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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Patriotic Exercises Lead In Public Schools

Patriotic exercises lead in public schools is often thought to help students understand and respect the importance of their country and its way of life.
American schools in particular often organize patriotic exercises lead in public schools, including daily national anthem singing and flag raising.

Patriotic exercises lead in public schools teaches students the history and origins of their country, particular war history. Students are taught to respect soldiers who fought for their country when undertaking patriotic exercises lead in public schools.

American students participate in patriotic exercises lead in public schools often as they say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Although some parents are against the saying of this, as it includes the words "Under God" in which some parents do not want their children to say due to not believing in God, or not wishing the school to impose their beliefs on their child.

Patriotic exercises lead in public schools is often well organized in various states, for example California�s Education Code requires public elementary and secondary schools to conduct daily patriotic exercises, although schools may substitute other patriotic exercises for the Pledge of Allegiance. This ensures patriotic exercises lead in public schools does not get repetitive and merely an exercise for students, and one without meaning.

Students may however refuse to participate in patriotic exercises lead in public schools, though until 1943, public schools expelled schoolchildren for refusing to salute the flag. This is obviously not the case anymore.
If students disagree with some of the statements in the Pledge, they may refuse to participate. This gives students the freedom and self expression of their own beliefs which would not occur if they were forced to do patriotic exercises lead in public schools.

Students also can not be forced to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Standing during the Pledge is itself a participation in the exercise and an affirmation of belief, therefore students can not be forced.
Patriotic exercises lead in public schools can not punish students for not participating, and it is illegal to do so.

It is all well and good to conduct patriotic exercises lead in public schools; however it is only when students are given the choice to participate, as they are in California, do the true colors of an independent country come out through personal choice and personal beliefs.

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