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Should Florida schools hold class on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?



What are you doing today?

School's on holiday today to recognize the importance of the contributions Martin Luther King Jr. made in forwarding this nation's civil rights. Ronald Reagan signed the law creating the holiday in 1983, and schools began observing it three years later.

But are kids learning about King, his compatriots and their battle for rights? Are families participating in a day of service, as the president has proposed? Or is today another day of video games, soccer camp and other forms of recreation?

Some folks in Marion County are suggesting that perhaps the time has come to send kids to school on MLK Jr. Day, to make sure students learn the meaning of the man and his message. (Ocala Star-Banner) It's an idea in line with the district's decision back in 1987 — one other districts including Pasco have recently adopted — to keep schools open on Veterans Day to teach children about the sacrifices of the nation's military.

Is it time to reconsider how Florida schools spend the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday? Or is it too soon to think about, knowing how even after the holiday became official some schools refused to acknowledge it?

Think about it.

[Last modified: Monday, January 20, 2014 7:06am]


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