Monday, January 18, 2010

In My Humble Opinion

I appreciate the day off; however, I have a better idea. For this, and every other national holiday, would it not be better for us to spend the day together contemplating what has come before? To spend time with those who contributed to the cause and learn what it meant to them and how it changed their lives?

I feel that this "day off" sends the wrong message to our children and young adults. Would it not be better to honor Reverend King and all those who fought for our civil rights by continuing the effort? Would it not be better to take the "day off" from our "normal curriculum" and spend time doing something to support the legacy of this fine man and all those who worked with him? We are missing a wonderful opportunity to work with our current civil rights leaders. Just think how meaningful it would be to have students learning about the continuing struggles of those around the world!

It saddens me to have this day and so many others reduced in meaning to an extra day to sleep in and 20% off at the mall.

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