As I’m sitting inside, looking out a dreary afternoon, I catch site of the American flag outside on the quad. And I’m having a weird flashback, guys.
I’m sure all of you Americans remember back to grade school, and possibly later, standing every morning and mechanically reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in a group.
As a grade school student, you almost certainly had no idea what you were saying. You may not have as a high school student, either, and at the very least, you probably didn’t put much thought into the words you were saying.
This was, at least, the case for me. I didn’t think much about what I was saying until high school.
Isn’t the whole ritual kind of creepy, though? I mean, think about it. You have children reciting a speech they don’t understand, in which they essentially unknowingly promise to remain forever loyal to the United States (or, symbolically, the flag) for life.
I’m pretty sure if Soviet Russia did this (and they had similar rituals for their children), we’d be disturbed beyond measure. And yet, few ever stop to question this practice.
Should children be made to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Or even if they’re not made to, should it be a morning ritual in public schools? Is anyone else creeped out by this?