I am supposed to be "resting" during my few hrs "off" from work here in the hurricane zone- and "we" are prepared for yet another - and here I am creating diversions for myself,
Oh well, it helps the stress I guess. And unlike the ppl who live here, I can go home to NS soon!
I do not kow the US Pledge of Allegence but I do recall it has God in it. We've never had to recite anything in Canada tho I myself attended Catholic schools where we were required to say a prayer at the beginning of the day. I am uncertain if my Catholic higfh school does that any more tho. I see nothing wrong with that - my parents were footing the tuition bills and they are well, Catholic, lol I am still a Catholic, most of the time. <g>
However, I do not believe relgion has any place in public schools. Taxpayers fund those schools and they represent EVERY religion or in some cases, none. I do not know about the US but in Canada, the largest number of respondents to Statics Canada cited no religion. It would be an affront to them top have to say a prayer or an allegence of some kind that refrenced religion.
If parents want their children educated in a religious school, that is entirely up to them. My sister converted to Judaism when she married and my nephew attended a Jewish school since obviously he would learn little about his culture and religion in the public school system.
I am not fond of the idea of a Pledge of Allegence. It sounds kind of militaristic -even tho I recall we had a pledge in Brownies and Girl Guides, (like the US Girl Scouts). I think people in general are patriotic and there are many ways short of a memorized mantra that will teach children to value who they are and where the come from. All the Americans I know - my sister and relatives included - seem to love their country, Pledge or no Pledge. It isd what is intrinisc to the person, not some Pledge that is important.