Monday, October 6, 2008

back to school........again!

The kids were off school ....AGAIN.....for the whole week last week due to the feasting for the end of Ramadan....i have to say that it is quite annoying when the schools take breaks for EVERY SINGLE religious holiday.......sometimes their off for christian feasts that I've never even heard of.Just when you start getting back into a routine again after the summer hols...their off again...aaaaggghhhh!!!! I wonder if the Jewish schools (religious or secular) are off for christmas and Ramadan.I'm sure they are not which is fair enough. Why then do the predominantly christian schools in Nazareth HAVE to be off for all the Muslim holidays.I am not being discriminating in ANY WAY.........we don't observe Ramadan,it's not our holiday.....so why do all our children have to miss school because of it? I would not expect Jews or Muslims to observe christmas and easter etc. At the same time Muslims who attend christian schools are all off for our holidays.Sometimes I think wouldn't it be better to have separate schools? but then of course everyone would whinge about discrimination and yadda,yadda,yadda.........maybe logistically it would be difficult to have separate schools,and hey...I'm all for my kids learning about and respecting other religions, but i can't help feeling a tad resentful when my kids are off school every 5 minutes for holidays that don't really have anything to do with us..........

3 comments:

Leora said...

Interesting. We have so many Jewish holidays that posts on Jewish blogs lately have been about how the kids get off so much time this month, and it's all for Jewish holidays. If the Jewish kids in Israel had off for other religions, they would never be in school.

I can understand how this could be frustrating. In my town in New Jersey, because there are a lot of Jewish kids and teachers, the public schools do let the kids get off for Rosh Hashana. But not for all the Jewish holidays.

It isn't simple or easy, huh? Probably would be simpler if you could have separate schools.

Robin said...

The Jewish kids here don't get off for the Muslim or Christian holidays, but they're off half of this month for the Jewish ones. Thank goodness for zaharonim (after-care programs - which also run "camps" for the Sukkot and Passover holidays).

Israeli Mom said...

Last thing we need is more school holidays from other religions. I think the Jewish holidays are the worst, in that respect - way too many of them and September is the worst. More days off school than in school, and that's in the very first month, when they have to somehow, miraculously adjust to school routine... Well, one more week and a half! And then we're clear all the way till Hannuka. I hope things clear for you guys too!