Should We Say the Pledge of Allegiance at School?
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Round 1: Acceptance/Claim
Round 2: Evidence
Round 3 : Rebuttal
ROund 4: Conclusions
I hope we have a fair and a respectful debate. My claim is that the Pledge of Allegiance should not be said in school.
As well, some students may not have the ability to understand, or simply don't understand, the pledge. Many students are forced to say such an oath, and yet don"t even know what it means. In schools, no units teach us about the value of patriotism, or the value of the pledge. Students are just stating some mindless chant. According to Humanist.com, "Bear in mind that America has also become a population convinced of its own exceptionalism at levels that border on overcharged nationalism. High-level politicians are now required to mention that we are "the greatest nation on earth," and any suggestion of national humility is interpreted as weakness. Never mind that our rates of violence and rates of teen pregnancy are both embarrassingly high when compared to other developed countries, and never mind that our population rejects evolution and other scientific facts at rates far exceeding the rest of the developed world"we nevertheless see ourselves as vastly superior. This chasm between self-image and reality is stupefying." Many students don"t understand that this is happening, which is why they shouldn"t take such a pledge.
As well, saying the Pledge of Allegiance in school could be considered illegal in some regions of the country. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." This is the First Amendment. This proves that our right is to not say the Pledge of Allegiance. We have a right to sit out, and you can"t force us to say the pledge, as it"s freedom of speech. Also, we have the right to sit out as we have the right to practice our religion if we don"t agree with it. According to Huffington Post, "Since 1943, the law has been clear that public school students cannot be forced to recite or otherwise participate in the Pledge of Allegiance against their will" "If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein." -Barnette Court. According to the law, we have the right to not say the pledge.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com... states, "Making students stand up and say the pledge each morning is not a jingoistic act of American imperialism or a violation of a student's rights, as some would argue. It's simply a statement of patriotism."
Along with the pledge comes proper education of American history as well. They have to learn why they are saying this. According to http://www.thefederalistpapers.org..., students should have full knowledge of the constitution and other things about government. They have to know the history of why they are saying this. Of why this type of government is the best.
Lastly, the pledge does not discriminate against anyone or force them to do much at all. The pledge is optional for students, but they have to stand up at least. Loyalty should not have to be forced on anyone. We want them to gain loyalty by education. It is also legally not discriminatory against non-religious or differently religious people. A court officially ruled it not discriminatory, saying that the pledge "is a fundamentally patriotic exercise, not a religious one."
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