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Pledge of Allegiance Debate

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Southern Oregon school is defending their practice of not having students say the Pledge of Allegiance in their classes. Now, the Oregon House is considering a bill that would make the pledge of allegiance a daily requirement.

Madrone Trail, one of Medford school district’s two charter schools, is arguing against that bill. State law currently says that schools have to leave time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every week. This bill would make it a daily requirement. It would also mandate that schools display a flag in every classroom.

Madrone Trail currently does not recite the pledge in their classrooms. They’re exempted because of their charter status, but if the bill passes as-is, the requirements would extend to them. Their director, Joe Frodsham, says if this is the case, it would be harmful to their students because they aren’t old enough to understand.

“It’s critical that children be taught, and that they be ready, and that they be old enough and have enough experience to understand the significance of a pledge. Because if you really think about the words in our pledge of allegiance, they’re pretty powerful and pretty serious,” Frodsham said.

Madrone Trail says they do start doing the pledge in later grades. They will be adding the eighth grade into their curriculum next year, and those students will participate. They also say that if the law changes, they will comply.

The House bill hasn’t yet come to a vote, although it has gone through public hearings. Even if it does pass, it could still go through changes as it makes its way through the legislature.

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  1. Milt says:

    OMG IT’S ABOUT TIME LETS TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY AND WHOM EVER IT OFFENDS
    THEY CAN GO SOMEWHERE DIFFERANT MAYBE LIKE NORTH K.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA
    AND I HOPE THAT OFFENDS SOMEONE

  2. Marilyn Kent says:

    I think the children should say the pledge in school.
    This is America and if it offends anyone then let them leave.
    This is the United States of America. Why shouldn’t our children be taught to say the pledge with respect and honor and to be proud of being citizens of the Greatest Nation on earth!!!
    Marilyn Kent, I am Honored Proud to be an American !!!

  3. Rick says:

    America is great and its good to be patriotic but requiring the the youth to say the pledge of alliegance in school is a form of brain washing. It should not be allowed.

    I love my country, I have served in the military, but I do not believe in god. Why should people of other religions (or lack of one) have to be forced to recite a pledge that does not fully encompass their beliefs?

    Perhaps we should require everyone to say it in Arabic or Chinese?

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