I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with the pledge of allegiance. I think this NPR article offers some interesting insight into the origins of many parts of the pledge. I have worked (and attended) schools that required it and schools that didn’t, as well as schools where students recite it faithfully and schools where students were reluctant to even stand. What meaning did it hold for students and staff? Was it an empty set of motions or an honest pledge of devotion?
What do you think? Should kids be required to say the pledge at school?