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Pledge of Allegiance

post #1 of 49
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Do your kids say the Pledge of Allegiance, Christian Pledge, or Pledge to the Bible? We have never done any of this but recently saw a television show & the children said the Pledge at the beginning of "school" in the morning. I realized this is probably something my children should know better but I guess though we are definitly not unschoolers we are just not that "school" organized either.
post #2 of 49
We started that this week.
post #3 of 49
I see those things as ways of incorporating ideas into groups of children who may not come across them in their homes. If you're already promoting the important values you care about, that in itself is what's going to make the difference for a child. I think it's good to be familiar with things that may come up on a crowd later at some point, but not important enough to practice every day. - Lillian
post #4 of 49
Nope. We don't.
post #5 of 49
Absolutely not! The forced standing for and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in school is one of the reasons we're homeschooling! Both me and DH protested (independently, prior to knowing each other) the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools. We certainly won't force something like that on our kids!
post #6 of 49
No.
post #7 of 49
No , i don't say the pledge of alliegiance to the flag, because i believe part of it is a lie, when it says, "with liberty and justice for all", there is obviously not liberty and justice for all in our country or probally any other country either! My son who is now 19 stopped saying it in the 5th or 6th grade for the same reason, all through middle school and high school he would just sit there while everyone else in the class said it. Some teachers made him stand but said he didn't have to say it! Basically some teachers didn't mind him not saying it at all and others were quite angry with him, but he stuck to his beliefs and didn't say it through 7 years of school! I let my kids decide for themselves, when old enough. I think my daughter has always said it at school. Though now she is being home schooled again, so she doesn't. When we would go to school functions and my son and i would often be the only ones not standing and saying the pledge of allegiance to the flag, we'd get some strange, not so very nice looks!
post #8 of 49
My kids know them (well, the oldest does -- middle is learning) the pledges through AWANA and VBS at church. We don't make them a part of our school day, though.
post #9 of 49
No.

My kids know the Pledge of Alliegance (I am not familiar with the Christian Pledge or Pledge to the Bible) mostly because they spent some time in school, but my guess is that it would have come up eventually anyway at an event, on TV, in a book, or in conversation.

It's not important to me at all, and like a PP, I see it as somewhat inaccurate.
post #10 of 49
We never did any type of pledge, ever.
post #11 of 49
we don't say the pledge of allegiance ever. it's not offensive to me or anything...honestly, i just forget. my daughter does know it though, so somewhere along the way she's picked it up. next year my children will be taking awana through a church in town - so they will learn it all there i suppose.
post #12 of 49
No, we don't. Things like that are one reason we hs and like a previous poster I stopped saying the pledge before high svhool.
post #13 of 49
No way! I'm really opposed to the Pledge of Allegiance. Why should anyone feel obligated to pledge loyalty to the country they live in, just because they happened to be born there? (And no Christian or Bible pledges, either - we're atheists.)
post #14 of 49
Not here at home, but the kids say the Pledge of Allegience at their Bible study class. They did the Pledge to the Christian Flag at VBS last year, and I think the Pledge to the Bible as well.
post #15 of 49
I certainly would never consider asking my child to say any of those horrid things. And no, we don't stand during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner either. I love my country, but I'm terrified of my government.

Kathi
post #16 of 49
My children are returning to homeschooling this year {they finished ps year Friday and we are starting our independent studies this week} The older kids have known the Pledge since they were toddlers, and the toddler has been exposed to it her whole 2.5 years of life but we have yet to have her recite it on her own. They learn the Pledge to the Christian flag, AWANA flag and Bible at church thru Sunday School, AWANA and VBS. Being that our life is centered around the whims of the Army they also know the Soldiers Creed and things of that nature, as well as the rules and responsibilities governing things like behavior and positioning during playing of the Anthems, Reville & Retreat, etc.
post #17 of 49
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Originally Posted by Daffodil View Post
No way! I'm really opposed to the Pledge of Allegiance. Why should anyone feel obligated to pledge loyalty to the country they live in, just because they happened to be born there? (And no Christian or Bible pledges, either - we're atheists.)

This is us exactly.
post #18 of 49
No! I hate the Pledge (and we're atheists, so the Christian/Bible ones are out). I don't stand for or recite it myself.

When they're older, maybe we'll go through it line by line and talk about why it's so screwed up, but I don't think it's something they need to get into at this point.
post #19 of 49
No we don't. They didn't even while attending private montessori elementary school prior to home schooling. They will learn the Pledge later. Never heard of Christian or Bible pledge.
post #20 of 49
Nope. We didn't say the pledge of allegiance at home before kids, nor do we say it at home after kids. If they are at an event that they need to know it-- boy scouts or girl scouts- they will and/or have learned it from that situation.
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