Yesterday, we celebrated our Independence Day. Today, a story broke in the Lafayette Advertiser that the Lafayette Parish School Board was considering getting rid of Pledge of Allegiance in the morning. They’re also considering eliminating language that encouraged students to learn the national anthem.
The Lafayette Parish School Board will consider next week whether to change its policy on reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in schools.
The proposed new policy states that there would be a designated time at the beginning of each school day for silent meditation and reciting the pledge.
The proposal removes language in the district’s current policy, which requires students to stand for the pledge, even if they do not recite it because of religious beliefs.
In addition, the proposal eliminates the current policy’s language that each school assembly or meeting should start with the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem, and that all students should be encouraged to learn the words to the anthem.
Why do we have public education in the first place? The biggest job of public schools is to teach patriotism and the customs of the nation. It is also to prepare American children to be good citizens of our Republic. The Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem are both very important customs and traditions of this country.
If you’re an atheist, simply don’t say the words “under God” or if you’re a Jehovah’s Witness just simply stand. Don’t take the pledge and the national anthem away from those who still love their country.
If the Lafayette Parish Public Schools can’t do its core job of teaching patriotism, there’s no reason for it to exist. The Lafayette Parish Public Schools should be abolished and all families given a voucher to attend the private or charter schools of their choice. We would all be much better off anyway.