Why Does This *Atlanta* Elementary School HATE America?

Won’t someone think of the children?

According to The AJC, the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School will no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The “reason” according to principal Lara Zelski said in a memo circulated to parents is “to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community.”

She added: “Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge.”

If we had even more local control of schools this would never happen!

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Welp, looks like Republicans are about come out against charter schools. It was fun while it lasted.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Trump tweet coming in 5..4..3..2..

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Is he gonna call kindergartners “sons of b—-” the way he did NFL players? I look forward to him facing absolutely zero repercussions.

tripfontaine
tripfontaine

So if a school doesn’t force a kindergartener to say the pledge, it must hate America? That’s completely insane. I applaud the school’s decision. I’ve always found it bizarre that we have kids “pledge allegiance” to the United States when they don’t even understand what a “pledge,” “allegiance,” or the “United States” is. And as someone who’s not religious and is not going to force religion on my child, I’m uncomfortable with my kid blindly reciting “one nation under god” without any inkling of what that language connotes. If you want to make your kid a patriot, do it on… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Those who are familiar with Ed will know that he was being facetious. I think. Perhaps pre-empting others’ comments to come.

armanidog
armanidog

Interesting history: “The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was written in 1892 by then 37-year-old minister Francis Bellamy. The original version of Bellamy’s pledge read, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic, for which it stands,—one nation, indivisible—with liberty and justice for all.” By not specifying to which flag or which republic allegiance was being pledged, Bellamy suggested that his pledge could be used by any country, as well as the United States. Bellamy wrote his pledge for inclusion in the Boston-published Youth’s Companion magazine – “The Best of American Life in Fiction Fact and Comment.”… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

” …of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands…”

I never got this. Isn’t the United States the actual Republic?
Maybe it’s meant to more or less mean “To the ‘community’ “or “To the ‘togetherness'”?

bethebalance
bethebalance

And if it’s just about the flag- why in the world would you pledge allegiance to a physical object? “I pledge allegiance to the United States of America” at least makes sense.
Also, I’ll say it: Pledging allegiance to a physical object is called idolatry. In my learning, idolatry is forbidden in the Commandment to have “No other Gods before God”. So, I’m fine with connecting the country to God, or if people want to substitute in whatever like “one nation, one universe”, I wouldn’t care.
But having “allegiance” to a physical object is wrong.

xdog
xdog

The issues you raise have been important to Mennonites for generations, and still are.
https://themennonite.org/opinion/white-privilege-patriotism-mennonites-colin-kapernick-protest/

TDubs
TDubs

Ah…facetious. As in charter schools have the greatest local control and we should be glad that this merry band of de-pledgers have quarantined – I mean gathered – themselves together away from the public schools. Unfortunately those kids are missing the lesson of how to get along in the greater community outside their school. It’s like shaking hands even after the other team cheated to beat you. Or even easier, singing Oh Canada or other anthems before games with the other team. Just be neighborly and bless their hearts knowing we can do better.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

New Noway alt?

apsmith76
apsmith76

As the co-worker of a board member of this charter school, I can tell you that the Pledge of Allegiance was NOT eliminated. It was just taken out of the morning gathering the school does. Now it will be up to every individual teacher to decide WHEN in the day to recite the Pledge.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

You know, I thought the pledge was stupid even when I was in elementary school. It always sounded like prattle from mindless drones when it was recited.

Caroline
Caroline

I felt the same way. Time to drone out the pledge is what I remember. My mind would wander onto other things while the class was saying it.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I say be inclusive and say “one nation under God, Buda, Vishnu, Spaghetti Monster, Guru Granth Sahib, Ahura Mazda, The Great Spirit, Zeus, Zaltron, ect…”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Pledging allegiance to Robert Mueller to own the conservatives.

drjay
drjay

this might make me a rino, but i so don’t care if some charter school in atlanta decides not to say the pledge as part of their morning routine…this doesn’t affect my life in any way shape or form…and i doubt it affects speaker ralston’s either…of course now i am going to have to ask my kids if they still do the pledge thing in the morning or not at their schools…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It doesn’t make you a RINO because the Pledge has nothing to do with being a Republican. It’s one of those issues drummed up to scare dumb old boomers (like David Ralston) into thinking that the America of apple pie, Leave it to Beaver, and small towns is going to disappear. . Whether or not kids are saying the Pledge of Allegiance at one elemenatary school in Atlanta has zero impact on any of our lives, it certainly has zero impact on the life of a well-to-do attorney in Blue Ridge. Same with Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem. It’s just… Read more »

xdog
xdog

Kinda like the latest sanctions against Russia.

Noway2016
Noway2016

“just a bunch of b.s. stirred up to make some geriatrics show up to their polling place on Election Day.” Like telling those same geriatrics that Repubs want to take away your Social Security/Medicare…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Pretty sure the GOP’s efforts to cut Medicare actually impact people’s lives.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Andrew, don’t forget conservatives want to starve grandma too. Oh and kids lunches at schools… a couple of the liberals all time favorites!!

Andrew how did any of Obama’s 242 new taxes he passed help create a job? Make anyone’s life any better. How did Benev’s joke about passing a $10 tax on golf balls to help the golf industry? Can’t the same thing be said for the other 242? I want to see how some genius lib rationalizes that.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

It’s just another way for sniveling libs to take a knee, tear down a statue, not play the star spangled banner at a ball game. Another way to wear a vagina hat. It just shows us another way to be a d-bag, disrespectful, in your face and take their whiny little selves back to their safe spaces and wish the communist/socialist wing of their wacko party would go ahead and take total control. Just notice nothing these clowns do is positive, helpful or optimistic . Why would you want your kids to be around such miserable negative folks? Not me.… Read more »