Why Send Kids to a School That Resists Patriotism?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, October 18, 2001

Why Send Kids to a School That Resists Patriotism?

Common sense has prevailed in Madison, Wis., but not without a fight. The Madison School Board has voted to reverse an earlier decision to ban the Pledge of Allegiance from being said in its public schools and a musical version only - no words --of The Star Spangled Banner.

After a major protest, the board voted 6-1 to allow the pledge and the singing of the national anthem.

This just proves that even in the midst of a threat to our country - liberalism lives. The board originally said that mentioning God in the pledge violates church-state separation and that the national anthem is too militaristic.

Parents stormed the school board and the policy was reversed. But you can bet that the board members who voted the original policy and the one who upheld it have not changed their minds. My question is, why do so many people in Madison and elsewhere continue to send their children to schools like this?

No pledge of allegiance? No Star Spangled Banner? Thank goodness they reversed themselves, because we've got enough hatred coming from the Taliban. Do we really need this in our own country?