Factors Of Absenteeism In Public Schools In America

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“The school act of 1850 gave legislative recognition to property assessment for school purposes, making it possible for the individual school boards to introduce free schools. If the schools were free, then there was no reason why every child of school-age should not attend them. The task was to bring the children into the schools and, just as importantly, to ensure that they attended with sufficient regularity to gain the benefits of education.”
“‘Irregularity of attendance’, one local superintendent declared in 1871, ‘is the bane and curse of the public schools; it is a log and chain upon the progress of instruction for it blasts and withers the noblest purposes of the best of teachers.’ Irregular attendance not only deprived the individual student of adequate schooling but disrupted the whole school.”
Although the schooling was free and compulsory in Canada in the mid and late nineteenth century, there was a problem of absenteeism of children in schools due to various reasons. Firstly, familial economic and social reasons. Secondly, economic and social factors determining absenteeism. Next, public schools, teachers, and parents as factors influencing absenteeism. Last but not the least, public schools and teachers as determining factors of absenteeism.

The regularity of students in public schools was affected due to the familial economic and social reasons in Canada. In the Upper Canadian societies, due to the problem of poverty, the children were engaged in labor
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