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“A public school in Brookline, Massachusetts is bringing back the Pledge of Allegiance. Except now, in a move that suggests the recitation and its words are controversial, the school is requiring parents to sign a permission slip so their kids can participate….

According to a letter sent to parents last week by Principal Gerardo Martinez, the school is implementing the Pledge in order to comply with state law.

‘In order to meet the state legal mandate for public schools and to support our learning expectations, I will, once a week, as part of my morning announcements, recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag,’ he wrote in the letter. ‘Under our Constitution, neither teachers nor students can be mandated to participate in this exercise….”


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It should be good news that the Brookline school district after several years is bringing back the Pledge of Allegiance but I fear that something is not quite right here.

Under Massachusetts state law, public school teachers are required to lead students in the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every school day or face a $5 fine.   The city of Brookline has mandated that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited at least once a week.

I am not feeling this. Why is the Devotion School requiring that parents sign a permission slip in order for their children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance?  It should be the other way around, i.e., any parent refusing to allow their child to recite the Pledge of Allegiance for whatever reason should be required to opt out.

Moreover, the same schools requiring such permission freely distributes condoms and teaches students about certain sexual proclivities without first obtaining parental permission.  In many states, children can have abortions without parental permission. According Massachusetts law, the child must have the permission of a parent.

Again, I ask what is really behind the permission slips.

I am distrustful of our educational institutions because many of the educators are Communists and Marxists; therefore, it is perfectly rational to query the sudden implementation of such mandates.

While Geraldo Martinez, principal, Devotion School urges parents in his correspondence (below)  to discuss with their children the reasons behind the weekly recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the principal’s reasoning is that it is legally mandated.

Martinez makes no mention of respect, honor, love of country or sacrifice; he does, however, mention diversity, which takes one right back to Progressives and their indoctrination of children.