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By Rob Meltzer
Dec. 29, 2013 5:10 p.m.



 

Here is a good story in the paper about the debate about whether towns should be closed on religious holidays.

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x800890675/Northborough-Southborough-schools-consider-nixing-religious-holidays

But here’s the line I liked:

“This has always been part of our core values,” said Lynne Winter of the Regional Committee.

Winter said she has always felt proud that the district has kept the holidays despite some other school districts casting them off.

She said she believes eliminating the holidays ensures that children “lose either way” by forcing them to choose between missing school or missing religious services.

“We shouldn’t be putting our kids in the position of choosing between two things that are good and important in their lives,” she said.”



Newsflash to the School Committee: Children don’t choose. Parents choose. It is the role of the parent to establish values in children. And if a school district is forcing a parent to choose, with prejudice in the choice between two protected rights, then the action by the state actor is unconstitutional. But i’m wondering when the madness began of suggesting that children make choices. First, government schools began shoe horning in on the parental role, and now that role is being abdicated to a six year old? Its this kind of asinine thinking that got 20 kids killed in Connecticut because neither their parents nor their school apparently felt any responsibility for the safety and well being of first graders.

Close the schools or keep them open. That’s a political choice. But the decision whether religious values or turning a tracing of your hand into a turkey is not a child choice, but a parental choice, and the school department would do well to remember that.

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