It’s not like any so-called public officials keep it, anyway. Why would they? It’s not like they have much to go on these days.
As has been said, vociferouly, they aren’t pledging themselves to public office upon graduation, so it isn’t the school to insist they do. Pledge themselves, I mean.
But what’s so sad is that I learned the pledge of allegience priot to kindergarden, was proud to place my hand over my heart, was proud as can BE that my grandkids do so in school…
Yes, I learned to recite, and yes, it wasn’t until later that the meaning of the words hit me. But that’s the way good things are taught. Give 'em the words, let 'em figure it out later. ANY thinking child, if you’ve done your job, will.
So maybe what’s trying to be instilled here is, “Did you mean it?”