That is how you feel and of course everyone is entitled to their opinion. Most colleges look at students who are well rounded and not just have their heads in the books.
There are no students taking 10+ AP classes - there are less classes than that in the school year and gym and many other classes do not have AP classes no matter how smart you are. There are also many high school students that play sports and are in many AP classes and they miss school on a rare occassion for sports. High schools even dismiss them early to attend games that are further away.
There are also no AP classess in the 6th grade - as my daughter's teacher stated what are you going to miss in 6th grade. And do you know there are kids in Newton that play on competitive sports teams and miss school? My older daughter was on a team with several girls from Newton. Did you know there are AP classes in other towns than Newton...even in places like gasp....Brockton.
Ánd it isn't just sports they miss classes for - we have a very competitive music program in our schools - they often miss school traveling to compete. There are even academic competitions -- sometimes students miss school to attend an academic competion - my daughter has attended math olympics and missed a day of school for it. She also was in a regional spelling bee and missed two days of schools.
I am discussing good old common sense - it is ok to miss a day or two on a rare occassion. So you think if a child is sick and they do not attend school then they are a drag on taxes and will fail academically because of the academic pressure.
Could you explain the difference of my daughter missing only 2 days of school the entire school year to some one who is out for two days for cold? I do not think 2 days of missing school is going to hurt the taxpayers or ruin her academically.