Should students be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning?

The Pledge of Allegiance has been a nationally recognized symbol of loyalty to the country for American citizens since 1942. While the text has undergone many iterations, it continues to represent American patriotism and pride.

Many have questioned the requirement of school-aged children to “pledge their allegiance” to a national symbol of the flag; citing that the wording used in the text of “under God” is in direct opposition to the First Amendment, which establishes the separation of church and state.

Others feel that the requirement for children to recite the Pledge in schools encourages unity, respect, and patriotism for the men and women who died fighting for our freedoms.

 

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