History Of The Pledge of Allegiance Not Divine

A brief essay by Charlie R. Claywell of the many forms the Pledge of Allegiance has taken includes this salient thought:

What I have always found interesting about the Pledge is how the Founding Fathers did not feel the need for its citizens to ‘pledge allegiance’ to the flag. Allegiance, of course, can be a slippery slope — it can lead to the naïve belief that unless someone behaves and acts like you, then they are not patriotic, American or a ‘true citizen.’

Source: History Of The Pledge of Allegiance Not Divine

Something to keep in mind in any group situation, including the classroom.

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Dr. Annelies Kamran is V.P. for Content and Product Development at WorldView Software, Inc.