Your neighborhood may be a little quieter this week…that’s right, it’s back to school time! As school supply shopping season wraps up, it seems that routine is finally setting back in for families with school-aged children.
However, in one Georgia elementary school, something seemed to be missing from the routine. In early August, school officials decided to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance from the daily, all-school meeting. In a letter to parents at the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, the elementary principal claimed the willingness to recite the Pledge of Allegiance had been in decline over recent years. She also alleged that the pledge was dividing the community. “There are many emotions around this and we want everyone in our school family to start their day in a positive manner.”
Is the Pledge of Allegiance actually offending elementary students?The reaction to this decision was mixed, but ultimately the backlash of patriotic parents won out. The school released a public statement explaining they would be reinstating the Pledge as a part of the morning meeting beginning the following week.
In part, the statement read: “We support our students in their growth and see it as our duty as educators to respect their First Amendment rights.” Under the First Amendment, students can select not to participate in the Pledge, but is refusal to even offer the opportunity to say the Pledge in schools really a First Amendment argument?Not only is school prayer under attack, but now we have to fight for the right to express our allegiance to this great Nation. What’s more, we are committed to ensuring that the values of freedom and liberty are protected for generations to come. When schools like this one think they can block the teaching and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, it directly compromises our duty to the next generation of Americans.
Do you know your school district’s policy on the Pledge of Allegiance? It is imperative the tradition of teaching the Pledge in all American schools lives on. Tell us what you think!