Martin Luther King Jr. Deserves Recognition on His Day


THE KING: Martin Luther King Jr. doing what he did best: inspiring people. He changed the country and deserves recognition and honor on the holiday named for him. “We can do many things to remember the things that he did.” said Mr. Pebbles.

Mia Hutchinson, staff writer

The question is, “Should we hold school or not on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? For most people it seems like the answer would is no.

Most schools in the United States take this day off to celebrate and honor Martin Luther King Jr. and everything that he did. FairyGodBoss stated that, “According to Bloomberg Law, 42 percent of employers in the United States gave employees the day off… Civil and nonprofit organizations such as universities and hospitals were the most likely to give employees the day off for the holiday; 72 percent gave them the day off with pay”. If most of the country gets this day off, it seems like the whole country should, but many people have different opinions about this topic.

Some believe that school is the best place learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. For instance, administration recently instructed teachers to show an instructional video about King during school on the day of the event.

Senior Jessen Ferricks said, “Its not that I don’t think it’s a big deal, but I don’t think it’s worth having to take a day off. I think we should learn about it during school on that day. People would learn more about the holiday if it was in school because if I got the day off, I wouldn’t care why or want to learn about it. I would just be happy that I got the day off.” This is a very valid point, and schools should teach their students about this day if they are in school. If there is school, then there needs to be more of a celebration showing the kids what this day is about and why we should celebrate it.

INSPIRE: Martin Luther King Jr showed us that no matter what we do, it can still be great. Even if we stay in school, or take it off, we can still celebrate this day in great or even small ways.

On the other hand, some thing we shouldn’t come to school on this day because when we have school like normal, most of the kids don’t even know that it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Senior McKenna Brog said, “I think we shouldn’t have school on this day. Not having school might help us be more aware of it and not be so ignorant to the history of the day. We kind of get the impression that it isn’t super important because for us it’s almost just like another day. If we didn’t have school, we could maybe get a different perspective on it. Like students might think it is more important than they do as of right now.”

Many other places in America celebrate this day very differently from Star Valley. They have parades, assemblies, and many other things to celebrate this special day. This district does not do much to celebrate M.L.K Day, and that should change whether we have school or not.

“I don’t feel like we should not have school on M.L.K day because we take the time off for Presidents’ Day, so I feel like we should be able to honor MLK just the same. Also, the school doesn’t teach us much about him when we’re here, so it isn’t like we are learning much about him. So taking the day off would probably be more beneficial,” said junior Morgan Scaffide.

I HAVE A DREAM:  Martin Luther King was recognized when he gave the famous “Dream” speech, and should be recognized now, no matter how we do it. “We show value in something by showing action,” – said Mr. Kurt-Mason.

One of the reasons Star Valley High School doesn’t take off Martin Luther King Jr. Day is due to attendance requirements. If the district dismissed school on that day, it would have to make it up latter. Mr. Pebbles said, “I would rather have school if it gives me another Friday for a three day weekend. I don’t mean it as a sign of disrespect for the things that he did and what he accomplished, but just go to school.”

Not all teachers agree. “Yeah, I totally think that we should have MLK day off. I think it is ridiculous how we don’t. I think we need show value in something by showing action, especially for something as important as the Civil Rights Movement.”

In or out of school, most agree that  this is a holiday that needs to be celebrated somehow. Martin Luther King Jr. did so much for this country. He deserves his day of recognize, and everyone should recognize this by celebrating and learning on that day. With the problems today in America, it is as important as ever to realize how far we have come because of MLK, and how much better we can become in his honor. No matter where we are.