At Brophy, there has been some serious debate between the Young Republicans Club, the Young Democrats Club and the Brophy administration about the implementation of the pledge of allegiance in school.
The Young Republicans Club created and sent a petition to a few students and teachers asking if they would like to say the pledge of allegiance every morning and it was shut down by principal Mr. Bob Ryan.
He said that the way the students handled the situation could have been better than just creating a survey because surveys are not always the most accurate.
No matter what the school decides, there will always be controversy around it, so I think a compromise is the best option.
I think that Brophy does not need the pledge of allegiance every day. Instead of every day, I believe that we should say it once a week, preferably on a Monday.
The pledge, as we know it, was written by Baptist minister Francis Bellamy in 1892 because he felt like we needed to honor the country’s flag and what we stand for. It is important that we recognize this.
By saying the pledge at the beginning of the day every Monday, we can honor the Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country as well as be respectful towards the flag that represents so many things that are unique to the United States of America.
Although I think the pledge should be said every Monday, those that do not want to participate shouldn’t be forced to say it but they should at least have the decency to stand and be silent and reverent towards the other students who do want to honor the flag.
Students should all be exposed to this type of patriotic writing. It is important for us to know the pledge of allegiance just like we should know the national anthem.
You could think that America is horrible and miserable or you can think that America is successful and great but we should all be willing to take a solid 16 seconds at least once a week to honor the flag and the people who risk their lives so we can live in a free country with all the liberties we are entitled to.