A couple of months ago, the superintendent of Florida’s Santa Rosa County District Schools was upset after students were reminded — through signs on classroom walls — that they didn’t have to stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance. In his mind, forced recitation of the Pledge was both patriotic and a requirement in state law.
He was wrong on both counts.
Saying the Pledge is optional and no student can be punished for refusing to participate. As I said before, the students who choose to remain seated may even be more patriotic because they know it’s wrong to force people to say we’re a nation “Under God” or that we have “justice for all” when that’s just not true in practice.