At the beginning of the school year in Southern California, students
start a daily routine that will be with them through May or June. For
many, the school day will begin by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance—a
tradition that goes back generations. But that isn't true for all SoCal
Some teachers and schools choose another patriotic exercise to be more inclusive to their students, whose religions might prohibit them from reciting the pledge or who don't believe in a god at all and feel the inclusion of "Under God," added to the Pledge in 1954, excludes them.
The issue of requiring the recitation of the Pledge has surfaced nationally in recent times. Earlier this year, a state lawmaker in Arizona introduced a bill to require students to recite the pledge. Other states including Oregon and Nebraska have had discussions on whether to require the pledge in schools.