To Pledge or Not to Pledge
Students in American public schools should not be required to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” everyday.
First of all, repeating the “Pledge of Allegiance” on a daily basis does not signify that the values within the pledge are true or genuine. Dale Kennedy, an eighth grade teacher at Thomas Law Reed School, argues that not reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance” each day can cause “… our republic [to] not stand the pressures of time“ (4). Nonetheless, the reality is that simply declaiming the “Pledge of Allegiance” continuously does not bring the earnest desires and wishes within this patriotic passage to life. John Green, a teacher at Castro Valley High School, states that he is not quite convinced that “… these aspirational values…truly connect all Americans to one another” (4). Furthermore, Green informs readers of the unrealistic truth that the pledge holds in the following passage, “The idea of ‘one nation’ [is] … naive” (5). The values within the “Pledge of Allegiance” do not apply to all and simply address a few of the country's citizens. Restating the “Pledge of Allegiance” does not bring all people of the United States together as a society and simply leads with desired ideas.
Another clear issue within the “Pledge of Allegiance” involves how our youth and countless of adults...