I Pledge a Fallegiance: And other Common Nonsense in Today’s Public Schools is the first book to analyze the public schools from the inside out without focusing on cute anecdotes or heartwarming stories. Rather it is a book that explains what really goes on in a public school in simple, straight forward language and in the vernacular common to the students of today. The title is in reference to the Pledge of Allegiance as I often heard it recited in high school homerooms by students who had grown accustomed to the rote reciting of a series of words that they no longer listened to. Much of what goes on in today’s schools parallels this same learning pattern: rote memorization, standardized testing and oppressive bureaucratic oversight that pays little attention to our changing culture, technology and children of the 21st century.

I pledge!

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    Really like the flag! Triplets? I found out this fall — actually I knew it — that the words “under God” were not added to the pledge of allegiance until 1954, I believe. I fell under the spell of a Warner Brother’s cartoon of Porky the Pig struggling to memorize the pledge, falling asleep, and receiving a primer from Uncle Sam. That really made an impact on me at the time. As did Boy Scouts, and a host of other wholesome and uplifting influences from my era.

    Alas, that era seems gone. But I have hope.. And I’ll be damned if I don’t leave something behind in the way of writing and my opinion — North Korea be damned — as a legacy for my children and grandchildren. My dad’s generation did what they could and what they would (What Would You Do — on my website), and I have nothing but fond regard for them.

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