I have gotten some requests to blog in English. So, maybe, if I get some feed back I will do just that. I will do it once a week, the rest of the week it will be in Swedish, as usual.
What I have on my mind this week is a little story about the "Pledge of Allegiance".
Karolina and I were watching an episode of "Full House" recently. My daughter loves that show, and as often as I feel like it (only every once in a while can I tolerate that fluffy-cute stuff) I watch it with her. Anyway, the other night we were watching an episode in which Stephanie and DJ were about to start school after their summer vacation. DJ told her little sister about the "pledge of allegiance", and she stood up and put her right hand over her heart. Then she rambled off "the pledge" just like a robot. I was laughing and asked Karolina if that was the way it worked in her school as well? No, my daughter said, we don't do "the pledge" because Mr. P doesn't believe that we have to perform that every day .
I almost fell off the bed. What!!!??? You don't do the pledge???
No, she said, Mr. P says he doesn't believe in doing such things, so when they announce "the pledge" on the TV ( school network)we just do other things.
I asked Karolina what she thought about that? She told me that the whole class thought it was "great" not having to do "the pledge".
I say: MORE POWER TO HIM!!!!!!
I wish there were more teachers like Mr. P out there. Teachers that would stand up for what they believe in, teachers that are strong enough to say NO to the forced "pledge".
I am so proud that my daughter has a teacher like Mr. P! Mr. P had also told my daughter's class that he did not do "the pledge" even once with his previous class.
I cannot help but wonder how much Mr. P must have fought for this, fought for his right to say no to something as big as "The Pledge of Allegiance", but you can bet on that it must have been hard for him to fight for something like this.
I think the U.S is the only country in the western world that are forcing their students to ramble of a saying like "The pledge of allegiance" every morning. I have never, ever been a supporter of that kind of force-feed, and therefor I am so happy that Karolina has such a strong and independent teacher this year.
All right, this is my first entry for my English speaking friends. Please do comment, if you'd like to, that is! I will listen! Keep on checking back next Tuesday again. My blog is about everything: fashion, glamour, every-day life, friends and family, popular-culture AND things that annoy me, OR things that I like. I also post photos on it every now and then. I hope you will follow me along! Once a week!