Ferris Beuler's Day Off

Did you ever skip school? Come on...be honest.

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Comments (13)

(13) I was there!, August 31, 2009 6:37 PM

I found this clip quite amusing. I think that kids(or adults) who don't know how to let go of the pressure once in a while are missing out on a beautiful part of life. As a high school student, although I loved learning and was accedemically motivated I would take a day "off" once in a few months and go have some fun with a friend (my mother thought I was in school). I found this to be very refreshing and pitied the very studious kids who did't know how to enjoy themselves a bit. Looking back those were really fun days!

(12) skipper, May 17, 2009 2:57 PM

ya hello! seriously, who in high school doesn't skip?

and yes I do pay for it in the end and no its totally not worth it!

(11) tzvi shoop, February 15, 2009 3:27 PM


GUYS its SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY and yes some days i skip school i am in 7th grade

(10) Anonymous, December 30, 2008 8:41 PM

Goody-Two-Shoes Unite

I hardly ever skipped classes in high school. My mother and grandmother were both teachers and actually sent us to school even when we were sick (I once went to school for several days and did not feel well. Only later did we realize that I had an advanced case of strep-throat). The great thing about being a "Goody-Two-Shoes" (and martyr) is that when I actually did skip school, I was able to do it legally.... my high-school counselor wrote me several notes excusing me from classes in order to attend other events, including a concert at our local university. I can't imagine anyone doing that now. I still remember those events, but have no memories of what I missed in school on those days. Our oldest, who is now in college, actually asked my permission to skip classes once when he was in high-school and yes, I gave him permission (with the understanding he had to face the consequences). We also take "hooky-days" every year for our children's birthdays and do whatever they want on those days. Like my mother and grandmother, I am an educator, but I do not send my children to school when they are sick.

(9) Andy, December 30, 2008 2:36 PM

Once was enough

I was once going to Boston for Shabbos to visit some friends who had moved a few years earlier. I was taking the train and was supposed to leave for the station directly from school, so I had my suitcase with me. On my way to school, I was struck by this crazy idea- Friday school had always been rather pointless because it was a shorter day and there were always a lot of absences due to Shabbos plans. So I decided to ditch and take an earlier train to Boston. I enjoyed my Shabbos and returned home to angry parents and a prompt grounding. The school did not punish me as it was a first-time offense, but I never tried it again!

(8) Mom, December 30, 2008 12:38 PM


In my high-pressure high school I would get to the point every couple of months, of a conditon we now know as "burn-out." But all I knew then was that for no concrete reason I really needed to stay home (of course this did admittedly coincide with a test not studied for a couple of times). After 10th grade I buckled down, though. It's part of growing up. But peer pressure embarrassed me out of it to some extent. i had a few really caring classmates who'd call me after they'd get home to see how i was, only to hear another vague excuse about a stomach virus. I felt ridiculous once I realized I was probably the most chronic stomach virus sufferer they had ever met. Also, this story i tell my kids: Once, I was so determined to stay home that I made my feigned sickness seem really plausible by staying up for hours the night before, coughing really loudly so Mom would hear. Well, wouldn't you know, the next day I had a full-blown throat infection and cough. Not the funnest day off I ever had. Lesson: be careful what you wish for, and a little guilt can be a good thing. My kids learned they didn't have to take advantage and feign sickness. I allowed it on rare occasion when I sensed burnout, and this I think encouraged honesty.

(7) Ronni, December 30, 2008 12:33 PM

My Day Off

I played a real hooky day by purposely missing my bus and then walking over to my friend who was visiting from out of town. It was a pretty good day considering that I didn't realize that it was New Year's Day (orthodox schools are open on that day) and every single store was closed (but the Pizza shop was open!)and I walked back home in time to monitor the phone so that my friends wouldn't say anything to my mother about whether I was sick!

(6) ata, December 30, 2008 11:31 AM

life should not revolve around school. true, some of what we learn in school affects us for the rest of our lives. however, sometimes it gets so out of hand that children never have time to be themselves, to enjoy life, to look around and discover themselves. i think that we put too much pressure on kids to do well in school. sometimes, it is more important to appreciate the wonders that Hashem gave us and to discover the real world.

(5) Shoshana, December 30, 2008 9:24 AM

I skipped school once...

I skipped a day of college (when attendance was mandatory) to read Walden. I learnt more than I would have in class. But I don't like your video. It has no positive message.

(4) Amanda Rose, December 29, 2008 7:05 PM

skipping school

I sadly skipped school for a 2 hour period my senior year. I was so freaked out by the fact someone may see me & tell my parents that I went back to home room as if I was on an extended hall pass. Guilt kept me in check!

(3) Eva, December 28, 2008 2:51 PM

All the friggin time

I skipped my afternoon classes when I was a Sr. We were permitted to sign ourselves out at 18, so once I hit 18, I went to classes maybe once or twice a week. Ironically, the classes I skipped the most were the ones I got the As in.

(2) mordy, December 28, 2008 11:33 AM

i don't go school when i am sick or i am away. i never pretend to be sick

(1) Moshe Rosen, December 28, 2008 8:27 AM

staying in school

I almost always went to school just about every day. I tried to be as honest as I could if I had an illness such as a cold, chicken pox, and back spasms if I felt that way. I wouldn't just fake it by say, holding a thermometer on a lightbulb to say that I had a high temperature. I stood the course and stayed in school until I graduated. Sadly today, I hear more of kids dropping out of school than just faking that they're sick, very likely as a result of our failing education system. School ought to be more interesting and interactive as opposed to monotonous lectures. It's bad enough that kids younger than me are dropping out of school at an alarming rate just because they think it is "too hard".


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