Starting in kindergarten, we have allocated thirty seconds of every morning to reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember hearing the announcement to do the Pledge, and sighing because I had to stand and perform this seemingly pointless task. As a little kid, I didn’t know what the Pledge of Allegiance really meant or why we had to do it. All I knew is that we would be performing the monotonous, fancy sounding, thirty-one worded stanza daily. While it was against the law for teachers to force us to say the Pledge, it was expected.
“I Pledge Allegiance to the flag…” a phrase that nearly any US resident could finish without thinking. But to go beyond the mindless regurgitation of the Pledge of Allegiance that happens in schools across the country, the Pledge’s meaning can symbolize different things to everyone. It is a meaning riddled with contradictions: xenophobia and national pride written in the same words. In looking into these contradictions and ideas, I believe my school should continue to have the optional daily recitation the Pledge of Allegiance, but vote on the possible adoption of America’s Creed, in effort to appease as many students as possible. The American flag, the Pledge and other US Civic practices have become symbols of our democracy.
Everyone has his or her own opinions about such controversial subjects. In past years, there have been many different court cases and legal decisions involving the controversial subject of making the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory in schools. However, there has also been much opposition to many that are fighting for the
At the age of 18, he graduated Yale University (in 1773) and had the top scores in his graduating class. After that, he went on to become a schoolteacher. A very devoted Christian, Hale planned to become a minister of the Bible. Also, in college, he was an experienced speaker and debater who argued that women should have the same high education as men. So, as well as teaching at the Union Grammar School in New London, Connecticut, he also taught a group of ladies each morning.
Joy always looked out for him and she was constantly worrying about his future. For example, when his performance in school was poor she would notice. When she noticed he was singing along to a song he had just hear two days ago, Joy told him you are not learning the work because you can’t it is because “you are just not working hard enough,” (Wes 76). His mother was constantly watching over his actions in order make sure her son was growing up to be a successful person. In addition, his grandparents watched over him.
America is known to be called a “melting pot” because we are diverse county with many religions, therefore, constitutionally, each American citizen must be a loud to practice their rights. An example of the free exercise clause being expressed in schools today is allowing students to request excused days off school to observe a religious holiday. Public schools are not open on national holidays but they are open on days they are religious holidays that are not observed as a Nation. With this being said, students are excused from school on absent days for religious reasons (p. 246). A second example of the free exercise clause being expressed is having the freedom to pray in school.
During this weeks lesson one thing that struck me was how “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance was added. I thought the “Under God’ had always been apart of the Pledge of Allegiance. I’ve had a lot of “aha” moments while reading our lessons. Growing up my dad has always shared his political views with me and most of the time I wasn’t able to fully understand his reasoning’s for his opinions. Throughout this class a lot of what he’s shared with me I understand better now and why he feels that way, especially about the topic of communism.
His most powerful influence on this movement was as a result of the speeches he gave every week at the First Baptist Church. He inspired the African- American people to fight for their freedom in a way that didn’t destroy the dignity and he carried out with justice and peace. The purpose of having him in our simulation is to simulation is to symbolize his leadership and impact on the success of the boycott. The people of montgomery were strong and determined to boycott the busses. Dr.King held their spirits up with his contagious enthusiasm, allowing them to stand together.
She explains this process by saying, “For a whole week I kept making all sorts of excuses, but she was persistent. It became increasingly difficult because, inside, I was simply dying to go.” (98). Scenarios like this made it hard for Yen Mah to make any close friends because it was forbidden to hang out with them after school hours. Overall the themes and struggles of Yen Mah’s
Honestly, everybody does. Often you may hear parents or elders talking about peer pressure, to be exact direct and indirect peer pressure. Direct peer pressure is when you are asked with a question on the spot, for example “most of us are going to skip school today, come join us”, this is a statement which a peer asks another peer and is waiting for a immediate reply. It is quite hard to get away from direct peer pressure as it is quite common that most of us would say yes or okay. This type of peer pressure -usually- involves direct confrontation, and it is hard for teens to come up with an excuse (on the spot) that others find valid and reasonable.
Not many people know about this promise, but Hmong parents remind their kids everyday that if their children were to go to school and have racial discrimination against their language or culture, their children should remember the great things they did for America and challenge the saying that Hmongs should return to their homeland. It was because of this war that Hmongs have made many enemies in the Laos and Vietnam region. Many Hmongs are receiving the fate of the people ofDarfur .
These were just extra obstacles that were put in my way for reason to benefit at all, considering I was told that junior year was already the hardest year for any high schooler anyway. I was furious yet frightened to see the thing that I value and work for, to be turned against me and everyone else. Across many schools within Jeffco, students all together performed a walk out during school to protest this issue to point. But this walk out was only the beginning of the Jeffco Recall that many teachers, parents, and students supported and carried out throughout the year. And while we did have to compensate for their poor decisionmaking that year, the recall was eventually set forth and finalized at the beginning of my senior year.
This book has won several awards, in 1999 the National Book Award Finalist; in 2000 it won the Michael L. Printz, and the Coretta Scott-King award. Despites its many awards it has also been challenged and banned in many different school districts because parents didn’t think it was appropriate for their children to read. According to Dean 2013, states “Seven D97 families filed a request with the district last month to have the book removed. A "request for reconsidering" can be made under board policy, which deals with educational materials deemed "offensive or controversial." The policy also calls for an internal committee to be convened to review such materials”.
I entered Bishop Connolly High School in fear. I thought I would be drowned by homework, and I thought that I would find difficulty in finding friends. Those notions were not true. But aside from my fears for high school, I had an aspiration to become to closer to God. My family is religious, and I intend to carry the tradition to going to Church every Sunday and every Holy Day of Obligation, but there is more beyond going to Church.
One day when the Pledge of Allegiance was being said at my high school one student became upset. He said he did not understand why he had to stand and say the Pledge because it was almost like a prayer and prayers were not allowed in school. He also said if he does not believe in God then he should not have to say it. The teacher over heard him talking about it and told him that he simply did not have to stand and participate during this event. The teacher also gave him the option to leave the room when this was going on.