Points to consider, had this been a real situation:
1. Kids and teens often rebel against things simply because they *can*. They don’t have the logical or sociological grasp on the ramifications to understand WHAT they are rebelling against, or why. I know when I was a kid, most of the time I would rebel against things only because I knew I had facts on my side. I think this is one of the many reasons that the voting age is 18, not 16, or younger.
2. Presenting a form of guilt to a set of teens as to why it’s important to support your country isn’t the answer, although I totally understand the symbolism. In a social commentary like this, you have to summarize it to fit a single pane, so I *get* it.
I just mean: In reality, A good teacher should have examined the situation and come up with a challenge: Have a debate with Kevin vs. Julie – Why should we stand and support the pledge, vs. refusal. Creating a situation to make someone feel bad about their right to use the freedoms at their disposal could be construed in the same way as refusing to participate in the act without information. Who’s choices are better?
3. It should be reiterated that the country was founded on a separation of church and state, yet almost all government and country-based documents and tender is based on the idea that your moral obligations are based on trust in GOD and that in the face of Him you wouldn’t lie… (In some way or another) . Perhaps that has some factor in the choice to refuse ‘pledges’ such as these.
4. Finally, refusal to recite a pledge in a classroom environment isn’t some major indication that a kid hates his country, or doesn’t believe in the fundamentals that it was founded on, or isn’t respectful of those who have worked and fought and died for it. It’s not a binding contract, it’s not a requirement of citizenship… Hell, most kids recite it phonetically or methodically, without actually even knowing what the words represent! I can tell you this, it wasn’t until 4th grade, I think, that I was even taught why the pledge was developed and used in classrooms. Prior to that, it was more a situation of, “Billie, this is what we do, stand up and repeat it.”
OK, I know this a bit much for a simple photo posting, but I find it mildly thought provoking to send out a message like this, but then not take some time to understand why it was conveyed. The artist obviously wanted to convey a message, that would incite thought and conversation. So, here it is 🙂