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N.Y. School to Maintain ‘Partial’ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Policy –

November 10, 2010

N.Y. School to Maintain ‘Partial’ Pledge of Allegiance Policy

By Joshua Rhett Miller

Published November 10, 2010 |

The superintendent of North Collins Central School District told that North Collins Elementary School will continue announcing the first six words of the pledge — “I pledge allegiance to the flag” — and then let students continue at their own pace. (North Collins Elementary School)

Despite pleas that the Pledge of Allegiance should be recited in unison over the public address system, students at an upstate New York elementary school will continue to hear only a six-word prompt before they continue the recitation in their classrooms.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag” will be heard over the intercom at North Collins Elementary School, but then the sound system will shut off and the students will finish the pledge in class at their own pace, Ben Halsey, superintendent of North Collins Central School District, told on Wednesday.

“It has been the philosophy of the building that the pledge does indeed get recited every day, but it gets recited by teachers and students individually, so the pace is appropriate for their level,” Halsey said. “The public address system simply serves as a prompt to start the pledge.”

He said the practice enables students to recite the pledge at their own pace, which is typically slower for younger students.

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  1. November 11, 2010 5:47 AM

    It is very hypocritical for the students to be asked to say the character pledge but not the Pledge of Allegiance in unison. All of the excuses that are given, like students saying it at a different pace, are ridiculous because they are able to tolerate students saying the character pledge at a different pace. The reason we say the Pledge of Allegiance together is so that we can all be unified in our commitment to defending the flag and the American way if life. Stop making excuses and start dealing with the real issues here. There are obviously people on the school board who have different views about what patriotism really means.

  2. Larry Wroblewski permalink
    November 11, 2010 6:52 AM

    Unfortunately, sloppy reporting will lead to inaccurate stories. As the local reporter covering this story since it began, it is important to note: 1. The Pledge is recited by every student everyday in the school which is not contested by those who desire it also over the PA. 2. The character pledge is NOT required to be recited or memorized by the student body, only the Pledge is is required to be recited and memorized meeting not only the school’s policy, but New York State Education Law as well. 3. What is omitted in this coverage is that the local VFW and American Legion Posts are on record as supporting the current method used and both groups stage regular patriotic and veterans appreciation activities several times a year at the school.

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