Students should be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance. They should, however, have the option of leaving out the phrase under God. This phrase was neither part of the original draft of the pledge nor a part of the pledge originally adopted by Congress. It was a later addition and, as such, should be optional when reciting the pledge.
Saying the Pledge of Allegiance is an important act for school children. It not only demonstrates pride in America, it is educational in that the pledge is a significant component in understanding the history of the United States. As American citizens, every U.S. student should cite the pledge to demonstrate their love of country.
Yes, students should be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance because it encourages them to identify with their country. Schools are full of students from many cultures and backgrounds, and the pledge serves to unite them as Americans who work together for the good of their country. The pledge also reminds students of the many sacrifices their predecessors have made so that children may attend school in a free country.
In the Supreme Court case West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, the Court overturned an earlier ruling (Minersville v. Gobitis) which stated that the school reserved the right to compel a student to participate in patriotic exercise, regardless of their consent and at the school's discretion. In Barnette, the Court ruled that forcing a student -- even a regular person -- to participate in any patriotic exercise was in violation of the First Amendment's guarantee to freedom of expression, thus overturning Gobitis.
That being said, if a person, let alone a student, does not want to participate in a patriotic exercise, the institution attempting to enforce participation is obligated to honor that person's choice and not interfere in any way. Anyone saying that it's disrespectful to one's country to not do the pledge: Save it.
As a student myself, I don't stand for the pledge. The words included in the pledge, and the idea of being forced to PLEDGE you ALLEGIANCE to a country that you just so happen to live in, is just wrong.
Children shouldn't be brainwashed to give themselves to a country that they probably don't know much about.
The pledge also states that the way our government currently stands, is right. This calls for the lack of change that makes our nation suffer.
The "under God" line comes into play a lot when talking about why not to stand up for the pledge. There are many who believe that we shouldn't change the Pledge of Allegiance, when the line "under God" was implemented several decades after the Pledges publication. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by the socialist minister: Francis Bellamy. When it was written, the Pledge did not include the line "under God". It wasn't until 1954 that Congress added "under God", as a stand against the raise of communism. Also the line "under God" goes against the first amendment.
The final line of the Pledge "for liberty and justice for all" is clearly false. I could go on, and on, about the injustices that pledges America, but you may already know most of them. People are very ignorant when it comes to the injustices in America. Most of these people only deny them because they're privileged, and have not experienced discrimination.
Finally, being forced to pledge your allegiance to your country is very rare among developed countries. North Korea forces their children to pledge their allegiance to their leader. As well as Nazi Germany and Italy, during the second World War.
A person should respect their country because of the opportunities they were given and the people they love- and most certainly the rights they were granted. Forcing an individual to recite a swear they may disagree with is in direct violation of their "freedom of religion" (though this can extend to philosophical beliefs as well).
Do I believe students should be encouraged to recite the pledge? Yes. But I do not believe they have any obligation to state it if it conflicts with their beliefs.
Students should not be obliged to recite the pledge of allegiance for a number of reasons. Some religious prohibit the making of this type of pledge. Some individuals believe that the forced recitation of a pledge impacts on their constitutional rights. Instead of forcing students to recite the pledge, a school can set aside a time and location at which students interested in reciting the pledge can gather, without impacting other students who elect not to participate in reciting.