While most schools in Northern Illinois will not be in session this Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students in the Winnebago School District will be, and some parents are not happy about it.

Winnebago School District officials decided to have students make up a snow day on Monday, and will use the day as an opportunity to teach the students about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement he represents.

So, what's the problem with that I wonder?

One upset parent, Tombi Smoth explained to WIFR;

 

"Value is lost when we don't put that day in remembrance, so as far as the superintendent saying he's having a speaker come on that day, he's still not showing the value of what that day truly stands for," says Smith.

I may be in the minority here, but unless they are doing something at home to observe MLK Day,  I don't see how getting the chance to sleep in and play Fortnite all day is a meaningful way to spend this national holiday.

I agree that learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement is extremely important for students and that it should, (and probably does), happen more than just one day a year, but I don't see how having students listen to an educated speaker on the subject could ever be a bad thing.

Maybe it's just me?

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