Saying the Pledge of Allegiance has become a daily routine in school since kindergarten. We have done this daily ritual all throughout our school career, but it seems that we do it less and less as we grow older.
Although students are not required to say the pledge by law, many feel that students should be encouraged to say the pledge, or at least respect the people that do.
Several of the social studies and government teachers took the time to comment on this issue,
“Legally you don’t have to say it, but we should ensure the pledge is respected,” Mr. Matthew Maris said.
Although many teachers feel that students should be saying the pledge, most agreed students have the legal right to sit it out or stand quietly.
“It’s a matter of conscience, I have admiration for students who make a conscience decision not to, rather than the ones that choose not to for no reason,” Mr. Jay Vasellas said, “Saying the pledge was a big thing back in the 60’s, but back then it was not about religion it was mostly about the war at the time.”
Many students have claimed there are various reasons for saying, or not saying the morning pledge. Whether it be a religious indifference, or just not feeling like it.
Peer pressure also seems to play a big part in whether or not students participate in the pledge, “I wouldn’t say so much peer pressure, but more peer approval, you don’t want to be the student to stand out,” Vasellas said.
The Pledge is something that happens every day in schools, whether or not a student participates in the pledge or not they will have to deal with their decision.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."