December 24, 2010

Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze

A public school in Brookline, Massachusetts is bringing back the Pledge of Allegiance. Except now, in a move that suggests the recitation and its words are controversial, the school is requiring parents to sign a permission slip so their kids can participate.

“It’s uncomfortable. The pledge is a promise, and I’ve always taught my kids to think very carefully before making any promise. It’s not a decision I want to make for them,” parent Judi Puritz Cook, who has two sons at Devotion School, told the Brookline Tab.

According to a letter sent to parents last week by Principal Gerardo Martinez, the school is implementing the Pledge in order to comply with state law.

“In order to meet the state legal mandate for public schools and to support our learning expectations, I will, once a week, as part of my morning announcements, recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag,” he wrote in the letter. “Under our Constitution, neither teachers nor students can be mandated to participate in this exercise.”

“I urge you to have a conversation as a family to help your children understand why I will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and to support them in feeling comfortable and confident in the decision on whether or not to participate,” Martinez added.

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • alur says:

    The school stopped the permissions slips. MA is full of this type of thinking. I have a friend who is a professor at a major university in MA. I went to college with him. He was far left 40 years ago, and MA is a perfect fit for his thinking now. Again, he is a friend, but politically we are miles apart. The far left have no idea what it would be like if we had no military, no intelligence gathering, and no security on our borders, yet my friends thinks this is best for the country. We don’t talk about politics, but each of us knows the other’s view.

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