my hat's off to you. As an 8 year old immigrant waif in my first American classroom I hated reciting the Lord's Prayer and Pledging Allegiance...didn't do anything for my understanding of religion or civics. But peer group pressure was too strong....I went along with it.
It is interesting to note than in Minersville School District v. Gobitis the Supreme Court, led by Frankfurter almost unanimously granted schools the ability to expel students who wouldn't recite the pledge of allegiance
with their hand thrust forward in what we now recognize as the Nazi salute.
The lone dissenter was justice Harlan Stone who opined:
The guarantees of civil liberty are but guarantees of freedom of the human mind and spirit and of reasonable freedom and opportunity to express them...The very essence of the liberty which they guarantee is the freedom of the individual from compulsion as to what he shall think and what he shall say...
That is an interesting situation.
When I was in the first grade,
I had a gigantic jurisdictional challenge against compulsory education.
I remember asking of my mother:
"Where in the HELL do thay get the right
to have ME
go over THERE
the interference with my freedom.
I looked upon it as almost a kidnapping,
until my mother convinced me of the value of education.
If a student is expelled
from school, is that the equivalent
of its withdrawing its demand for compulsory education ?
What happens next ?