My experience in helping students who have been mistreated for exercising their constitutional right to opt out of the Pledge of Allegiance has opened my eyes to what the daily exercise is doing to our national psyche. Far from instilling a healthy and benign patriotism, it instead nurtures a dangerous nationalism and militarism. I write about this phenomenon in my latest Salon piece, which can be found at this link.
Reading, writing, arithmetic . . . and American Exceptionalism?
We might expect nationalistic, chauvinistic pandering from politicians, but it’s especially troubling when we hear it from public school administrators who seem to sincerely believe that we need to indoctrinate students with the idea of American national superiority. Read about the Florida school superintendent who “loathes” having to inform children that the Pledge of Allegiance is optional. My latest Psychology Today article, here.
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David Niose is author of the bestselling books Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason and Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of...