The school board in Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D. C., has voted not to name the holidays associated with religions on the school calendar.
School will still be dismissed for Christmas, Easter, and the major Jewish holidays. But when Muslims wanted time off for their holidays, the school board decided to think about holidays like this: We aren’t observing the religious holidays; rather, we are dismissing classes when large numbers of students are likely to be absent. So on the school calendar, instead of so much as mentioning “Christmas,” there is just a notice of “no class today.”
Is this silly, does it make sense, or should the schools dismiss classes for Islamic holidays too? [Read more…]