Pledging allegiance to the United States Flag is a long-standing tradition for our school children. As early as preschool, children learn to recite the simple phrases that instill a sense of pride and loyalty toward their country.
Not so long ago, schools across the nation set aside time each morning for the Pledge.‑ It was part of the day. Now, some schools give students an opportunity to say the Pledge only once a week; other schools have done away with it altogether.
The Senate has passed a bill to give every student the chance to pledge allegiance to the Flag. Senate Bill 332 requires that schools set aside a few minutes each day to allow students time to recite the Pledge and for a moment of silence.
Children today are growing up in the wake of September 11, which has resulted in a strong wave of patriotism throughout the nation. Unfortunately, many schools still do not allow time for the Pledge every day. Children learn much more in school than English, math, and science; they learn important lessons in citizenship, respect, and fairness from their teachers and administrators.
In this day and age, when the Pledge itself is under attack by various interest groups, the message schools send their students by not allowing time to honor the flag and all it stands for is that they would rather cater to those interest groups than teach children to have a sense of patriotism for this great country.
SB 332 gives students an option whether or not to recite the Pledge, and the moment of silence would require students to do no more than remain quiet. This initiative will ensure that students have more freedoms, not fewer. Children spend the greater part of their day inside a classroom, and they should be provided a few moments to pay respect to their country, their liberties, and the soldiers who continue to sacrifice for all of us. After all, isn’t that part of what America is about?
If you have any questions about this, or any other Kruse Report, please contact me at State Senator Dennis Kruse, Indiana Senate, 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or call 1-800-382-9467, or send e-mail to S14@in.gov.
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