|Happy birthday. I mean...professional day.
||[Dec. 27th, 2008|07:11 pm]
The Question Club
I live in a primarily Caucasian, affluent district. None of the middle/elementary/high schools have ever recognized Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a truly significant holiday (or rather, one that students would not have to attend school on), but in the elementary/middle schools, they usually did some kind of commemorative lesson in Social Students. High school, not so much, but it's the same with many other federal holidays.|
This year, there are many more African-American students (still about enough to count on maybe two hands, but more than my freshman and sophomore years). A senior African-American student brought the issue of not celebrating MLK Jr.'s birthday to the administration and "convinced" them to give students off for that day. We received a letter today addressing this change, but merely said "Monday the 19th has been dedicated a professional day for staff, so there will be no school for students to give teachers an opportunity to catch up on their work."
Although I was never really interested in making this a "day-off" holiday, I thought about the student who fought for this change and how he must be reacting to this "professional day."
Also, they decided that in order to make up for a lost day, the day would replace one of our snow days, so we're only allowed 2 days off without removing a day from Spring break / adding a day to the school year instead of the usual 3.
Is the administration refraining from regarding the day as what the day actually is on purpose or is there some underlying reason, like they're trying to avoid controversy or something?
In other news, what would you consider the most tremendous event of 2008? A death, an event, the election?