It’s a new school year, but an old fight is brewing in American classrooms. Teachers and administrators around the country are scratching their heads once again over the Pledge of Allegiance.
The courts have consistently ruled that students have the right not to recite the pledge in public schools. But now some First Amendment advocates are arguing that the law compels educators to inform kids at the beginning of school that the decision is hat the decision is entirely up to them as to whether or not they wish to recite the pledge. The original article doesn’t bring this up, but while some students have political concerns, there are others who have religious concerns, including Jehovah’s Witnesses. Also, I think, but am not able to find any information on it, that reciting the pledge presents halachic (Jewish legal) issues, and possibly also Muslim legal issues as well. Given all this, I don’t see a problem with letting students and their parents know that reciting the pledge is optional, and I certainly don’t believe that any student should be humiliated for not reciting the pledge. Read the whole thing for the complete story.