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Creek Running North
June 09, 2005
Becky would melt...
...into a viscid puddle of gratitude if she ever had a student like this.
Scary story, however.
Posted by Chris Clarke at June 9, 2005 08:03 AM
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Scary in the sense that everybody is coerced to be patriotic, true.
But a smart kid could make other kids giggle in his corner of the classroom for quite a few mornings before being ratted out by a visiting parent.
I feel pretty uncomfortable at Boy/Cub Scout events [and I'm a leader] because that sort of enthusiastic brainless patriotism to the flag is expected there....Posted by: Z*lda at June 9, 2005 10:12 AM
I try to insert humor into my exams. I seed the word banks for fill-in-the-blanks with Stargate characters, actors, and sillyness to amuse myself. It was a dark, dark day when several people fell for "Telecommunicakery" as a real concept related to human evolution.
I did have student crack me up one time, though. He'd gotten promoted midway through the semester and was just slammed with work. He hadn't had as much time as he'd wanted to study for the midterm. He charmingly, straightforwardly wrote in METEORS! for every answer he didn't know.Posted by: CMD at June 9, 2005 11:03 AM
This is really, really sick. I don't think that kid would have been suspended back in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis, even - but here we are. The mother's discomfort with "authority" makes me as sad as the son's suspension. Good for her for sticking up for him. And God forbid there should be a classroom discussion about what the Pledge means to the students so that everyone, including the teacher, might learn from. That would probably get the teacher suspended as well.Posted by: beth at June 9, 2005 12:19 PM
They started up reading the daily plejullejunce over the PA at my wife's school three years ago. She teaches kids in a magnet art program, and it happens to fall during one of the periods she has seniors. Nobody has ever recited the thing in one of her classes. When it first started she was a bit surprised that the kids just ignored it and kept on working. When it happened with the next group she started just shutting the speaker off.Posted by: doghouse riley at June 9, 2005 08:42 PM
Hey, thank you for the link to my story about my son and his Star Trek pledge. I posted a sound file of him reciting *his* pledge this morning. I am grateful for all the kind comments and support that has come our way, many of whom came to the story through your site. Much thanks and gratitude.Posted by: Birdie at June 10, 2005 08:39 AM
I suspect that Francis Bellamy, the Boston socialist who wrote the original pledge, whould approve of 8. The first pledge had no "of the United States of America." and no "under God" The DAR, over Bellamy's objection, changed "my flag" to "the flag of the United States of America," fearing that imigrants might be pledging to the Old Country's flag. And the Knights of Columbus and others got Congress to add "under God" in 1954 (I believe).Posted by: Steve at June 20, 2005 08:57 PM