Here is my Pierre Capital Journal column speaking against mandatory recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in schools. A snippet:
The Sioux Falls school district recently found itself in a bit of a kerfuffle. Until recently, only elementary students were required to say the Pledge of Allegiance each day. The district expanded this to middle school students but excluded high school students. Eventually the school board capitulated to those in favor of mandatory Pledge recitation.
Thus controversy. Did the board originally abandon patriotism in the high schools, or does the decision to make the Pledge mandatory represent an imposition on the rights of high school students?