Banning the pledge

At last Monday’s meeting, the Madison school board banned the Pledge of Allegiance in Madison public schools when a small number of parents objected for religious and/or political reasons.

The school board exhibited the (then) typical Madison politically correct knee-jerk response, ignoring the wishes of the vast majority of the population; within 14 hours, the school board had received 426 phone calls and emails, 422 of which opposed the new policy. Apparently school board officials forgot they were elected to represent their constituents. Fortunately, the board will reconsider its decision tonight.

Still, we wonder if the school board is so out of touch that they will not even know what they are discussing. After all, while attempting to adhere to the new policy, one Madison elementary school played the Chinese national anthem. They claimed it was a mistake, but the gaffe puts to rest the idea the pledge will not have any educational benefit.

We don’t think every child should be forced to recite the pledge, but it’s ridiculous the school board feels every child should be forced not to.

On Monday, October 15, the editorial was updated to reflect the version printed in Monday’s paper.

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This article was published Oct 15, 2001 at 12:00 am and last updated Oct 15, 2001 at 12:00 am

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