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    Colorado HS Students Pledge Allegiance to the Flag … in Arabic | Fox News Insider

    Should the Pledge be done in English, many languages, or not at all?

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    I can't get that link to work. It opens for a moment & then knocks off my internet connection.

    I'm not a big fan of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in schools. I think the mark of a true patriot is in your heart & deeds, not in some words you say mindlessly on the playground. ("Richard Stanz" LOL!) It reminds me of prayers over dinner where you just repeat the same words night after night so you can get on to eating. However, I'm a big fan of schools & students exploring other cultures and I think translating the Pledge of Allegiance into other languages is a wonderful experiment. We did that in school, although we didn't do it in Arabic, but 5 or 6 other languages. Listening to how it sounds, does it roll off your tongue in the same way, what is the correct translation for each word in context, how do the words & phrases fit together, it was a wonderful learning exercise. The fact that they did it in Arabic is no problem for me.
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    When you say English, are you asking British English or American English?
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    Love kids learning other languages so I think this is great
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    Doesn't matter to me. I'm good with saying the Pledge no matter how they want to.

    According to the article it was a cultural club and they've also translated and said it in Chinese and Korean. Sounds fun to me!

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    Students have freedom of speech - doesn't specify that it applies only to English.
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    I have a student who speaks nothing but Thai. What would be the most appropriate thing for me to do? Have him recite in English? Translate it into Thai? Or just let him do nothing?

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    Kiddos have the right to not stand and say the pledge at all, as well. The language of silence.
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    I don't even understand why it would be a problem to say the pledge in another language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    I don't even understand why it would be a problem to say the pledge in another language.
    I am not settled with my feelings on this issue. I have heard opinions from the other side that I could give for the purpose of the debate, even though I do not necessarily agree with all of them.

    Children living in this country need to learn to speak English in order to succeed. The reason we say the pledge is to instil a sense of Patriotism and it defeats the purpose to speak it in another language.

    Again, not necessarily my views, but I know they are relatively common.

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