In a diverse society, too many religious groups want school holidays, reports CNN. If the Jews get off for High Holy Days, the Muslims want a few days off too, and then the Hindus and Buddhists feel left out.
Some districts mark “special observance days” when no test or exam can be scheduled. Other districts find inspiration in the business world — each student gets a number of “floating” days to celebrate his or her own holidays with an excused absence.
. . . New Jersey’s board of education now lists 76 excused religious holidays, from Russian Orthodox to Sikh.
The Ed Wonk wants a teacher’s holiday every other Monday. Three-Day Weekendism probably has more adherents than a number of better-known religions.