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View Poll Results: Should Public Schools be closed on religious holidays?
Yes, but only in areas with large religious minority 14 22.58%
No, only for Christian (Federal/State) holidays 21 33.87%
No, keep schools open on ALL religious holidays! 27 43.55%
Voters: 62. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-30-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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Question Should Public Schools be closed for religious minority holidays?

Forgot to add poll. Please go to the other thread to vote and discuss!!
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:00 PM
 
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Arrow Should Public Schools be closed for minority religious holidays?

In the U.S., all Public Schools are closed between Christmas & New Year's (Most often from Dec 24 until Jan 2) and most are also closed for Good Friday (either as a holiday of its own, or part of spring break). Schools are obviously closed for Easter since it falls on Sunday.

In some areas, schools may be closed for Jewish high holidays (Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur), and some even for Muslim holidays (Eid).

Around 80% of the U.S. are Christians, 2% Jews and less than 1% Muslims.
Christians make up the largest population in every single state and county.

Should Public Schools be closed for any religious minority holiday?
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:00 PM
 
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Forgot to add poll. Please go to the other thread to vote and discuss!!

You might want to cut and paste the other thread cause not everybody knows where it is.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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You might want to cut and paste the other thread cause not everybody knows where it is.
How?
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:11 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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I would have chosen the last one but I don't want to give up Christmas! My last system was not closed for Good Friday; I think more than a few schools have stopped that because of the "unfairness" of it. And really, they should. The best way for schools to address this is to allow liberal excused absences for religious holidays - although month long holidays, such as Ramadan, can be a bit tricky. Flexibility is the key to dealing fairly with this.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/sp...anted=all&_r=0
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: New York metropolitan area
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I would have chosen the last one but I don't want to give up Christmas! My last system was not closed for Good Friday; I think more than a few schools have stopped that because of the "unfairness" of it. And really, they should. The best way for schools to address this is to allow liberal excused absences for religious holidays - although month long holidays, such as Ramadan, can be a bit tricky. Flexibility is the key to dealing fairly with this.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/sp...anted=all&_r=0
Christmas would never be abolished because it is part of the American culture since around 96% of Americans celebrate it, and 80% of the U.S. are Christians.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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By putting a link in:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/polit...religious.html
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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In some school districts, there are not enough substitute teachers to stand in for the teachers observing Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. In others, enough students take off that the day would not count as a full day because of the absences, so it makes more sense to shut the school down.

It's a logistics question, not a fairness question.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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If we close the schools for every single religious holiday no matter what the religion, when will the children go to school?
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:27 PM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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In some school districts, there are not enough substitute teachers to stand in for the teachers observing Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. In others, enough students take off that the day would not count as a full day because of the absences, so it makes more sense to shut the school down.

It's a logistics question, not a fairness question.
^^^This.
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