Saturday, November 17, 2007

Escambia County School District’s War of Words over What to Call Break is Distracting

I can’t believe that certain members of the Escambia County School District are distracting themselves with a petty argument over what to call the break from classes that occur every school year at the end of December and the beginning of January.

These arguments are nothing new and we have seen them take place all across the country. Secularists and religious believers are pitted against each other in a battle to see how much attention local governments should pay to the religious aspects of the Christmas holidays.

Why do is the Escambia County School District getting bogged down by this senseless argument? In the big scheme of things, there are bigger fish to fry. The Escambia county school system is faltering and our students are falling behind their peers in Florida.

I have a suggestion: why doesn’t the Escambia County School District just give the student break a name that will satisfy the secularists and religious believers? What’s wrong with calling it the Christmas/Winter Break? Giving the break this name would put this issue to bed and the ECSD could get back to the job at hand, educating the students of Escambia County.

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