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POLL: Does the Pledge Belong in Our Schools?

Why or why not? Take our poll or let us know in the comments section below.

 

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

Thirty-one words. That's less than what a Journalism 101 professor will allow a freshman writer to use in a lede. But, apparently, it's plenty to cause a stir among students, parents, officials and educators. 

Recently, in nearby communities like and , there have been widely publicized debates about the merits of saying the "Pledge of Allegiance" in the public schools.

Now, we're not saying that's happening here. Although, judging by , it could.

According to the students and school administrators interviewed for the story, Lexington Public Schools are not all abiding by Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 71, Section 69 -- the law cited by School Committee Chairwoman Mary Ann Stewart when contacted by Patch for this story -- which holds that public school teachers should lead their students in group recitaitons of the pledge at the start of the first class of each school day.

Anyone who has ever or attended a thoughtful in Lexington has seen this town show that it's proud of where it came from, proud to be American.

But when it comes to saying the pledge in schools, some in town have questioned whether it's respectful to the non-American families in town. And that's not even getting into the whole "under God" issue...

It should be noted that, while the MGL requires that the pledge is said every day in public schools, the Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that school children cannot be forced to recite it.

So, with that in mind, we want to know, Do you think the Pledge of Allegiance should be said in all of the Lexington Public Schools? Why or why not? Take our poll or let us know in the comments section below.

Hifi January 11, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Please, the Pledge has never been intended to honor soldiers and war. Yet, we hear this all the time. Where do you people get this from? BTW, what does robotic government-mandated recitation of the Pledge have to do with 5 minutes a day of reflection? Nothing like beating it to death everyday to ensure it is said without a single thought.
Hifi January 11, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Enough reasons here for anyone, liberal or conservative, religious or atheist to have the Pledge of Allegiance removed from public schools: 1. Meaning lost in endless repetition, no explanation given, no history provided. 2. Comprises an ideological viewpoint that is forced on little kids by authorities to whom they are dependent. 3. The two above, taken together, is the definition of brainwashing. 4. The absurdity of having to repeat a pledge daily that apparently is only good for 24 hours. 5. The conforming routine of it, which makes you feel like a brain-dead robot sheep as opposed to a citizen of a free country who enjoys individual liberty. 6. Subordinates the people to the government, which we are told on good authority was created by us, with allegiance to us, not us to it. 7. Concocted by a company that sold flags as part of a plan to compel schools to buy more flags while instilling socialist-style nationalism in American children. 8. Exalts nationalism over federalism contrary to the basic principles of our Republic. Subsuming states and individual rights to central government is a necessary pre-requisite for a centralized, socialist government to gain traction. This was an explicit goal of Francis Bellamy, the socialist author of the PofA. Continued below...
Hifi January 11, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Continued from above... 9. Encourages jingoism. Antagonistic tribalism. No other countries have their citizens swear a loyalty oath to their government (except Mexico and the Philippines, mimicking the U.S). 10. Unsavory connection with Nazis. The Pledge originally featured the Nazi-style salute. In fact, Hitler got it from the Italian fascists who much admired, that's right, kids in America doing it while saying the Pledge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellamy_salute (Man, if that doesn't give you chills) 11. Is patriotic lip-service in place of, even at the expense of, actual civic engagement and action. (Symbolic patriotism) 12. Is uncritical patriotism at the expense of maintaining oversight over government. (Blind patriotism) 13. Considered by many Christians idolatry, taking the name of God in vain, swearing oaths, serving two masters. 14. Divides the nation (and the classroom) along religious lines. Only those represented by the Judeo-Christian "God" need apply as patriots (Ironic that "under God", comes right before "indivisible.") 15. Is hypocritical on the part of adults, bullying little kids into doing something that adults themselves don't do. (You say the Pledge every day, do you, and on a government mandated schedule?) 16. And last, but not least, pledging allegiance to a flag is just stupid.
Beth January 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance
Sheila January 13, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Easy to see why Hifi doesn't sign in with a proper name. Fortunate for him he lives in a country that does Pledge Allegiance to a Republic (which the flag represents...we don't pledge to a flag). Many other places of residence may not look kindly on his free speech.

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