San Francisco’s new School Board President abruptly abandoned the Pledge of Allegiance before his first official meeting this week; opting to recite a poem by Maya Angelou in its place.
“For the first time in memory, the San Francisco school board bypassed the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of its meeting Tuesday night, a purposeful omission by the board’s new president,” writes the SF Gate.
“Stevon Cook, presiding over his first meeting, said he had been mulling over the idea of replacing the recitation of the pledge after he was elected to lead the board following the departure of former President Hydra Mendoza two weeks ago,” adds the article.
California education guidelines require schools and district officials to “conduct a daily patriotic exercise,” but participation isn’t mandatory and there is no official list of sanctioned songs or speeches.
“If you ask 10 Americans who wrote it, or when it was implemented, or why it is how we start our meetings, a lot of us would be hard pressed (to answer),” added Cook.
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IT BEGINS: Atlanta School ABANDONS ‘Pledge of Allegiance,' Says 'NOT INCLUSIVE'
A charter school in Atlanta, Georgia announced this week that it will no longer recite the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ at the start of each day; caving to pressure from an increasing number of students and teachers who refuse to stand for the patriotic ceremony.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper, the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School abandoned the Pledge for all of its elementary students; saying “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.”
“Teachers and the K-5 leadership team will be working with students to create a school pledge that we can say together at morning meeting,” added the press release.
“This pledge will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society,” added the announcement.
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WHY SHE LOST: Hillary Tweets Support for 11-YEAR-OLD Who Protests Pledge of Allegiance
Hillary Clinton returned to the national spotlight Thursday, voicing her support for an 11-year-old who prefers to kneel during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance; saying “keep up the good work.”
The doomed presidential candidate took to Twitter to support the young protester after a video of the girl demonstrating against the Pledge went viral on social media.
“It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana,” tweeted Clinton.
It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana. https://t.co/vnGheuWyJ0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 15, 2018
Hillary made national headlines last year when she voiced her support for NFL protesters “taking a knee” during the national anthem, claiming the President’s fierce opposition was “racist.”
h/t Town Hall