'After what we just went through and are still going through how are we still rewarding students for something that's beyond their control?' he said.
"Perfect Attendance" awards are given out in most schools and it is something that students look forward to. The award means that the student has never taken a day off from school throughout the year. A TikTok user @speechprof is not in support of these awards, and he sure has a point. "Last month, my son won an award for being a good reader and at the ceremony, they also gave out the 'perfect attendance' award, and I was like how are we still doing this?" he said in the video.
He continued, "After what we just went through and are still going through how are we still rewarding students for something that's beyond their control? I realize it all comes down to funding. In the current state that we live in, shall we really be encouraging parents to send their sick kids to school? Is that the message we should be sending or should we be rewarding students that are responsible citizens and stay home when they are ill instead of coming to school and getting their classmates sick?" He pointed out that "the lesson that we are teaching kids is that they should feel guilty for getting sick. They are somehow less than and they are not worthy of an award simply because they got a cold."
The video begins with a snippet from another TikTok user @jayrscotty. He too seems to point out at this trend and says, "Perfect Attendance awards in elementary school were an early deposit of the idea that taking time off is 'bad.'"
Many people in the comment section agreed with what the TikTokers users said. @greek_chic_23 said, "They should rename them 'My adults send me to school sick' if they insist on doing them." Teacher, @emilyanne0301, gave her perspective on things, "I’m an elementary teacher and I absolutely HATE perfect attendance awards" and parent, @Mazeratti_lazaeto, agreed: "My kids' attendance is trash 🗑️. Their grades are good tho😂😂if they want/need a day off they are getting it."
Many people recalled their own experience with these awards as kids. @ghostunderrocks commented, "Attendance awards bummed me out bcz there was no universe in which a Jewish kid could honor our holidays & have perfect attendance at a public school." Another use, @sandy98665 commented, "I was an honor student who was chronically ill - I had actual attendance hearings that determined if I was there enough days to move to the next grade."
In another story, a 6-year-old boy named Brodie started a petition for a three-day weekend, according to Good Morning America. Brodie said in a video shared by his mother that he has been "dreaming" of a 3-day break from school. "Hey, I'm Brodie, and this is for the government, and I'm protesting," he says in the video. "I want three days off of school because I've been tired of school lately, and I've been dreaming of three days off. Two days is not enough for school. I need three days off." How stinking cute is that? Brodie also provided reasonable reasons for wanting more time off from school. "I need time to play and go with Nay Nay and stay home and do whatever I want outside," he said, referring to his grandmother.
He put up the petition on change.org and 379 people have already signed the petition. "Brodie also wants everyone to have their very own pool and a daily ice cream sundae at no charge- but that is a long-term goal he can tackle in a few decades. For now, he is hopeful that he can extend the weekend and shorten the work and school week by 1 day," reads the petition.