In what might seem a counterintuitive view, I'm perfectly fine with a charter school skipping the Pledge of Allegiance. Charter schools are attended by choice, and therefore can be selective of students and faculty. If a charter school has a particular student body made up of immigrants or others who don't value our cultural idiosyncrasies, then I think the school principal should be free to proceed in a culturally sensitive way.
Put bluntly: This is a free country, and we should be free to attend whatever school, and do whatever cultural things that aren't illegal or harm others. But the mob thinks differently.
Sadly, politics supports the mob.
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, weighed in, praising the Pledge of Allegiance's tenets and ending with, “I’m sure our House Education Committee will examine whether taxpayer funds should be used to instill such a divisive ideology in our students.”
Let's talk about school choice and taxpayer funds. I'd rather have those funds support schools that cater to specific cultural and educations needs, and focus on quality, than the "government one-size-fits-all" indoctrination centers favored by the left.
It may be an unpopular opinion, but I think politicians are grandstanding and preening for the mob here.
Georgia law requires schools to set aside time to recite the pledge. But students cannot be compelled to recite it. To me, it's more important to preserve the liberty for a charter school to serve its students than to force them to do what the mob wants.
Liberals will use this to bolster the argument that charter schools should just go away, because the alternative is that they support charter schools and individual liberty. But Republican politicians and the outrage mob let them off the hook.
Look at it this way. If a charter school decided to set aside one minute a day for students to read their Bibles quietly, and to pray for each other, Democrats would rev up their outrage mob to a fever pitch. But I'd fight for that school's right to liberty. Liberty cuts both ways. And siding with the mob is never good.