So one of my Jewish classmates skipped an exam last year because it was Sim'hat Torah, and he got scowled by our teacher during the following class because he hadn't warned her (he apologized) AND she considered he should have shown up anyway. Her reaction really rubbed me the wrong way but I would like to have your opinion on that event? We're French, if it matters.
Firstly, he should have made his teacher aware of the Yamim Tovim at the beginning of the year, and then reminded her about a week or so in advance so he had himself covered. That was totally his fault.
That said, her attitude that he should have “shown up anyway” is completely wrong. I’ll be generous and presume that she didn’t understand the significance and just presumed it was a student trying to take a day off, but she should have been much more understanding – at least in her capacity as a teacher. That was horrendously inappropriate and downright offensive.
At best she was ignorant and at worst she was antisemitic.