Principal Canceled Class Because of Great Weather

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Headmaster Len McWilliams of Calvary Christian School has canceled many school days because of bad weather. So, he vowed to do the opposite before he retires at the end of the year: cancel class to let school children enjoy a day outside when the weather is great.

"In the late 1980s, I was calling school off one winter day because of the terrible weather," he said to The Ledger-Enquirer. "The thought occurred to me that it would be great to call school off some day because it was too beautiful a day to go to school."

On Friday, McWilliams did just that: he canceled school because of awesome weather (You go, principal McWilliams!)

What do you think? Is canceling class (Gasp! What will the children learn?) so kids could enjoy a great day outdoors a bad thing?

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As a child, that would sound like a great idea. As a working parent, I would be pretty mad about a last minute cancellation like that. I live in Minnesota, where snow days are inevitable, but I don't feel like this is a good reason for me to have to either find last-minute child care or call off of work and leave my unit understaffed.
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My fourth grade teacher Mr. Simpson, freshly returned from a stint serving in the Viet Nam war, would often take our class on "nature walks" around our suburban school on beautiful sunny days.

Once the administration became aware of these walks, they put the kibosh on them, insisting that each child's parents sign a consent form and waiver prior.

Since it is difficult to detect well in advance what the weather is going to be, and since those children whose parents did not sign the waivers had to stay at the school and be tended by a second teacher...the nature walks ceased.

Another innocent, innocuous activity strangled by a bureaucracy and the liability lawyers.
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I remember in an English lit class, we once all decided to just convene class outside. The professor was thankfully cooperative.

I don't think that I could manage it with my own teaching style. I need the projection screen and the classroom arrangement too much to part with them. Besides--late students wouldn't be able to find the class.
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When I was young and the weather was especially nice, we'd often just take class outside. The school had a big front yard and a huge shade tree to sit under. But my kids' school takes off days for things like state basketball tournaments and local festivals, so don't give them any more excuses!
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