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POLL: Hillsborough Teacher Does Not Have Class Recite Pledge of Allegiance - What Do You Think?

A Hillsborough teacher is being criticized for not having her third-grade students recite the Pledge of Allegiance  - what do you think? 
Patricia P. Smith May 17, 2014 at 08:13 PM
Let's see, we live in America, benefit from the opportunities and riches afforded to us as citizens and a teacher does not have her students pledge allegiance to this country? Maybe she should try living elsewhere. I'll pay for her one way ticket.
Patricia P. Smith May 23, 2014 at 09:23 PM
SG, I never said the teacher, on her own time, cannot speak her mind. My objection is that she does not have the students in her care recite the Pledge of Allegience. This has nothing to to with civic duty, this is about teaching today's children respect and appreciation of this country we are fortunate enough to be citizens of. The teacher might want to try living in a country that doesn't allow free speech, etc.
Elaine Johnson May 27, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Is it a law that class must say pledge? ((I really don't know...))If so, there is only one answer. If it is choice, perhaps it is a great learning tool for parents to explain to the 3rd graders in this person's class about their teacher's decision....adding their own views that they think the teacher is making a wrong choice....Recite the pledge at home and give proper homage to those who served, have served and given their lives for our freedom...one of which is the freedom of choice. They will have other teachers in future years who WILL do the classroom activity and, as student, will have the personal right to participate or not....as long as they respect those who are participating.
Elaine Johnson May 27, 2014 at 01:41 PM
As you indicate it is a state law..... In The town in which I was a teacher. The union voted to strike. Which was against state law. Those who opted to exercise their right to strike ,did go to jail.
Patricia P. Smith May 27, 2014 at 08:43 PM
S.G., please explain to me how the teacher made the "right" decision in not having her students recite the Pledge? This is not to say that if a child refuses to recite it she/he should be punished. THAT choice by the student is freedom of speech, not the teacher refusing to have these children say the Pledge of Allegiance. The teacher is BREAKING NJ STATE LAW. "The Pledge is to be said each day by all students, standing with hand over heart. Those with "conscientious scruples against such Pledge" may opt out, as may the children of foreign representatives to whom the United States extends diplomatic immunity. Boys are required to remove all forms of headdress. N.J. Stat. Ann. §18A:36-3(c)." I do have to laugh when people cite Freedom of Speech for the most reaching of arguments. Does this mean that if I think you are an idiot I can stand outside your house yelling invectives at you or carrying placards? It is always about freedom of speech until it becomes personal.

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