Should elementary school children in the U.S. be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Should every classroom fly the flag?
I'm saddened by this because I think the allegiance and flying the flag are ways to instill a sense of pride in one's country, and to honor the service men and women who are sacrificing their lives abroad in the name of protecting our freedoms here at home.
What do you think: should the pledge be a requirement at U.S. schools? If you don't think it should be a requirement: do you think some other form of patriotism should be taught to children? I'd especially like to hear from teachers: how are you teaching children civic or national pride?
I'll be sharing your responses (and those of other parents and teachers in our community) in my follow-up with the principal, PTA and district superintendent of my daughter's current school. Thanks for your input!