Sioux Falls schools might expand Pledge of Allegiance
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Students in more Sioux Falls schools could soon be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance each day, though the expansion might not be as broad as desired by an Army veteran pushing for the change.
Students at elementary schools in the district recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. At middle schools and high schools, the pledge or some other patriotic activity takes place only during school-wide assemblies. Veteran James Booman wants the pledge recited daily at all schools.
"I think any kids should be doing that in this country," he told the Argus Leader. "I think it gives them a daily appreciation of what this country is about. There is no reason whatsoever that high school kids can't say the Pledge of Allegiance every day."
The school board is considering requiring the pledge daily at middle schools, but not at high schools. School Board President Doug Morrison said the proposed policy is in line with what the high school principals wanted.
"To just say the Pledge of Allegiance every day at that age, it probably wouldn't have as much meaning maybe as it did at the elementary level," he said. "They (administrators) felt that they wanted to keep those patriotic recognitions specific to assemblies and things that they have like that, so that they could lift it up a bit more than what it might be in just the classroom."