There is a controversy in Woodbury, Vermont over whether or not school children should recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom at the start of the school day. Read about it below.

Woodbury, Vermont is a town of 810 people who are at odds with one another over whether or not to reinstate the practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in classroom. It seems that the parents of the children attending the school want to have a recitation of the Pledge to be part of their childrens’ school day. However, school officials have blocked the efforts out of fear that children who don’t want to recite the Pledge will be made to feel out of step with their school mates for sitting out participating with the other children.

The officials at the school apparently felt they had the perfect answer to the problem. Instead of risking making non-participating children the objects of scorn, they would have the children who want to recite the Pledge of Allegiance leave the classroom and go up the stairs of the 18th century school house to a second floor gymnasium to recite the Pledge. Children would have the choice of being singled out, having to walk out of their class in front of everyone, walk upstairs to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or they can have play time while their peers are upstairs doing the Pledge.

The parents didn’t like this option and continued to insist that the children be allowed to stay in their classrooms, stand by their desks and recite the Pledge as has been the tradition for generations. The teachers and administration of the school scoffed at the idea. Then last week, instead of sending the children who chose to forgo playtime to do the Pledge, the school administrator herded all the students and faculty of the school (about 55 people) into a cramped for foyer so that the entire school would do the Pledge together.

Principal Michaela Martin seemed to be thumbing her nose at the parents by doing this, basically saying, ‘There, you happy now? Nana nana boo boo’. They weren’t and they aren’t.

The two sides are getting increasingly angry and the discussions more heated.

The school’s stance is that children who don’t want to recite the Pledge should not be put in a position of being singled out for scorn. The parent’s position is that the Pledge should be a part of the school day.

The Vermont Pledge of Allegiance controversy leaves me wondering if the school administrators at Woodbury Elementary School allow children to decide whether or not they take tests. A child might be made vulnerable to scorn form her classmates should she get a failing grade on a test or forget to do her homework? Are these things made optional for the children there?

Here’s the deal. This is the United States of America. Vermont is one of the United States. Therefore, it is expected that someone going to school in a Vermont town is a citizen of the United States of America. Considering all those factors, it is reasonable to expect that the citizens of Woodbury, Vermont would have an allegiance to the country in which they live. It is therefore reasonable for the children to learn the Pledge of Allegiance as part of their schooling. It is, after all, their country.

Am I the only person that is concerned that school teachers seem to be increasingly concerned about children having to accept consequences for their own actions? If you never fail anything, you don’t learn how to be a good sport when you lose. If you are told you are great at something when its obvious that you aren’t, it damages your self esteem. If you never have to work hard at anything, you don’t build self esteem and you don’t learn that things aren’t given to your for nothing. There are life lessons that our children are not learning. They can’t learn if they are never given the opportunity to fail at something. The will never learn the values we say we want to teach our children if they are never expected to participate in activities because its the right thing to do regardless of whether or not they WANT to.

There’s something to be said for old fashioned values. Many generations were raised on doing the ‘right thing’ regardless of consequences to yourself, on putting God and country first, on family values, on discipline and accepting hardship. Frankly, those generations were a lot better off than the more recent generations of narcissists who believe that the only thing to be ashamed of is losing and the end justifies any means.

Pledge of Allegiance – Video
Recited by John Wayne