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Marlboro District Changes Asher Elementary Pledge to School Song

After concerns from parents in the district, Asher Holmes Elementary students will no longer pledge to the school every Monday morning.

After concerns expressed by a parent at a recent Board of Education meeting, Marlboro's will no longer pledge to the school on Monday mornings.

The pledge, created ten years ago by a fourth-grade teacher, was in addition to the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.

I pledge allegiance to Asher Holmes and the Marlboro Township School District and to the teachers who help us learn, all that we need to know for the future. We promise to respect ourselves and others, to try our best and always be proud of our schools.

The pledge will now be turned into a school song, according to a district news release.

"In light of concerns expressed by a parent at the Marlboro Board of Education workshop meeting on June 12, 2012, a school pledge recited weekly for the past ten years by Asher Holmes Elementary School students is being re-written as a school song," the release said.

Marlboro mom Valerie Kaufman complained to the Board of Education about the pledge at a June 16 meeting, saying she didn't feel it was appropriate for kids to face the American flag with their hands over their hearts, and pledge to the school.

"I don't know about you guys, but I've never heard of a pledge of allegiance to the school, the school district and to the teachers. I don't think it's constitutional, I don't think they should be doing it," she said. "I think we should do away with it."

Superintendent Dr. David Abbott said at the meeting that he saw nothing wrong with the pledge, and it was a way of showing school spirit and it had been done for ten years.

Board member BonnieSue Rosenwald suggested the board take the pledge to its attorney for a decision. 

Patch reported the story on Tuesday morning, attaching a poll asking Marlboro residents if any school should have its own pledge.

As of Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., 168 people voted in the poll, and 101 people said they do not believe a school should have its own pledge. 16 people voted that the pledge was okay for any school, and 51 people said it was fine, as long as it did not replace The Pledge of Allegiance.

On Wednesday afternoon, the district issued a news release stating that over the summer, the pledge would be turned into a school song for the 2012-13 school year.

Patch polls are not scientific and should not be considered fact. The original poll is attached to this article, feel free to continue voting and continue the dialogue on Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch.

I care about education June 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Why is the BOD so stuck on this. Get rid of it, forget about it and get over it. It was a bad mistake and now it is being memorialized in a song? Who is the teacher who came up with this idea? - If they want to create school spirit there are much better ways to do it.
Daniel Pose June 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Pledge of Allegiance to teachers is BAD, but Pledge of Allegiance to flag is GOOD? The news has a bizarre article about a school with a pledge of allegiance to teachers, and the article does not have a peep of criticism re the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Everyone should remain seated during the Pledge of Allegiance because the Pledge was the origin of the Nazi salute and Nazi behavior (see the work of the historian Dr. Rex Curry). It is so funny that most journalists in the USA do not have the guts to mention the putrid history of the Pledge. Most domestic news outlets will never post an historic photograph or video of the early Pledge's stiff-armed salute. The pledge is brainwashing. The pledge was written by an American National Socialist in 1892 and used for three decades before it was picked up by German National Socialists and others. US citizens were beaten, expelled, jailed, imprisoned, even lynched for refusing to do the Nazi salute and chant robotically. The daily robotic chanting might be a great idea in that it provides students with a daily opportunity to sit out the pledge and show contempt for the USA's police state. Students can remind the adults that other Americans have given their lives and freedom and made sacrifices so that others can refuse the daily robotic brainwashing in government schools (socialist schools). Remove the pledge from the flag. Remove the flag from schools. Remove schools from government.
I care about education June 21, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Daniel, If you can find a better country to live in, then move there. You don't seem to be happy here. The pledge is patriotic and is a reminder to us all of the sacrifices made for our freedom and justice. We may not be perfect, but I am proud to stand for the pledge in school at sports events, etc. Let's focus on the school and their odd sense of spirit. Someone needs to have a reality check of making the pledge a song. If not, maybe it is time for a new school administration and Board of Education.
DAEBJ June 21, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I second what "i care about education" said!
Lynn B July 30, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Really Daniele. It's people like you that have ruined everything. Maybe you should get over it! I am proud to recite the pledge, if you don't like it, then sit the f@@@ down! It's people like YOU that complain that have already taken so much out of the school that we had has children, that my kids will never have. Why don't you go back to your country, I'm sure they are missing the town idiot, you can fill in,

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