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August 18, 2005

How NOT to treat the Pledge of Allegiance

From the Christian Science Monitor...

Last August, at our faculty meeting before the new school year, we asked, "Do the kids really know the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, and should we repeat it every day? Do they even know what it means to pledge, to swear an oath?"

As we discussed the rationale for the school's longstanding tradition, a new idea arose. Why not begin each day of the week with a different pledge? Perhaps our students could even write one....

We decided to begin the week with the customary Pledge of Allegiance, and follow it on successive days with texts that were new and different....

On the last day of school, I added a touch of whimsy from "Stargirl," a young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli: "I pledge allegiance to United Turtles of America and to the fruit bats of Borneo, one planet in the Milky Way, incredible, with justice and black bean burritos for all."

What an idiot! People who belittle things others hold dear, just for a cheap laugh, annoy me to no end. But to teach kids that the Pledge of Allegiance is a meaningless and trivial as something he pulled from a sci-fi novel is inexcusable.

And people wonder why I homeschool.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 18, 2005 08:51 AM

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