Pledge of Allegiance Causes Controversy

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Cartoon Credit: Gamze Ayaz ’16

By George Revazishvili ’17

Recently Midwood has reintroduced the pledge of allegiance. Now, every day at the beginning of period 5 students are to stand facing the flag and repeat the pledge with their right hands on their hearts.

Although the students are not forced to recite the pledge, it still takes time and attention away from the lesson. While it may not be a problem for most, many students don’t need that interruption as soon as they have prepared for and began the lesson.

Another problem with the reintroduction of the pledge is the phrase “under God.” Not everyone is religious and those who are not should not have to sit through the pledge and hear it every day. It would be a lot simpler if the pledge was not recited. “Under God” was added to the pledge in 1954 under President Eisenhower, but that was more than half a century ago in a much more conservative and close minded time. Students in Midwood should not have to hear religious ideology just like they shouldn’t have to hear atheistic ideology.

“As a teacher I am indifferent [to the reintroduction of the pledge]; however, I think it is good because it can perhaps build patriotism for one’s own country,” said Mr. Falk.

Though there is nothing wrong with building patriotism, people have different religious views, or some might just not care that much at all.

“It’s weird because I haven’t done the Pledge of Allegiance since maybe middle school and I forgot most of the words,” stated Shaziah Hassan ’17.

This goes to show that to some students in Midwood the Pledge of Allegiance isn’t important and is nothing more than an interruption even if it’s just for a few seconds.

On the other hand, the Pledge of Allegiance is a way to show respect for our country and its troops.

“Not standing for the pledge is your right as an American, but it is also your duty to honor those who serve and by refusing to show respect to the flag you’re disrespecting the men woman who put their lives on the line,” said Sabrina Gorodetsky ’17.

However, not many students take pride.

“I have felt injustice living in this country,” states Javi Cano ’16. “I don’t believe in what many politicians do. I don’t stand for the idea of the American dream because it’s not attainable equally for all races and genders.”

With many students disagreeing based on religious views, race, other ideologies, or simply because of the interruption, the obvious solution is to not have the school pledge.

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