Educational administrators must be aware of these issues and the laws that must be adherent to.
However, even though more than a million students recite these words every day, not more than half probably know the true meaning behind these words. Students in schools started to refuse to stand and recite the pledge along with their teacher and classmates and as a result they would be punished for not doing so.
Since the case did not address the underlying issue of religious freedom, future challenges are likely. Does being part of a majority give a moral license to disregard dissenting viewpoints?The First Amendment, however, does not say that in every and all respects there shall be a separation of Church and State. District Judge Lewis Babcock said: "It doesn't matter whether you're a teacher, a student, a citizen, an administrator, or anyone else, it is beyond the power of the authority of government to compel the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance". By interpreting the U. The New York Times. This paper will discuss the first highly publicised discrepancy over the pledge, Supreme Court case Elk Grove Unified School District v Even though most citizens have the pledge memorized, many students do not know the real reason behind narrating this word of honor every morning. Code you can state that the Pledge should rather be regarded as a ceremonial expression of patriotism by promising loyalty to the flag of United States of America symbolizing a nation where the sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by people; to a country incapable of being divided and its principles of freedom, justice and equality. Consequently, legal challenges persist. When provided the opportunity to write a pledge to the American flag in a campaign to sell flags to public schools, Bellamy turned to the words and principles of socialism. The argument was brought to court by Michael Newdow, the father to the girl on whose behalf the lawsuit was brought forward. Parker, who "said he did not belong to any church",  objected "as a matter of personal conscience"  to the Los Angeles Board of Education's policy instated in that made daily recitation of the pledge with the addition of the words "under God" mandatory. In a remarkable development, Justice Antonin Scalia will not take part in the decision. This paper will focus on school-aged children. In addition the Justice pointed out that American coins had "In God we trust" inscribed on them a practice that had been implemented sporadically since , and pointed to the Presidential oath of "So help me, God" he made no mention that the Constitution gives the president-elect the option to affirm without invoking a deity. In August , thirty-five states order the school officials to read or post the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a day.
Thus, we recognize that pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States is formally integrated into American school life. Colorado subsequently amended the law to remove the requirement to recite the Pledge.
Nevertheless, I think it is an unconstitutional undertaking whatever form it takes. Moreover, as the title of the code indicates, also the manner of delivery is prescribed in the very same paragraph as it continues: [The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag] should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.