How would you have handled this situation?
Muslim parents asked the Montgomery County, Maryland Board of Education to close schools on their two most important religious holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, which, in some years occur during the school year.
The board of education refused, and instead chose to remove the religious names of school holidays from the school calendar, but to leave the holidays in place. Students in Montgomery County will still have a lengthy break at the end of December, but it won’t be called Christmas break. Likewise, they will still have Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah off, you just won’t know why by looking at the calendar.
The Washington Post notes that: “Students who miss classes on religious holidays are given excused absences. But Muslim families have argued that students should not have to choose between their faith and their schoolwork and that missing even a day leaves many students behind. They say the day off is a matter of equity, with Christian and Jewish students getting days off for their holidays.”
What do you think of the way in which the board handled the situation?