At the bus stop yesterday a friend of mine shared that her son (in kindergarten) is learning the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. The class says the Pledge in English and then again in Spanish, each morning at the start of the school day.
What do you think of this?
To give you context, the school that he attends has a population of students where 40% come from non-English speaking households. Some of the kids show up on the first day of school without any English at all.
Should the Pledge only be said in English?
I think it would be awesome to learn the Pledge in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, and any other language one could think of. I think learning other languages is one of the best gifts a child or anyone could get. Why would anyone be upset to find out their kid is being taught another language?
Or is it just because it is the pledge and for some insane notion American's think that unless the Pledge is sung in English it is somehow hurting the US? Or would people be mad that teaching English speaking kids another language is pandering to non-English speakers? I guess I don't see why anyone would be upset so I am not sure how to debate this.
I think that it is awesome for both the English and Spanish speakers that they are saying it in both languages! I hope my kids school does something like that!
I think it's a great idea! In Canada we sing our National Anthem in both of our official languages, even in schools where it is mostly English speaking. I know Spanish isn't an official language of the US, but I think it would be wonderful to embrace other languages, especially one that is so prominent in your country.
This mother shared it bc she was upset-- but I didn't share her sentiment and it surprised her.
I though it was cool and a good opportunity for all of the kids. Heck, the hardest school to get into in our district is a full spanish immersion school-- they teach one week in english and one week in spanish so that all of the kids learn both languages.
She also didn't like that her 2nd grader's teacher had *two* pictures of Obama hanging in their classroom. I had to remind her that he is our president.....which she conceded was true.
I would prefer that they say the pledge and remove the "under God" portion.....but I like the fact they are saying it in both languages.
I agree with pp. I think it's great that the Spanish speaking children are learning it in English and the English speaking students are learning it in Spanish! My DS#1's class had a month where they did the pledge in sign language!
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Wow. That's so strange for someone to feel that way, Audra. I mean, it's not political. It's not religious. It's a language. A beautiful language. And one that is very common in your country.
Well, I guess haters gonna hate. Some people take things too far when they get their priorities clouded.
Although I think that the pledge itself is very odd, I think it's great that they are learning it in a second language. Learning a second language can only help, think of all the new brain cells those kids are using.
I think it's a great idea. In high school I sang the anthem over the PA every morning for 2 years (people must have gotten sick of me) and I alternated between English and French because those are our official languages and it's nice to mix it up a bit.
I see nothing wrong with it and I don't know why anyone would get so upset. Its not like you're changing around the meaning or wording of the Pledge of Allegiance you're just saying it in a different language.