Today on the McLaughlin Group ... actually, I don't know that it was today. We tape everything on TiVo so we can skip through commercials ... and ... honestly, the days start to blur together. In any case, on the McLaughlin Group that we watched today, they debated an interesting topic.
Winter break is based around the Christian holiday of Christmas. Spring break is based around the Christian holiday of Easter. All together, there are 78 religious holidays that could be celebrated by various religions throughout the school year.
Right now, students who take days off to celebrate religious holidays are given an unexcused absence ... therefore, Christian students are, by default, given two of their major religious holidays off ... while Jewish students aren't given Yom Kippur or Rosh HaShanah and Muslim students aren't given Muharram or Mawlid al-Nabi.
So, what's the solution? Some are arguing that we should do away with all religious holidays ... to which I ask ... does anyone think there's a school board anywhere in the United States that would vote to have students attend on December 25th? Good luck with that.
It seems like there's a simple solution ... and I can't understand why every school isn't already doing it. Personal days. Quite a few employers give their people a set amount of vacation time ... say two weeks ... then a set amount of personal time ... say three days ... to use here or there.
For instance, give each child three personal days. That child can use those days for religious holidays, family reunions, or Cubs games up at Wrigley ... not that I'm biased.
It just seems like a simple solution ... whether you're Jewish, Muslim, Christian, or a robe-wearing, tambourine-playing Hari Krishna, you're guaranteed the right to participate in your particular holidays without repercussion. What more could you ask for?
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no I've said too much
I haven't said enough
REM - Losing My Religion