Thought I would have a look and see how it was getting on in here...
As as selfish parent one of the things I can't help noticing is how tired our children are even in the years where they have had an additional two-weeks holiday. Considering that private, public and foreign schools often have longer holidays. Are state schools terms too long?
I still believe that taking our children out of school actually does benefit them in the round and would disagree - given our emphasis on the importance of school and education that it suggests to our children that school is unimportant and should be treated with disdain.
Also there is a huge difference between a "frank exchange of views" and aggression or abuse. I don't think aggression or abuse is an appropriate way to treat any professional. Providing criticism is not the same thing at all.
I've also said that special treatment is not appropriate. In my mind the same more flexible treatment should be applied to all.
In fairness to some of my critics though, as on a previous thread I think some of my initial posts were clouded by the issues we have and are continuing to have with a frankly bullying head.
Finally it would be interesting to see how much emphasis those who have criticised out approach, put on education through the year. If by chance it was less than we do in our family - due to your own priorities, constraints, etc... I don't think I would be here criticising you with such vehemence or strength. I would happily not comment on your parenting approach unless you asked me to do so.