Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Massachusetts School Issues Permission Slips for Pledge of Allegiance
Via FoxNews The principal of a public school in Brookline, Mass., is asking parents to fill out permission slips before their children can participate in a weekly recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gerardo Martinez, the principal of The Devotion School, informed parents that the school would begin reciting the pledge in January over the public address system. Attached to the letter was a form that asked parents to check either: "Yes, my child will participate in the weekly Pledge of Allegiance" or "No, my child will not participate in the weekly Pledge of Allegiance."
Amazingly, the parent's reaction is almost as insane as the issue of the permission slips in the first place:
"It's uncomfortable," Judi Puritz Cook told the Local Wicked newspaper. "The pledge is a promise, and I've always taught my kids to think very carefully before making any promise. It's not a decision I want to make for them."
Sarah Wunsch told the newspaper the permission slips were "really strange.""It suggests that this is a decision for parents alone," she said, noting that children don't lose their right of expression once they walk into a school building."
These people are completely missing the point, if they think the problem here is that little Timmy might lose his right of expression or have a "promise" decision made for him.
Seriously, where are cameras? This has to be a joke.
As for the actual wording on the slip, well, it's even more fun:
"I urge you to have a conversation as a family to help your children understand why I will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and to support them in feeling comfortable and confident in the decision on whether or not to participate," Martinez wrote in the letter.