Three Students Who Did Not Stand for Pledge of Allegiance Suspended

10 05 2008

Hitler Youth - GirlThree eighth graders who didn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance were suspended yesterday. Setting aside that this won’t pass Constitutional muster (we’d hope,) the psychology is what’s bothering me.

Kim Dahl, mother of one of the punished students, is disturbingly quick to point out that her son “wasn’t being defiant against America” – as if that’s some unfathomable crime. Ms. Dahl: I submit that at this point in our history what America needs is more defiance, not less.

And from a similar frame of mind comes the school district’s community education director, Mel Olsen. Olsen said that “being a veteran and a United States of America citizen, [he] absolutely” backs the punishment. Olsen served in the Marines in the Vietnam war and I find myself wondering what it was, exactly, he thinks he was fighting for.

Standing up and ritually chanting something you don’t understand is absurd enough – but being forced to sorta wipes out any meaning there was left, no?

But I guess that’s what we’re asking of our kids today – blind, unquestioning allegiance. Our founding fathers would be so proud.

2 responses to “Three Students Who Did Not Stand for Pledge of Allegiance Suspended”
10 05 2008
Someone (11:16:11) :

Scarier than the story is the comments people have left about it.

choices:

“Is this how out of touch we have become. Heaven forbid that our schools attempt to instill patriotism into our children. If you don’t like this, homeschool your children.”

“respect the country or leave”

“too many people are RABID about their RIGHTS”

“Alot of people died for that flag and all the rights that we had or should I say we USED to have!!!! I agree with that suspension!!!!!!! That is the problem today in America we give in for everyone and our constitution means nothing anymore!! That flag represents what our country has fought for and you need to respect that! We need to worry about our country in a whole rather than a couple inconsiderate brat kids!!!!!!!!”

10 05 2008
Someone (11:16:11) :

Scarier than the story is the comments people have left about it.

choices:

“Is this how out of touch we have become. Heaven forbid that our schools attempt to instill patriotism into our children. If you don’t like this, homeschool your children.”

“respect the country or leave”

“too many people are RABID about their RIGHTS”

“Alot of people died for that flag and all the rights that we had or should I say we USED to have!!!! I agree with that suspension!!!!!!! That is the problem today in America we give in for everyone and our constitution means nothing anymore!! That flag represents what our country has fought for and you need to respect that! We need to worry about our country in a whole rather than a couple inconsiderate brat kids!!!!!!!!”

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