I see many comments from people who feel that other people are pushing their religious beliefs on them. Many people are against having prayer in school, why take out prayer, but leave in religious holidays? Public school administrators have to consider numerous factors when deciding when class ought to be in session. Add religion into the mix of considerations and rational planning becomes impossible. The separation of church and state means that we, as official representatives of a public school and as authority figures within that system, can’t lead those prayers, encourage those beliefs, or host those celebrations. Picower pointed to New York City schools, which this year gave students a day off for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. It does mean that once families and programs have decided on what holidays to celebrate, none should be treated as if they are "unusual." Religion as an Educational Lesson. At public schools across the nation, there's little consensus on which holidays should count. Not only does it give the days off to Muslim and Jewish students, but it brings increased awareness to the holidays celebrated by other faiths. Decisions like that, she said, should be locally tailored to each school. MPR News Staff January 28, 2016, 9:18 AM Jan 28, 2016. Depicting a diversity of beliefs and customs is important when teaching students about religion and culture. School-sponsored activities should also focus on more than one religion and religious holiday. The law is less clear regarding the limits on holiday celebrations in public schools, but a number of guidelines should be followed in order to ensure that our public schools can best celebrate the religious freedom upon which our nation was founded. Advertisement Lunar New Year, celebrated in January or February and is the biggest holiday of the year in Chinese and Korean culture. That figure includes 48% who feel all religious holidays should be celebrated in public schools. Click the links below to find teaching resources for a wide variety of holidays and celebrations. 36. Just 17% think there should be no religious holiday celebrations in the schools… Religious holidays should not be celebrated in a school (other than religious schools) because they automatically put some students on the "inside" and others on the "outside". If compelled to balance competing claims from all religious believers (and, for the sake of fairness, nonbelievers) with practical matters such as weather, national civic holidays, […] I’m not arguing that all religious dates should be holidays for staff and students. Should public schools celebrate holidays? Here you will also find resources for special occasions such as the 100th day of school, Children's Book Week, Pi Day, and many others. 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