About That School And The Pledge of Allegiance

Unlike the mob, I'm okay if a charter school wants to skip the pledge, because the mob is never good.

The Atlanta neighborhood charter school that decided to skip reciting the Pledge of Allegiancereversed its decision late Thursday. This was the tweet that started the mob outrage machine in motion:

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.

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Alex Wilson
Alex Wilson

I think it's a little strange that a free people would be pledging allegiance to a flag or a national government. Our loyalty to the US shouldn't be from rote indoctrination, but rather should be conditional on the country continuing to honor it's founding principles. In essence the pledge is backwards, it puts loyalty to country first, and only lists things like liberty and justice at the end like they're after thoughts. If we insist on kids saying a pledge of some sord, I would much prefer something like this:

I pledge allegiance to preserving individual liberty for all people and will support the United States of America and it's government as long as it continues to embrace and pursue the constitutional principles of liberty and justice upon which the nation was founded.

Subvet72
Subvet72

Regardless of what others think, given the original decision made by the administrators, that is not a school where I would choose to send my children to.

RodDC
RodDC

The illogical point is, “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.”

If the student body is made up of those who being here is a privilege and not a right, and do not appreciate our culture, then they shouldn’t be here at all, especially living on the bounty of this country and those taxpayers that fund it.

heimdall
heimdall

the actual problem is state run indocrtrination centers as a tax [extorted money] supported school it makes sense that it can be required to do as das stassi wants if this was an actual choice school that would go bankrupt with idiot decisions i might argue otherwise

E.E. Bokbok
E.E. Bokbok

So now Republicans think taxpayers should fund people's random whims in the name of "choice". Interesting.