November 16, 2012

Regarding the Nov. 14 Metro article “In Montgomery, no Islamic school holiday”:

Several points should be noted in response to the requests by members of the Muslim community that Montgomery County Public Schools recognize the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

First, the United States being basically a Christian country, holidays such as Christmas and Good Friday are official days off because large numbers of students would miss classes on those days.

Additionally, one reason schools in counties such as Montgomery County are closed on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hoshanah and Yom Kippur is because too many substitutes would be needed to fill in for teachers who practice the Jewish faith.

Arguing to give additional days off out of “fairness” to other ethnic or religious groups overlooks these practical considerations.

Sheri Bernstein, Olney