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Originally Posted by mamaduck
My older child had to say the pledge in preschool when he was 4 and 5 yo. (And they don't in his grade school.) I spent some time go over the plege with him phrase by phrase, talking about what it meant with him. When we were finished, he had this to say:
"I think its bad to make kids say a promise when they don't understand what they are promising. I also think its silly to make a promise to thing instead of to people. And I think that we should work on being good to all people, not just the ones in our own country. I wish that instead of saying this pledge at school, we could just stand up every day and promise to be nice to each other and share."
I agreed with him.
Originally Posted by PaulaSue
Please don't flame me, I am curious. Why not learn it? Is it against your religion? I thought all amercians learn and do this.
...With the internet I have learned alot about others and I am truely curious.
Monica - single mama to DS and DD
|What's wrong with the pledge of allegience??|
Originally Posted by Rhonwyn
I want my children to understand the pledge and decide for themselves whether or not to say it. I don't find it patriotic or cute see a bunch of kids reciting something they really don't understand yet. It just rubs me the wrong way. I want my children to be free thinkers and independent.
Originally Posted by levar
PS. In 2002 the US Supream Court ruled that "under God" was unconstitutional and supported the return to the pre-1954 pledge. It is currently in appeal etc, but... I am hopeful.
|You are teaching your child that it's okay to be disrespectful of our country at a very young age.|
Originally Posted by lorijds
I don't pledge allegience to our government. I don't condone many of the activities of our current government, and there is no way I am saying a pledge to them; and a public pledge at that!
I pay my taxes, volunteer in the schools and in our community, teach classes, and participate in local political activities. Sorry if that makes me a bad American. But I hope my kids follow my example.
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