Standing for the Pledge?
At 8:42 am on a cloudy Monday in February, I stood in the 3rd grade classroom while the class turned to face the American flag on the classroom wall. As 2nd grade recited the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker to the whole school, the 3rd graders had a variety of reactions. Many put their hands over their hearts and immediately began to recite, some cheerily, some dispassionately. Others, their eyes flitting to their peers, or to me in the corner with my camera, joined in later, more softly, their hands reaching their chests more tentatively than the first group. By the end of the Pledge, all had joined in.