Viewers Give Opinions on Recital of Mexican Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish Class


POSTED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 8:10am

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:03pm

McALLEN - People across the Valley are still buzzing over the assignment given to McAllen Spanish language class and asking them to recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance.

We went back to our Facebook viewers again to see if they felt the teacher should be reprimanded for assigning a task like this. David Allen stated, "Yes, she should be reprimanded! Why should any American be forced to pledge allegiance to Mexico? That's the dumbest thing I've heard in a long time. If it was a Spanish lesson, they could have translated our pledge of allegiance to Spanish and then recited it."

Christina Akanke feels differently saying, "No. I don't think she should be reprimanded. I think its wonderful that she is doing her job well as a Spanish language teacher and is challenging her students with material with ties to Mexican history."

In response, the McAllen school district said, "This was a single lesson, not an indoctrination. This was a one time lesson, students do not recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance every morning. They do however have the option of reciting the pledge of allegiance of the United States of America."

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The key was "OPTION" to recite the pledge to US flag. They were REQUIRED to recite the Mexican pledge. Hey, if this is a Spanish class, why wasn't the national anthem of SPAIN played and sung? Why a tip-of-the-hat to Mexico?? Granted, they're our neighbor and we play the Canadian anthem at hockey games featuring their teams; we don't REQUIRE anyone to sing it. (Disclaimer: I did learn the French national anthem for French class in HS, as an elective. "La Marseillaise" has a catchy tune!]

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