for missing school earlier this month when they attended the Boston Marathon to cheer him on.He said he'd take his kids out of school again for similar reasons.
The Philadelphia Magazine reported Tuesday that Mike Rossi, who is a part-time radio personality, was miffed when he received the letter from the principal, Rochelle Marbury, of Rydal Elementary School in Huntington Valley, Pa.
The trip may have provided every single experience he claimed, and then some. But that doesn't mean his kids' absence should be considered excused; if parental claim were the standard there'd never be an unexcused absence.
He's free to take his kids out of school whenever, and for whatever reason, he thinks appropriate; no one's taking that away from him. He doesn't get to dictate school policy, though, just because he wants to.