Monday, January 15, 2007

Want a List of Redneck Schools?

I was shocked to see the number of school cancellations this morning. People, it's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!! You shouldn't be having school in the first place!

For your edification, here's the list of redneck schools from KMBZ:

ADRIAN R-3

APPLETON CITY R-2

BALLARD R-2

BETHEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

CAMERON R-1

CHILLICOTHE R-2

CLINTON COUNTY DISTRICT 124

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

CREST RIDGE R-7

FRIENDS UNIVERSITY (Jackson County and Lenexa)

HALE R-1

HAMILTON R-2

HENRY COUNTY R-1 at Windsor

HUME R-8

JAYHAWK-LINN USD 346

KINGSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

LAKELAND R-3

LEESVILLE R-9

MAYSVILLE R-1

MEADVILLE R-4

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE (Jackson County)

OTTAWA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

PLEASANTON USD 344

POLO R-7

RICH HILL R-4

SHERWOOD/CASS R-8

SOUTHVIEW CHRISTIAN

SOUTHWEST LIVINGSTON COUNTY R-1

SUNSHINE SCHOOL in Independence opening at 9 o'clock

TINA-AVALON R-2

TRI-CITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL in Jackson County

UNIVERSAL ACADEMY on Grandview Rd.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was surprised to not see my hometown school listed on here but that's probably because they are both in school on MLK day and not cancelled due to weather.

1/15/2007 12:18 PM  
Anonymous travelingal said...

MLK's birthday is a federal holiday mandated by law. Neither states nor individual school districts are required to observe it as a holiday nor are they required to observe any federal holiday.

Private businesses are not required to give any time-off holidays, not even New Years Day. As a matter of fact, I don't think private businesses are even required to give any paid vacation days or sick days, but that's another topic.

I called my sister this morning who is a teacher in a public school in Wisconsin figuring she was off for MLK day. She was home, but because it was a snow day. It's a fairly small school, but I was surprised. Apparently in Wisconsin it's up to the Boards of Education to designate holidays since some Wisconsin schools do observe MLK day. Apparently this is also the case in Missouri.

I realize this post didn't talk about the requirements for holidays, but nonetheless I think it's a good idea for the states and school districts to be able to decide for themselves what they choose to designate as holidays.

This said with no disrespect for Martin Luther King, whom I consider to be a hero and very honorable man.

1/15/2007 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Rhymes With Right said...

Unless you are equally critical of schools for being open on Columbus Day, Veterans Day, and Presidents Day, I don't see where you really have any place criticizing them for not being closed on MLK Day, especially given its proximity to the just completed Christmas/New Years break.

I'm also curious, Dan -- what do you have to say about schools that ignore one of those other national holidays while taking MLK Day off out of a sense of political correctness and fear of being accused of racism?

Indeed, it in some ways seems much more appropriate that kids be in school on MLK Day, given that so much of what the man was about was getting kids into good schools so that they could get a good education.

However, I do note at my site that MLK Day is a rather singular holiday in our society -- and wish we could get some of what makes it different put back into our other national holiday observances.

1/15/2007 12:56 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Travelingal and RWR - I agree that it is not mandatory that MLK day be an off day for schools. But, every school district other than the ones for rednecks takes it off. What they are doing is completely legal, and completely wrong. If that makes me politically correct, so be it.

1/15/2007 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RWR - Columbus Day?!? Puh-leeze!

He didn't discover America! He discovered Hispaniola (i.e. the island currently shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti).

The Vikings discovered America.

But only after "Native" Americans beat them to it from the opposite side of the continent by about 10,000 years.

And they didn't have any "luxurious long boats" to sail across the water in. They trudged across the frozen tundra on foot hunting mastadons with rocks and pointy sticks.

I don't know why Columbus is still in the history books. His connection to America, as we know it, is totally fabricated and bogus.

He was basically the first Conquistador, who completely failed at finding any gold. He was a lousy sailor who missed his intended landfall by about half a planet. His heavy handed governors set the stage for centuries of barbaric bloodshed, depravity and genocide. He died a disgraced pauper.

Remind me again why we celebrate Columbus Day?

1/16/2007 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Rhymes With Right said...

I hold no brief for whether the day SHOULD be a national holiday. Rather, I am arguing that it is ludicrous to attack a district for failing to take one off while leaving them unscathed when they stay in session for others.

1/18/2007 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

this is completly biased. Just so you know the reason Lakeland was going to be having school is because it is a make up day for a previous snow day. If we took every darned holiday off we would be in school all summer long. To classify all these schools as 'redneck' shows you are redneck yourself in your ignorance.

1/22/2007 5:31 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Jamie - MLK Jr. gave his life for our country and civil rights. Is it really so important that you get out of school a day earlier?

1/22/2007 9:10 PM  
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