I am just wondering what your thoughts are, as educators, on this issue... The Philadelphia Phillies have just won the Wolrd Series. First time in over 20 years. Most people are just beside themselves here. I can appreciate a healthy enthusiasm for a sports team, espcially in an area where traditionally - well - let's face it - Philly teams are not all that great. I am subbing today... the day of the championship parade in downtown Philadelphia. They expect almost 2 million people to attend this parade. In the last class I had in here today (I am a computer teacher today) was missing five students. The speculation is that they are going to the parade. Now... today IS Halloween so there are in-class parties this afternoon etc. But it is also Friday and there are usually spelling tests at a minimum - often Reading and Grammar tests as well. How do you, as an educator, feel about a student missing school to attend a sports parade?