David B. Grinberg
After giving this issue some serious thought and hearing varied opinions -- including from a decorated combat veteran via a LinkedIn group discussion -- here's my 2 cents:
Yes, schools should be open on Veterans Day, albeit with a mandatory observance and commemoration for at least one-quarter of the day (hopefully more). Many schools want to stay open so the school year is not dragged out. Moreover, how many schools kids are actually observing or learning about this holiday at home? My guess is not a majority, perhaps much less.
Therefore, let's have our cake and eat it too, for a change. Keep schools open with mandatory Veterans Day observance and educational programs for at least 25% of the day. A win-win.