Skip to comments.Mass. School Requires Permission Slips to Recite Pledge of Allegiance
Posted on 12/22/2010 10:35:19 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
The principal of a public school in Brookline, Mass., is asking parents to fill out permission slips before their children can participate in a weekly recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gerardo Martinez, the principal of The Devotion School, informed parents that the school would begin reciting the pledge in January over the public address system.
Attached to the letter was a form that asked parents to check either: "Yes, my child will participate in the weekly Pledge of Allegiance" or "No, my child will not participate in the weekly Pledge of Allegiance."
"I urge you to have a conversation as a family to help your children understand why I will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and to support them in feeling comfortable and confident in the decision on whether or not to participate," Martinez wrote in the letter.
The school also sent parents a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance along with a note that defined the words "under God" as meaning "there is one Supreme entity for every citizen."
School officials told Fox News Radio they are in the process of offering some sort of clarification about the schools policy as well as the definition of the words "under God."
"It's actually not a permission slip," said Superintendent Bill Lupini, in an interview with Fox News Radio. "There's no intent this was a permission form."
Lupini said students will not be forced to recite the pledge, regardless of a parent's wishes.
"If a student's parent checked yes and the student chose to remain seated, no one was going to compel that student to stand and vice versa," he said.
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Pardon me now while I go barf up my breakfast. In Brookline.
Sounds like a kind of fascism and/or Nazism to me.
Yet another reason why there should be no national funding for a public school system.
Public schools are a disgrace and I think it would be better for the entire country if the public school system per se faced some very stiff competition for their educational services.
Those who say no, are letting the parents who are communists.
What about the Pledge of Allegiance to Zer0, Marxism, and Statism?
Parents need to ban together and sign a document that states “If you do not allow my child to recite the Pledge, you will see us in court.”
Not only that, this permission slip tells the teachers and/or unions where each parent stands on the issue. It is none of their business.
I could think of ten things to say, each of them being inappropriate in a public forum.
On the other hand parents have been told repeatedly that they have no say over their children attending presentations by the sodomy recruiters.
They should be saying the Pledge of Allegiance every single day. If any parent would choose to have his or her child not participate (or to omit the “under God”), the onus should be on the parent to make that request.
Does anyone actually think that having an NEA stooge lead a bunch of half-asleep kids through a few words every morning does the slightest thing to make kids any more patriotic or to make an unpatriotic kid suddenly patriotic? Things like the pledge don’t do a thing to inculcate real patriotism and the greatest patriots our nation has ever known came about long before it was invented. Having to sign a slip is stupid but I wouldn’t cry if student didn’t have to blurt out a chant written by a socialist five days a week. Leave it up to the schools and to the teachers.
Sedition in the schools.
I’d wager that the students do NOT have to get parental permission slips signed to receive indoctrination in the global warming cult.
I take it that our nation's leadership, is beneath the dominion of "God", meaning that man's law cannot violate the basic rights endowed on us by "our Creator". Among those are the right to free speech (including a freedom to worship however you wish or chose not to) and self-defense. Our nation recognizes the role of faith in many Americans' lives and acknowledges it and the law cannot take that away.
So, if the State has a LAW (MA General Laws Chapter 71, Section 69) that mandates the recitation of the Pledge and the display of the Flag in every classroom, why is a first generation Cuban American sending out this non-permission permission "statement?"
I get the impression that Geraldo Martinez, Principal, is fighting a yet unmentioned force that does NOT want the kids to say the pledge, therefore he is getting written and signed evidence that the parents DO want the kids to say the Pledge.
But that is just my take upon reading the not-a-permission form permission form.
>> I get the impression that Geraldo Martinez, Principal, is fighting a yet unmentioned force that does NOT want the kids to say the pledge...
Got a similar impression once I read past the headline.
I have in my mind’s eye a picture of a class of students thirty-five strong saying the pledge of allegiance. I can see the room, the flag, the teacher. I can remember the time, during WWII, after one of the students announced a family member had been killed. I’m afraid you are too cynical by far.
Quite frankly I stay out of “pledge of allegiance” debates because quite frankly it is a phony and dishonest debate.
Personally I’d prefer that each and every resident alien and citizen child be required to:
1. Swear and oath to the Constitution of the United Stats of America and their own state’s Constitution.
2. Be required to pass an exam specifically on the Constitution of the United States of America - what it says and what it doesn’t say - else no diploma.
That’s more meaningful and substantive stuff.
I understand your point, but would disagree with it, simply because of two words: “Repetition...teaches.”
The daily (weekly?!) act of reciting the Pledge increases memorization, acculturation, and acceptance of the norms, values, and civic lessons and tradions of our great country.
(But I agree with the spirit of what you’re saying. In fact, I’d demand both your standard and mine for maximum civic effect.)
You nailed it exactly.
The people of Massachusetts are enemies of America on the scale of Al Queda