A mother has taken a surprising stance against her son’s school by refusing to let him accept an award for his perfect attendance.
Rachel Wright told teachers her 10-year-old son JJ’s perfect attendance can be chalked up to sheer “luck” and should not be honored with an award.
According to The Mirror, Wright is tired of watching children get punished for being sick.
In fact, Wright says giving out a prize that “demonizes the weak” is downright cruel and should not be something that we teach our children.
“We will celebrate and reward them, but being lucky enough not to get sick is not one of them,” Wright said. “He’s lucky to have not developed a fever, had an accident or live with a chronic illness.”
“In this family you are not shamed for ill health, vulnerability or weakness,” she added.
“Sickness is not something to be frowned upon or a result of lack of achievement, it is predominantly a mix of luck and genetics, neither of which my kids can control,” the proud mom continued.
“In this house you are not encouraged to spread germs when you are not well. In this house we look after ourselves and the weakest amongst us.”
Wright, whose eldest son was born with severe brain damage, says she never wants her kids to think they have any control over whether or not they are sick. According to The Mirror, Wright also pointed out that nobody would ever receive an award for not missing work.
“Can you imagine a work place that at the end of each week marked out all the people who hadn’t been sick?” Wright said.
“Can you imagine what kind of atmosphere that would create with people who had days off because of bereavement, mental health problem or chronic conditions?”
“What on earth are we teaching our kids about value and worth? What are we teaching them about looking out for each other and looking after the sick or disabled in our community?” she added.
Although Wright’s post on Facebook has garnered outrage amongst some parents, other praised her for being such an inclusive parent.
“My daughter has a chronic illness as well as many other health issues and has so many hospital appointments she’ll never get one of the above awards,” one mom commented. “Now they give the children with full attendance badges to wear too, it allows them extra privileges.”
“She suffers enough with her health and from bullies , without the school pointing a finger of shame at her. I couldn’t have said it better,” she continued.
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