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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby Juan_Bottom on Wed May 08, 2013 9:20 pm



Porky Pig recites the Pledge during WWII.
Congress added the "missing part" later.

Hows that for trivia?
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby Woodruff on Wed May 08, 2013 9:25 pm

Juan_Bottom wrote:So she tells Aaron and I that if we wont say the pledge, she wants a full report on why we refuse to say it.


I actually love this! I do! Rather than force you to do it, she made it educational (both for you and, possibly, for her). I really do.

Juan_Bottom wrote:And homework makes me angry.


Well yeah...as a kid, I would've hated it too. <grin>

Juan_Bottom wrote:So I tell her that she should make the rest of the class write a report on why they choose to say it as well.


If she was thinking clearly, she'd have gone right along with that. Might've gotten you beaten up if there were a bully who didn't like homework in the class, but much like yourself, it might've been educational for those other students. Plus, it sort of turns the tables on you a little bit...it shows you that she does actually listen to her students and she does actually consider the things you say. Mad as you'd have been about the homework (and possible beating), don't you think you'd have had a tad bit more of respect for her if she had followed in like that? She missed a golden opportunity there, in my opinion.
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby Woodruff on Wed May 08, 2013 9:27 pm

thegreekdog wrote: And I'm pretty sure US public school students are no longer required to recite the pledge of allegience (honestly, the phrase "pledge of allegiance" rubs me the wrong way more than requiring kids to say it).


They're required in Nebraska, as of this year.
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby thegreekdog on Wed May 08, 2013 9:29 pm

Woodruff wrote:
thegreekdog wrote: And I'm pretty sure US public school students are no longer required to recite the pledge of allegience (honestly, the phrase "pledge of allegiance" rubs me the wrong way more than requiring kids to say it).


They're required in Nebraska, as of this year.


Really? I may hva eot care more about this.
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby tzor on Wed May 08, 2013 10:29 pm

Woodruff wrote:I don't know how you could possibly consider it NOT indoctrination. The ENTIRE POINT of the recitation is indoctrination...what other reason is there? Perhaps you can point it out for me, if it's not indoctrination?


I would call it an exercise in patriotic fervor. Let's look at it in historical context.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy (1855–1931), who was a Baptist minister, a Christian socialist, and the cousin of socialist utopian novelist Edward Bellamy (1850–1898). The original "Pledge of Allegiance" was published in the September 8 issue of the popular children's magazine The Youth's Companion as part of the National Public-School Celebration of Columbus Day, a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. The event was conceived and promoted by James B. Upham, a marketer for the magazine, as a campaign to instill the idea of American nationalism by selling flags to public schools and magazines to students. According to author Margarette S. Miller this was in line with Upham's vision which he "would often say to his wife: 'Mary, if I can instill into the minds of our American youth a love for their country and the principles on which it was founded, and create in them an ambition to carry on with the ideals which the early founders wrote into the Constitution, I shall not have lived in vain.'"


While I am not going to pull a Mike Church on you, the only item of indoctrination was so effectively incorporated into the American spirit after the end of the Civil War (that is the notion that the "United States" is a singular noun and not a plural one ... "One Nation") that there is no real need to "indoctrinate" the children in the notion. (As a side note the early founders would have screamed at the thoughts in the pledge.)

So that leaves us with the pure capitalistic motive; the pledge is an excuse to sell flags. You can't pledge without a flag in every classroom.

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tzor wrote:True indoctrination comes with a sugar coated package. You should check out the real indoctrination that goes on in schools these days.


Such as?


Global warming claptrap (and I'm not talking about real science but "feel good" Sesame Street level total fluff stuff) that tries to put a political message inside a nice wrapping of a song or a slogan or an image.

Global Warming Activities for Kindergarten

Mother Earth: Hi guys! It’s me, Mother Earth. I bet you never thought I would come and chat with you today. You know, the big old world you are sitting on. Reach down and touch it - it’s me! You can jump on me, you can dance on me, you can somersault on me, you can dive into my waters, roll around on my grass, dig in my sand, and wiggle your toes in my squishy mud [building pictures in their minds]. I am the whole world: I am the oceans [point to the blue water masses on the mask], I am the land [point to the green land mass on the mask], I am the forests, I am the mountains. I hold all of the animals in the world in my arms, all the fish in the sea, all the butterflies in the air, and all the people on the earth. I am your planet, I belong to you and you belong to me and together we live a happy life.


Uh, I think I'll stop at this point; I just freaked myself out. I'm glad there is a whole continent between California and me. No seriously; that freaks me out. Then again, I was reading with the first graders in Kindergarten.

Mother Earth: Now, I need you to go out into the world and teach all the little children and their families, too. You get to make a puppet that looks just like me and then tell my story to all your friends. You can pretend to be me!


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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby BigBallinStalin on Wed May 08, 2013 10:29 pm

Woodruff wrote:
PLAYER57832 wrote:However, there is something about saying the pledge and listening to the national anthem that just.. matter.


Why do they matter, if those saying them don't even understand what they're saying? Please explain how that could POSSIBLY matter.


It's difficult to say, and I want to agree with you that kids don't really understand it, but those years of reciting that "mantra" may plant some kind of seed from which grows that tenuous feeling of belonging to something greater than oneself--that sense of belonging to a Nation-State. An appeal to one's individual sovereignty or rights--at the expense of the State and its perceived "national interests"--may become neglected because one belongs to the Nation ("of course"). One is an American and should abide by that foresworn allegiance or feeling of belonging.

Now, that could all be spurious, but the Pledge of Allegiance may instill that sense of belonging which later grows in some people's minds.

But if this is true, then this isn't good for it imbues in one that unquestioning feeling of Nationalism. It's that feeling expressed from people's mouths and minds when they call for a war against Afghanistan, Iraq, or for a War on Drugs, Crime, or Terrorism. It's difficult to clarify, but it seems tied to people's compliance to be taxed to provide Whatever because it's for the People, for the Nation. The individual's identity becomes one with the Nation.

It's just weird stuff, and the Dude does not abide.
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby Haggis_McMutton on Thu May 09, 2013 3:45 am

BigBallinStalin wrote:It's difficult to say, and I want to agree with you that kids don't really understand it, but those years of reciting that "mantra" may plant some kind of seed from which grows that tenuous feeling of belonging to something greater than oneself--that sense of belonging to a Nation-State. An appeal to one's individual sovereignty or rights--at the expense of the State and its perceived "national interests"--may become neglected because one belongs to the Nation ("of course"). One is an American and should abide by that foresworn allegiance or feeling of belonging.

Now, that could all be spurious, but the Pledge of Allegiance may instill that sense of belonging which later grows in some people's minds.

But if this is true, then this isn't good for it imbues in one that unquestioning feeling of Nationalism. It's that feeling expressed from people's mouths and minds when they call for a war against Afghanistan, Iraq, or for a War on Drugs, Crime, or Terrorism. It's difficult to clarify, but it seems tied to people's compliance to be taxed to provide Whatever because it's for the People, for the Nation. The individual's identity becomes one with the Nation.

It's just weird stuff, and the Dude does not abide.


Yes, that's exactly it.
And in a roundabout way, Player and tzor's defending of the pledge seem to not only acknowledge, but embrace that fact. As if it's a good thing for a person to identify a higher purpose for himself as being not an ideal, but rather the country he happened to be born with.

tzor wrote:I would call it an exercise in patriotic fervor.

...

Mary, if I can instill into the minds of our American youth a love for their country and the principles on which it was founded, and create in them an ambition to carry on with the ideals which the early founders wrote into the Constitution, I shall not have lived in vain.


So, this is the proof that it's not indoctrination?

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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby Gillipig on Thu May 09, 2013 5:19 am

Woodruff wrote:
Gillipig wrote:
Bones2484 wrote:
Gillipig wrote:Better than most of the shit we're being indoctrinated with everyday.


Such as?


You really can't think of any!? Wow, I don't think I want to waste any time discussing it with you if you need to ask me that. Watch the news, that should give you a taste of indoctrination.


It appears to me that you're the one who couldn't think of any...

Then you should fine tune your senses. I often walk away from discussions I know I can win. If I feel like I'm talking to a brick then I just go "f*ck it, this is a waste of time" and do something else.
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby Woodruff on Thu May 09, 2013 5:59 am

tzor wrote:
Woodruff wrote:I don't know how you could possibly consider it NOT indoctrination. The ENTIRE POINT of the recitation is indoctrination...what other reason is there? Perhaps you can point it out for me, if it's not indoctrination?


I would call it an exercise in patriotic fervor.


That's not indoctrination? That seems like a very basic form of it to me.

tzor wrote:While I am not going to pull a Mike Church on you, the only item of indoctrination was so effectively incorporated into the American spirit after the end of the Civil War (that is the notion that the "United States" is a singular noun and not a plural one ... "One Nation") that there is no real need to "indoctrinate" the children in the notion. (As a side note the early founders would have screamed at the thoughts in the pledge.)


To indoctrinate simply means to teach someone to accept a set of beliefs uncritically. And I disagree that is the only aspect that is indoctrination. The idea that this country is about "freedom and justice for all" simply is not true when looked at from a critical perspective.

tzor wrote:So that leaves us with the pure capitalistic motive; the pledge is an excuse to sell flags. You can't pledge without a flag in every classroom.


There probably is some of that. But I don't believe it's the primary motive.

tzor wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
tzor wrote:True indoctrination comes with a sugar coated package. You should check out the real indoctrination that goes on in schools these days.


Such as?


Global warming claptrap (and I'm not talking about real science but "feel good" Sesame Street level total fluff stuff) that tries to put a political message inside a nice wrapping of a song or a slogan or an image.


I have never seen global warming presented uncritically IN A SCHOOL CLASSROOM. I don't really believe it happens, to be honest with you. I've seen it presented uncritically in the news media, and at times on the internet...but not in a classroom. The only time I've seen it presented at all in a classroom was a science classroom when they were studying the effects of weather, and frankly it was very well done. I think this one is a red herring, "school wise".

tzor wrote:Global Warming Activities for Kindergarten

Mother Earth: Hi guys! It’s me, Mother Earth. I bet you never thought I would come and chat with you today. You know, the big old world you are sitting on. Reach down and touch it - it’s me! You can jump on me, you can dance on me, you can somersault on me, you can dive into my waters, roll around on my grass, dig in my sand, and wiggle your toes in my squishy mud [building pictures in their minds]. I am the whole world: I am the oceans [point to the blue water masses on the mask], I am the land [point to the green land mass on the mask], I am the forests, I am the mountains. I hold all of the animals in the world in my arms, all the fish in the sea, all the butterflies in the air, and all the people on the earth. I am your planet, I belong to you and you belong to me and together we live a happy life.


So you don't believe that our kids should, at a very young age, consider the Earth to be a living eco-system? I'm a little confused here. I didn't watch the video, so if there's more than what you presented in the quotes, I'm interested.
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby Woodruff on Thu May 09, 2013 6:01 am

Gillipig wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Gillipig wrote:
Bones2484 wrote:
Gillipig wrote:Better than most of the shit we're being indoctrinated with everyday.


Such as?


You really can't think of any!? Wow, I don't think I want to waste any time discussing it with you if you need to ask me that. Watch the news, that should give you a taste of indoctrination.


It appears to me that you're the one who couldn't think of any...


Then you should fine tune your senses. I often walk away from discussions I know I can win. If I feel like I'm talking to a brick then I just go "f*ck it, this is a waste of time" and do something else.


Sometimes, the reality and the appearance are the same.
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby thegreekdog on Thu May 09, 2013 7:17 am

Haggis_McMutton wrote:Yes, that's exactly it.
And in a roundabout way, Player and tzor's defending of the pledge seem to not only acknowledge, but embrace that fact. As if it's a good thing for a person to identify a higher purpose for himself as being not an ideal, but rather the country he happened to be born with.


I don't necessarily disagree with you, I simply think that identifying with a higher purpose vis-a-vis "loyalty" to the United States, would give the person some sort of benefit (apart from the psychological). Were it not for loyal Americans, perhaps I would not be in the place (economically, socially) that I'm in right now. I have no problem identifying with the United States or being patriotic so long as it is done with some knowledge.

Other than the annoyance of having to recite the pledge of allegiance or sing the national anthem, why is it a bad thing? What bad things does reciting the pledge or singing the anthem cause?
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby Bones2484 on Thu May 09, 2013 9:51 am

Gillipig wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Gillipig wrote:
Bones2484 wrote:
Gillipig wrote:Better than most of the shit we're being indoctrinated with everyday.


Such as?


You really can't think of any!? Wow, I don't think I want to waste any time discussing it with you if you need to ask me that. Watch the news, that should give you a taste of indoctrination.


It appears to me that you're the one who couldn't think of any...

Then you should fine tune your senses. I often walk away from discussions I know I can win. If I feel like I'm talking to a brick then I just go "f*ck it, this is a waste of time" and do something else.


It's really cute when people get so angry when someone only asks a simple question asking for their opinion (without any judgement or commentary attached). Especially when after they throw their little three-year-old tantrum they give an answer that isn't even a good one. I'd highly encourage Gillipig to go "do something else" more regularly.
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby Woodruff on Thu May 09, 2013 12:11 pm

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Haggis_McMutton wrote:Yes, that's exactly it.
And in a roundabout way, Player and tzor's defending of the pledge seem to not only acknowledge, but embrace that fact. As if it's a good thing for a person to identify a higher purpose for himself as being not an ideal, but rather the country he happened to be born with.


I don't necessarily disagree with you, I simply think that identifying with a higher purpose vis-a-vis "loyalty" to the United States, would give the person some sort of benefit (apart from the psychological). Were it not for loyal Americans, perhaps I would not be in the place (economically, socially) that I'm in right now. I have no problem identifying with the United States or being patriotic so long as it is done with some knowledge.


I agree. I consider myself to be a very patriotic individual. Of course, some people here would probably not consider me patriotic at all, based on their perception of my positions. Patriotism isn't necessarily a bad thing (although it certainly can become one), but it must be meted with knowledge/understanding.

thegreekdog wrote:Other than the annoyance of having to recite the pledge of allegiance or sing the national anthem, why is it a bad thing? What bad things does reciting the pledge or singing the anthem cause?


My problem with it, as I stated previously, is that it accomplishes NOTHING, yet wastes classroom time.
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby tzor on Thu May 09, 2013 9:47 pm

Woodruff wrote:My problem with it, as I stated previously, is that it accomplishes NOTHING, yet wastes classroom time.


I wouldn't say it accomplishes "nothing." At the very least it is a common distracting activity that focuses the random attention of children before the start of class to a common activity, severing any distractions they had before the start of class and allowing them to refocus on the first class of the day.

And it really accomplishes the same thing with adults who are in organizations that always start their meetings with the pledge.

I have memories of childhood days lining up outside by class and going through the banner/pledge.
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Re: Making young kids recite national anthems in schools.

Postby tzor on Thu May 09, 2013 9:51 pm

Haggis_McMutton wrote:And in a roundabout way, Player and tzor's defending of the pledge seem to not only acknowledge, but embrace that fact. As if it's a good thing for a person to identify a higher purpose for himself as being not an ideal, but rather the country he happened to be born with.


I should point out that the pledge only pledges to the flag and the republic. The rest describe the republic, with a little rubbing salt into the Southern states who attempted to secede.
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