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Sophomore year of high school was the first time I started thinking that I was misunderstood. Not even just me but my whole family and some of my friends. It was brought to my attention that a huge disconnect existed between us and the rest of my town. I 'm Jewish and because of that I am considered to be in a minority group. It 's not one that has recently been the subject of oppression in America, especially in my home state of New Jersey, it could even be argued that Jewish people are amongst the most privileged groups in the United States. My membership in this group is not something I ever thought of in a broader context, it is just who I am. But then my school decided to be in session for Rosh Hashanah and no one cared. Except for the…show more content…
Being made to feel like I had to work on an insignificant project instead of spend time with my family sucked, being yelled at in front of my class was even worse. And it’s also not as if the problem existed only within sophomore year, that was just the beginning. The following two years of my high school career met the same fate, I had to miss school if I wanted to observe one of the most important holidays of the year. I had to see parents explain why their kids weren’t at services to my rabbi and I had to endure teachers who planned tests on the one day they were specifically told not to. This insensitivity is just another symptom of a much larger problem, a significant misunderstanding of different cultures. I come from an incredibly homogeneous town where no one is exposed to other cultures in the same capacity as other places in the U.S. Most of the people in my hometown are white Christians, resulting in an emphasis put on being accommodating to that majority. This makes sense but only to a degree. I would never have been expected to do homework on Christmas and no administration would ever consider canceling Easter break. Is uniformity within a town really a good enough reason to give one religion and culture so much more consideration than any others? Is it for that same reason that I have learned extensively about western…show more content…
Instead, I would rather make clear the major influence schools have on their students far beyond simple classroom education. They have the power to create or at the very least encourage an environment of acceptance and consideration for all people, which is far better than what is happening today; a school system that is blatantly catering to the majority and ignoring the minority. So while it may not be feasible to be all inclusive all of the time, detachment and purposeful ignorance is not the only other option. Expecting all of the hundreds of holidays during the school year to be given off is absurd, but it would be nice to teach students why so many days are important. And maybe it would even bring some light to why all of the people affected by having school on Rosh Hashanah are so pissed off by
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