As a parent my life has changed massively - massively for the better. I'm not looking for "life changing" holidays - in fact it's not about 'my' holiday at all. By taking a holiday in term time we can give our children experiences they wouldn't have otherwise during their formative years.
Schools and education are not synonymous. The problem is that some teachers* and many parents think it is. Education is also not about targets. Setting highly arbitrary quantative targets is an incredibly poor way to try and assess performance. When you focus teachers on demonstrating their effectiveness against these targets you end up with a very narrow definition of 'good' and a system which begins to have a distorted view of what matters. We now have a large proportion of teaching professionals who have only known this system and have only achieved professional 'success' through it.
I am not on my own thinking this causes problems, many of the people we socialise with* see this is an issue. It is this restrictive focus which caused some of the problems in a different type of institution - Stafford hospital. It becomes a problem wherever it is applied. In the NHS for example there are shorter waiting lists which is great, but also a far more concerns over lack of dignity and compassion in care...
I also would contend that trying to change behaviours by mandate (whether legislation or regulation ) is a poor way to change behaviours. Those who won't change - still don't change but become more marginalised. Making real change involves changing culture.
So my points would be this: -
1. There is no real need to further restrict the ability of parents to take children out of school for holidays during term time
2. A draconian approach to this is misguided and unnecessary
3. I don't appreciate or need to be talked down too by anyone - simply because they help educate my child
4. Treating all parents and all types of absence in the same way is patently ridiculous
5. I still intend to take my children out of school
6. Education and schooling do not have an exclusive relationship
7. If I could educate my children at home full time without penalty - why should I be penalised for doing so for two weeks a year...?
*Both my wife and I have several primary and secondary teachers as friends - including two head teachers and two deputy head teachers. My perceptions are not limited to being a parent or a pupil.