By Nathan Barton
I recently commented on child abuse here in the Fifty States. Especially as dealing with the so-called public schools.
One area in which there is abuse is in the rituals and customs of schools.
Specifically with the recitation of that venerable tradition, the Pledge of Allegiance.
In this one thing, we see both the way children are abused in the government-run, tax-funded (“public”) schools AND the incredible inconsistency of statists and progressives. Whether those are national, international, or transnational socialists.
From Atlanta, Georgia at the start of this school year, came this: An Atlanta charter school announced that the Pledge of Allegiance would not be part of the morning ritual at the start of the school day. And people were upset.
Notice when the “campus president” changed the policy originally, it was to remove it from the daily general assembly when all students must be present together with their guards … excuse me, teachers and teachers’ aides. There are several terms for that, including “Roll Call,” a term familiar to anyone imprisoned in a German POW camp. It is part of the regimen of being incarcerated in “public schools.”
(Also, this aside: Titles like “principal” (which was once “principal teacher” as in the first among equals) and “superintendent” are no longer enough for the swelled heads of educrats (“school administrators”). Of course, they “deserve” all this heightened respect and honor.) Let us all show due deference to the “campus president.”
But let me continue. This ties into more hi-jinks:
We learn elsewhere (the Atlanta Constitution Journal) that a teacher was fired. Why? She failed students in her class. Why such a rare thing today? Because they didn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Again, people are upset.
Now remember, in 1943, SCOTUS found that it was unconstitutional to require students to salute the flag or recite the Pledge. But the abusers who staff the public schools ignore that, even while they cheer the SCOTUS Roe v. Wade which lets many who would otherwise be their students to be killed in the womb.
The United States Supreme Court in a 6-3 vote ruled it is unconstitutional to compel students to salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. But apparently, that Georgia teacher was inadequately educated and did not know that. Or didn’t care. Instead, the teacher demands whatever she wants to, of the students. Legal, moral, ethical, or not. Because “I’m in charge.”
In this particular case, the teacher was fired. I suspect the real reason is not making unreasonable demands of her students. Rather, what she did was contrary to the wishes of the education establishment. The Pledge of Allegiance (wrongly) is seen to be conservative and traditional, supporting “American values.”
Put another way, even the socialists and other progressives have conveniently forgotten Bellamy’s reason for writing and promoting the thing in the first place. And therefore, their actions are inconsistent. It was to create the very mindset that the Tranzis are pushing today: that government, the state, is to be the source of all things and the object of worship. Today, the standard Tranzi attack on the Pledge is that it “lies” about “liberty and justice for all,” that it promotes unity (“one nation… indivisible”) and religion “under God” among other things. And of course, according to them, we are not a “republic” any more, but a “democracy.” Except when the majority votes against something that the progressives want to do or advocate. Inconsistent in virtually all things.
Which is nothing new. But neither is abuse of children, physically and mentally as well as morally and spiritually.
But the worst way in which teachers, and the schools, abuse children today is the indoctrination, whether conservative or liberal, of those students. Teaching them to obey without question, the “right” authorities. Teaching them that only SOME things, not everything, should be questioned. Teaching them by example of how to tear down families and communities in order to be replaced by something still worse: whatever the progressives (or conservatives) can come up with next.
There is a cure for that: besides getting the children OUT of the GRTF schools, or even better, never putting them in those schools in the first place. That is to teach them, by word and by deed, how to live free. How to enjoy the blessings of liberty. How to think for themselves and how to stand up for themselves and others against everyone from schoolyard bullies (including the teachers) to the jackbooted thugs and their bosses. Even (and especially) the “majority.”
Despite the high-sounding words of the Pledge of Allegiance, it teaches none of that, because each of those words which used to mean something have been twisted and abused themselves. It is “for the children,” alright. For the abuse of children: that is.
Enough is enough.