Parents are finally speaking up after a Georgia grade school proudly announced that it was eliminating the Pledge of Allegiance in order to be “more inclusive.” In its place school officials wanted kids to recite an oath to the “global society.”
So, pledging to support America is now “divisive”? As far as these “educators” it was.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, campus president Lara Zelski announced early this month that the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School on Grant Street dumped the Pledge of Allegiance.
The decision was made, Zelski said, “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community. Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge.”
Parents began speaking out against the policy soon enough. And the school’s anti-American act caught the eye of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, both of whom slammed the school for its idiocy.
According to the paper:
By about 6:15 p.m., the school issued a statement saying its policies were aligned with those of the Georgia Department of Education but ” … it appears there was some miscommunication and inconsistency in the rollout. Starting next week, we will return to our original format and provide our students with the opportunity to recite the Pledge during the all-school morning meeting.”
The state DOE policy demands that schools set a time for the pledge, each school day, at the beginning of the school day or during the homeroom period. But students may not be compelled to recite the pledge, it adds.
The school system also chimed in on the controversy:
Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School has and will continue to provide students with an opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each school day. In the past, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited during our all-school morning meeting, but at the start of the school year, the daily practice was moved to classrooms. This change was done in compliance with state law [O.C.G.A. 20-2-310 (c)(1)] and aligned Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School with most other schools in the state who also say the Pledge of Allegiance in individual classrooms. However, it appears there was some miscommunication and inconsistency in the rollout. Starting next week, we will return to our original format and provide our students with the opportunity to recite the Pledge during the all-school morning meeting.
At ANCS, our priority is to provide our students with a safe and dynamic learning environment where they cultivate a love for learning, develop self-knowledge, and are constantly challenged to excel. We support our students in their growth and see it as our duty as educators to respect their First Amendment rights.
We are working together with the school administration to ensure we address concerns and feedback from our school family, while continuing to uphold and support the rights of every member of our school community.
While this crisis has been averted, it is just a piece of the left-wing nonsense we are seeing in nearly every school in the country. No longer are kids taught reading, writing, arithmetic, and civic virtue, now they are strictly taught radical left-wing ideals.
Parents, you do both your children and your country a disservice to let these schools get away with this. Fight back like these parents in Atlanta did.
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