Keeping schools open on Jewish holidays dashes Muslims' hopes

I ask that the Baltimore County School Board please vote to keep the public schools closed for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (“Baltimore County considers keeping schools open on Jewish holidays,” Oct. 4). I believe that the Baltimore County schools should be taking steps to respect all of the major faiths of children and teachers in the system.

We have been asking for the two most important Muslim holidays, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, to be honored and acknowledged in some way on the school calendar. Unfortunately, we have been disappointed so far. But achieving recognition for the Muslim holy days will not happen by taking away from the days off for other faiths. It should not be a competition between religions.

We should be more tolerant and respectful of our school system’s growing diversity. This means finding new ways to add more days off, hopefully by regaining flexibility for our school calendar. Please continue to support a school calendar that closes for the Jewish holidays, and urge the state to give you back the flexibility that you need to acknowledge other faiths’ holidays, too.

Aisha Khan, Catonsville

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