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But you do observe the Christian holidays. And you are free to observe them with excused absences since school is not even in session. And you have no idea where that woman stands on prayer at school. She didn't even mention it. Chances are real good that she could care less if kids want to pray at school. Just don't require her kid to do it your way. She isn't standing up screaming about separation of church and state--YOU brought it up. No one has asked for school to be cancelled or special treatment. The county is being asked to use COMMON SENSE and a CALENDAR! Jews miss things all the time without anyone issuing a complaint. Yearbook picture day, quizzes, class tests, soccer tournaments, dance recitals, company picnics, corporate events, etc. We even don't complain when the CRCT's are given during Passover, (a time when our kids are up way past their bedtime to attend the traditional Seder meal) and they drag themselves to school tired. We are only asking that they not schedule tests that measure intelligence (and affect their school career) on days when they KNOW FOR SURE the kids can't be there. They can manage to avoid a couple of days a year to schedule a three day test. That's it. But everyone seems to get quite up in arms and finds an excuse to slam the Jews when a parent is just asking to make it so that the variables are the same for testing her kid as everyone else. It always strikes me how often the people who talk about prayer in school are the ones who behave so hatefully toward us...You use our words in your prayers.
It's sad to see so much animosity here. (Guess it's easy when it's not you.) Calling the mother a whiner? Really? You folks are not thinking this all the way through. THIS IS ABOUT THE KIDS! You do not schedule tests that measure intelligence when you know for a fact that there are students who cannot attend--regardless of the reason. I addressed this with the Office of Assessment in August. What follows is an excerpt from my letter:
"No child should have to be pulled from regular class to “make up” the CogAT for reasons that are completely avoidable. Illness happens suddenly. Accidents happen suddenly. The dates of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, on the other hand, are set and predictable....Dismissing any minority group because they will have an “excused absence”, and an opportunity to “make up”, is wrong. No one is claiming the Jews are entitled to special treatment, but rather that Jewish students should not be saddled with more make up work than is already necessary by missing a regular school day. Being pulled from class to make up a test will cause them to miss even more instruction....many children do not do as well in a “make up” situation. This equates to knowingly changing the testing variables and causing undue burden for some kids...Now really, are these scheduling conflicts deliberate? Highly unlikely! But that’s the point: the scheduling by school officials should be very deliberate..."
Now, would those of you who are crying out, "If you don't like it leave" or "Quit whining" be saying the same thing if the group that was affected were simply a larger portion of the population? Your excuse to be hateful seems justified in your mind by numbers. It's okay to make exceptions for Good Friday because too many kids would miss, right? But Special needs children aren't a very large group either. What if they were the ones excluded? Would you tell them to quit whining? Would you tell them to move to another county? Or would you sympathize? Take religion out of it. Stop portraying such antisemitism; it shows ignorance. No one is trying to tread on Santa or the Pledge of Allegiance. THINK. This is not about religion; it's about the children and not causing undue burden. It's about using common sense and a calendar.
This mother is not a whiner. She is angry that the county scheduled testing on a date when it is not possible for some children to be at school. That her child is not affected speaks more to her character than otherwise.
And if those of you who are being so ugly happen to be Christian, I would like for you to take a moment to call upon the feelings you have when you pray. You often use the Hebrew words Hallelujah and Amen to capture the feelings you cannot readily articulate in English...We are united in this language of prayer. This is Religion.
Why can't we be united in not purposefully leaving out certain kids on important testing days? This is Human.
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