The Pledge of Allegiance

Why we shouldn't have to recite it every day

Why shouldn't we have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day?

No school official, high or mighty, should put their own Patriotism in students’ faces. Patriotism should not be shoved down the throats of unwilling students. I ,for one, think everyone should follow their own path in life. No child should suffer from choking out the Pledge of Allegiance every day at school. Every child should have a choice to make for themselves, not what the fancy pants school officials should have to say.

First of all, 70 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the West Virginia Board of Education that public schools are not allowed to make a student recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I ,very very much, agree with this. It says in our Leander Student Handbook that every student is required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag every day, I absolutely dislike the kind of ideas the school officials put into the School Handbook. This is a Texas law, but it is not a federal law, thankfully. This means that students in other states still have a chance to follow what they really believe.

Although I do notice my opponents in battle, I have several fabulous ways I’m going to pulverize them. Some people claim that it is needed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to “officially” become a citizen in America. No it is not needed to force those very words out of your mouth every day so your fancy pants school official could see you suffer, because it isn’t a federal law that says so. Forcing children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance also violates a student's First Amendment rights. On very little occasions, there might be cases of bullying on kids who don’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance, I for one would think that is cruel, which it doesn’t happen so often. If there is a school rule that can prevent that, everything will be perfectly fine. If there are kids who think they can go around that rule, they will get an extremely huge punishment for such behavior towards another student like that.

So many students in the U.S. suffer from being punished from refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day at their public schools. For example, a student at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown had been kicked out of the classroom for not standing up to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. There were even security guards escorting the student! Although she was punished for this “crime”, the school officials apologized to the innocent, forgiving child.

Another reason why choking out the Pledge of Allegiance is such a cruelty is because of their religion. Praising different gods is against many different types of religion out there. In public schools, discrimination between different religion is completely going for the end of the rope for school officials, and students should contact a teacher right away if such behavior is noticed. Wouldn’t that lead up to the Pledge of Allegiance? What choices the student has to make? Many complain about the religious phrase “under god”. To whom are we even saying the Pledge of Allegiance to? Why do we need the Pledge of Allegiance?

For so many years, fancy pants school officials put their own thoughts in front of their duties. This doesn’t mean students in the U.S. should give up on the limited choices they have in school. We just need to fight for them. Actually, we already have fought for these choices, and it clearly shows benefits on why students shouldn’t be forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. This can even go all around the world! Think about it, all students in the world have an excellent education in their school years, and thrive to be one fabulous person who really matters. Look around you, give those students a chance to make their own choice about the Pledge of Allegiance!

Interviews with Strangers

Fiona Brown

I went around my very own classroom, talking to people who had interesting opinions. I was asking them "Do you think students should be forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance?". Fiona Brown said "no". All she said was "no". I completely agree with Fiona Brown's fancy logic. :)

Megan Williams

Megan said, "I think that we should recite the part of the Pledge of Allegiance that isn't religious, But in a way, I think we should recite the Pledge." Megan has a pretty good point. But I don't agree with her logic.

Anonymous Person

This person said, "I think we should at least stand up to the flag, but not exactly say the Pledge of Allegiance." I don't know exactly know what kind of thinking was used in this person's brain, but either way I disagree with this logic.