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  •  In Maryland, where I went to elementary (2+ / 0-)
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    Freakinout daily, m00finsan

    and junior high, we had Maryland state history in seventh grade.

    I also graduated from high school in Texas. We never once said the Texas state pledge, and neither did either of my kids who went to Texas public schools for 12 years each in cities all across the state.

    I'm not sure where and when you went, but I don't think they do that everywhere if they ever did.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 07:06:57 PM PDT

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    •  Nice to know Texas isn't the only state (1+ / 0-)
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      that teaches a full year of state history (7th grade here too).  The State Pledge became mandatory in TX public schools in 03; the "lege" added the words "one state under God" in 07.  

      "If you talk about helping the poor, they call you a Christian. If you actually do something to help the poor, they call you a socialist." Pastor Jim Rigby

      by karmacat on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 07:47:36 PM PDT

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    •  The Texas Pledge (1+ / 0-)
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      is alive and well in TX schools right now.  Along with some strange hand gestures.

      How does one go from "One nation under God" in the US pledge to "Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible." Which is it, state or federal allegiance?

      This and the Board of Elections,
      And people wonder why a progressive in TX would homeschool....

      I'm a Kennedy Catholic.

      by EquiStar on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 07:54:24 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, but did you spend an ENTIRE YEAR (0+ / 0-)

      on Maryland state history?  As karmacat said, 7th grade here in Texas requires the entire year's social studies class to focus on Texas history.  My kids know way more about cattle branding than they really need to...I'd rather they spent one grading period, or even a semester if absolutely necessary, studying Texas, and use the rest of the year to do civics!

    •  Never heard of the state pledge until (0+ / 0-)

      I went to an event at my daughter's school.  I went k-12 + 4 years at UT Austin w/out ever hearing or hearing of a state pledge.

      "The Universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it." Marcus Aurelius

      by Mosquito Pilot on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 04:17:56 AM PDT

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