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  • #5
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    And that's the problem with the left.

    People come here from other countries need to learn English and become American or go back home where they came from
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    No where does it say the kids can't speak English. It is encouraging intellectual interest in languages other then one's own. If there are Arabic kids it probably also serves to make them feel less like outsiders to say the pledge in their native tongue.
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    What about YOU learning Apache, Cherokee, Navajo, Cree, Blackfoot, Sioux, Comanche, Seminole, Seneca, Crow, Chocktaw, Winnebago, Innuit, etc.?
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    Regardless of the language, it is still literally a "pledge of allegiance" and loyalty to the US. I would think that most people would prefer that someone make the pledge in any language... than to intentionally avoid making the pledge at all (which some American born people do out of secular concerns).

    If you don't, I can only assume you are the type of person who never trusts a group of people regardless of what they do.
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    What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bi-lingual.
    What do you call someone who speaks three languages? Tri-lingual.
    What do you call someone who speaks only one language? American.
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    I actually had a job applicant years ago who tried to claim "pig latin" as a second language. Today I might have let her slide.
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    More then a little depressed cities in Michigan have some of the highest concentration of arab residents in the nation. It won't be too long till it comes to a school near him!
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    WOW this is not the United States of Arabia(I know it's not a country) but the real question is are they doing it in english, spanish, and Native American? if so then this is a good idea.. There no such thing as equal rights if things arent equal.
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    Perhaps if you had actually read the article our editors had so carefully put together for your edification, you would know that yes, they did in fact recite it in several other languages...

    do you get all you news from just reading headlines?
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    It just occurred to me that the motto of the United States itself is not in English. "E Pluribus Unum" which means "From many, one." I think having students recite the "Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America" in English, French, Spanish, and now Arabic is an excellent lesson on understanding the idea of "From many, one"
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    When you're in America, speak the language! If you can't, learn it, and then come back and Pledge Allegiance in English....don't want to, fine , go home!
  • #57
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    Most of the immigrants that came here and made our country what it is did not speak english when they got here...

    sad you hate the people who made our nation great so much...
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    @mimi57

    which immigrants are here trying to do that? Do you really understand the topics you post on? it would seem not...
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    We speak English here. There is no need to translate the Pledge and have the kids recite it in any other language. All this 'awareness' stuff is useless. It doesn't teach 'diversity' any more than a pink ribbon raises 'awareness' about breast cancer. Everybody knows we are all different. Emphasing our differences has gotten us nowhere. Everybody over the age of ten is 'aware' of breast cancer. This symbolism over substance serves just one purpose, it allows liberals to feel superior. That's solved lots of problems, hasn't it?
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    @thatgirl That isn't the purpose. Do you really think reciting the pledge in Arabic just once teaches, Arabic to the entire school? The purpose of these 'diversity' exercises is nothing more than puffing up the staffer's egos over their 'diversity'. Heck, puffing up self esteem (as opposed to genuine self respect, which requires accomplishment) has always been the driving force behind the diversity movement.
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    Let's see -- Lopez has the Pledge recited in Spanish, French and Arabic. There's no outrage about the Spanish ( a foreign language), nor the French (a foreign language); just the Arabic (a foreign language)!
    Folks should get their heads out of the sand and realize America is part of the surrounding world. And that currently, our education rates in the bottom heap of the world's educational system.
    Lopez is trying to do something about that and ignorant souls are criticizing him for it? They should be applauding !!!
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    welcome to America we speak English as a national language we recite all things Patriotic in English what is next we take the oath of Military service in Farsi (middle eastern language for those of you who are not sure)...If I am in Mexico I will attempt to speak Spanish if in France I will attempt to speak French... when I am in America I am not required to have to understand someone who does not speak English... kinda use to be a requirement before you became a citizen.. what happened..
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    This really seems to be a program that allows children a glimpse at other languages (the French aren't exactly immigrating here en masse as far as I know).
    To become a citizen you actually do have to prove English literacy. Most children of immigrants are very comfortable speaking English.
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    @Cheenoguy the shrill ones seem to be having a hard time understanding that being monolingual is a disadvantage. Go figure.
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    I actually do believe that everyone coming to America should learn to speak English. That being said, I think this exercise was to show students that while we all come from different lands and cultures, we are all bound together by our loyalty to our flag and country.

    The motto of the United States of America is not in English either... "E Pluribus Unum" which means "From many, one."
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    Ok there you have it. You let one in you have to let them all in. Constitution says so. Next up the Scientologists will be showing a model version of the spacecraft that is taking them all to heaven and the rest of you ain't going. But not to despair Wiccans R Us will be holding a slide show of spells for fun and profit.
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    What does this have to do with religion? Did I miss something in the story? This is a language thing as far as I can tell. I hope we start to see Arabic and Chinese classes replacing French and German in schools as are children will benefit from that more.
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    We actually should have more students studying Arabic so we can understand what the enemy is saying! Si vis pacem para bellum!
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    @danimar @cheenoguy. I would agree with you both except for one thing. We're not graduating kids that can read and write to grade level. We're graduation a nation of idiots every year. They are immersed in "diversity" and ":social issues" that most the world either has long adopted or totally reject. And we're lagging far behind all other industrialized nations.
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    @jessejaymes
    The pledge being recited in different languages isn't the problem.
    Providing better choices for the language arts would be a great improvement to our schools.
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    @Cheenoguy The pledge in of it's self is propaganda and should be banished entirely. But it won't be. I don't disagree with language arts. I took 4 years of French in HS and college. I learned Spanish on my own. I am not against multi lingual. But this is not language. This is more indoctrination in "social issues". My god when are schools going to stop being social issue factories and get back to TEACHING KIDS HOW TO EARN A LIVING?
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    In light of yesterday's quote from President Hussein Obama...."If you're not saying the pledge in a Native American language, it's the pledge from somewhere else"
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    @Knightmare

    i don't think you are properly using quotation marks in that post. perhaps you can make a factual post?
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    @woodtick57 Take that as me playing around on this....seriously....if they're doing it for education purposes....fine....but in light of the immigration quote from President Hussein Obama yesterday....I just wanted to inject some "creative license" humor....
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    Who cares, why do they even bother with it at all. School should be for learning facts and skills not dictating and forcing ideology on anyone. Freedom is lacking when we are forced to pledge to anything. Being a patriot is more than making a pledge and being covered in flags, it is knowing and participating in freedom and democracy.
  • #173
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    This country is heading for civil war. The states will be divided as people flee the over taxed liberal states that tolerate the degeneation of America. The south will rise again
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    What is a foreign language? Do you actually mean to ask if it is OK to say it in any non-English language?
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