"There was discipline if the student didn't do this and the teacher wanted to hear each child. She would call out the ones that she couldn't hear or the ones she thought was lip synching."
I thought it was a person's right to not recite the pledge, student's included. Perhaps I'm mistaken.
What grades were the classes? Not that it should matter, but I can kind see how a young child would be taken less seriously for refusing to recite the pledge than a high school student.
They were both kindergarten classes. There was a non christian child in one of the classes and he was still made to say the pledge. I know he was not christian because he and another child got into an argument one day because this child told another student "your god doesn't have any powers". The christian fussed back and a couple of other ones started telling the non-christian child that he was wrong. The teacher sat back at let the christian children verbally attack this child. The teacher said she was "glad that the children are taking up for god". I wanted so badly to snap at her, but she graded my performances and reported them to my advisor. UGH.
O and I should add that one of these 2 classes made the children say the SC state pledge as well, which says:
"I salute the flag of South Carolina and pledge to the Palmetto State love, loyalty and faith."
Also agree. Once she's given you the awesome grade I'm sure you'll get, I'd take up for the children's rights. Anonymity can be good at the beginning of a career though...
Anyway, what's the point in having a pledge, if it's compulsory? It's supposed to be about the indivual choosing to affirm their allegiance to the nation. Are we living in a democracy or not? (hypothetic question here, not intending any derailment)
The Pledge of Allegiance is probably the most morinoc thing ever written.
I pledge allegance to the flag!!!?
How about pledging allegiance to the constitution?