Should Students Go To School on MLK Day?
Mahwah students will be in class this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to make up for school days lost during Hurricane Sandy. One Patch blogger argues against holding classes that day.
Later this month, Mahwah students will be going to school on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In a decision last month, the Mahwah Board of Education voted to add several days during the President’s week break and MLK Day back into the school calendar to make up for days lost during Hurricane Sandy.
The decision was not one made only in Mahwah. Districts around the area were left to figure out how to make up for a week or more of days missed due to extended power outages after the storm.
Some districts, like Ramsey, added school days to the end of the year in June.
Like Mahwah, the Glen Rock school district chose to add in MLK Day to the school calendar.
A Ridgewood-Glen Rock Patch blogger recently took to his computer to criticize the decision, arguing that having kids go to school on Jan. 21 this year ignores the significance of the holiday.
Patch blogger Sean Brennan called the board’s decision “unquestionably insensitive and out of touch. A singularly American holiday of reverence established only 30 years ago, this is a day to honor the legacy of Dr. King, to be inspired by him through a commitment of service, to remember where we have come from, extend our hands of friendship, broaden our community, and understand what work we still need to do.”
Mahwah school officials said that MLK Day will be a full day of school, but half of the day’s activities would be dedicated to service and learning about the significance of the holiday.
In his post, Brennan argued that learning about service is not giving students an opportunity to participate in service.
So, Patch wants to know, what do you think of the decision to have kids in school on MLK Day? Think school gives students an opportunity to learn about the holiday’s significance? Or, does it ignore the importance of the holiday? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.