Pledging Allegiance: Does It Instill Healthy Values or Toxic Nationalism?

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.

National Superiority on the School Curriculum

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.