Inconspicuous Rituals and The Conditions of Allegiance
I don’t necessarily have an issue with the inclusion of the Pledge of Allegiance in schools specifically. Although I do have some reservations about conditioning children to any daily ritual, including pledging allegiance to something, before they are of the mind to understand what that entails. The older I get, the more reluctant I am to pledge my allegiance to anything without conditions. Remember kids in North Korea pledge their own allegience as well. Many activities can appear ordinary and innocuous when you’ve been conditioned to do them without ever questioning what it is you’re doing.