Many homeschooling families begin their days with a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. As I don't see anything beneficial to forcing my kids to swear an oath to a piece of cloth, we don't do it here.
I believe a promise as big as swearing allegiance to something should be made from an autonomous person who has made the choice to do so. Now I cringe with memory of myself and other little robots reciting the Pledge each morning in my public elementary school. What was the purpose?
I'll admit I have much more respect for the Pledge as originally written in 1892, by a Baptist minister no less:
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Though better, it's still an oath, and if my kids are going to recite it, it won't be because I make them. The American and parenting ideals that I value do not include making little kids swear blind oaths to anything. To me, that's the opposite of encouraging freethinking, independent thought.
Anyone else have strong feelings about kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance?