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Letter: Too many religious holidays for schools

A first-grade class returns to a classroom at

A first-grade class returns to a classroom at the J. Fred Sparke Elementary School in Levittown, Island Trees School District, on Oct. 18, 2011. Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

The rush by some school districts to recognize more holidays for school closings is a foolish, unsound effort to pander to political correctness [“Adding more holidays,” News, Jan. 28].

Schools need to stay open more days, not fewer. Where does it end? Shall we close schools for holidays recognizing Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and perhaps Wiccan beliefs?

School districts should proclaim they will close on no religious holidays but will allow observant students to take off to honor their religions and require them to make up work missed.

This, of course, would require a commitment to education, which I believe is secondary for our school administrators to making self-serving political statements.

Jay Roberts, Jericho

 

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