That's not at all what I am saying. When it comes to something that they would have a moral or religious objection to, they do have the 1st amendment right to object. Most of the reading is directly from the text or primary sources. The nature of US history is going to draw the above-mentioned objections. If we're reading about Lewis and Clark, no they can't take a pass; sometimes I just have them repeat after me. I wouldn't have them stand and sing the anthem and I don't press the issue of the pledge. I can't justify giving a student an alternate assignment on something like refusing to say the pledge. Nor could I justify giving an alternate assignment because they tried to get out of reading about Lewis and Clark out loud. Reading out loud is never a grade in the grade book, so why would I require a student to do an assignment for a grade?
Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal
In 6th and 7th grade we study about the different religions. If the textbook has passages from the Bible, Koran, or Torah, such as the 10 Commandments, I would head it off at the pass and read it to them instead of having them read it.
I agree she had the right to object and not say the pledge. I disagree that being given an alternate assignment was so problematic. I don't know how to say that any more clearly.
All curriculum is going to be different, but in my girls curriculum they are graded on their ability to read out loud. There are a certain number of words to read across the row and you are graded based on how many you get correct.
Originally Posted by ethanwinfield