Letter: Let’s pledge our allegiance
November 18, 2014
Years ago, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited in every classroom in every school. Yet today, it is not as widespread. And I find this to be concerning. People believe that it is not necessary or simply impractical, but I believe that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance today in our schools would be very advantageous. The pledge would remind us of our roots and also let us be grateful for what our country has given us.
I am a student at Basalt High School, and until very recently, we didn't have the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember we had it in elementary school, but we didn't say it once in middle school. And until just this year, it was not recited in high school, either. Although it is being recited now, it made me realize a problem: that the Pledge of Allegiance is not nearly as widespread as it should be.
People have one major issue with the pledge that keeps it from being in our schools — one little phrase, "under God." Although that has slight religious connotation, I don't believe it is that much at all. Certainly not enough to keep it from our schools. People have the right to be concerned over this phrase, especially if an atheist family is sending their child to public schools. Although this is true, the phrase is not as staggering as people make it out to be.
Little-known fact: Students are not required by law to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance; it is completely optional. If a student has such an issue with the pledge, they do not have to stand. Furthermore, the phrase "under God" does not specify a certain God nor imply a much deeper meaning. Not only is the pledge optional, but it does not promote or favor any religion.
Frankly, our nation's youth deserves the pledge. I don't know when it became such a controversial idea to be proud of one's country, but it needs to stop here. It is a good thing to remember where one comes from and the country they call home; the pledge would be a way to do this each and every morning. And if a child is so completely against saying it, they don't have to. So I ask, what is keeping the pledge from our schools and away from our nation's youth?
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