Schools and the Pledge of Allegiance – All of the Above Season 2 Episode 16
In a nation that prides itself on being a beacon of democracy, should the pledge of allegiance still be practiced in our public schools? Jeffrey walks us through the complex history of the pledge as we re-examine this classic schoolhouse tradition. But first, we take a look at recent education headlines about teachers of color getting low evaluation scores, a teacher tweeting for help to deport her students, and a new initiative in California to close the opportunity gap.
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HEADLINES IN EDUCATION - EPISODE 16
Jeff and Manuel examine recent headlines in education. A study out of Michigan State reveals that teachers of color receive lower evaluation scores than their white counterparts, a teacher in Texas is fired for sending tweets to the president asking him for help deporting her “illegal” students, and former AOTA guest Ryan J. Smith is named co-chair of California’s new Closing the Gap initiative.
ASSESSMENT - DOES THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE STILL BELONG IN SCHOOLS?
Practically everyone who grew up attending American schools has memories of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. In today’s Assessment, Jeffrey breaks down the history of the Pledge and questions whether it still belongs in public schools. In a nation that prides itself on being a beacon of democracy, should the pledge of allegiance be practiced in our public schools? Should teachers and school administrators be in the position of encouraging or coercing students to recite a claim of political allegiance and patriotism in America’s classrooms? We discuss.