Students opt out of patriotism

The American Flag
The American Flag

Each country has symbols that represent patriotism and encourage unity among countrymen. That is why, for Americans, The Star-Spangled Banner is not just a song and the flag is not just piece of cloth.

However, there is a recent controversy surrounding the display of loyalty to one of those symbols: The American Flag.

Leon County Schools in Florida have now sent waivers to parents in case they do not want their children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance:

“I understand my rights as a parent and I request that my child, noted above, be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. This request includes standing and placing his/her right hand over his/her heart.”

The spokesman for Leon County Schools, Chris Petley, explained that in Florida, as in many other states, the law dictates parents must be informed in writing that students have the right to not recite the Pledge of Alliance.

“This is a response to a Florida law voted on by the Florida Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott,”

“We are required to comply with the law,”

Many have expressed their displeasure with the waiver and the law.

Micah Brienen, who received a text message from his sister-in-law with a picture of the waiver his niece received, commented that:

“I believe it’s another stop in the progressive political movement to destroy the education system… We have a lot of American values and traditions that seem to be whittling away.”

“What’s next, removing the flags? It’s only the beginning.”

For many people, refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance is unpatriotic, and that could be problematic for the future.

Teaching children patriotism is important because, by encouraging unity among people living in the same country, people can transcend their self-interests to work together for their countrymen and state’s benefit.

What do you think? Should students be taught to express loyalty to the Flag or are those waivers just the beginning of the next generation who will have zero connection to their country?

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Photo Credit to Nicolas Raymond

Maria Robles is a recent graduate from New Jersey City University. She believes that everyone should be informed about current issues affecting our society.