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Education Reporter
NUMBER 154 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOVEMBER 1998

Pledging Allegiance to the Planet Part II

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GROVE CITY, PA - While school- children in Oak Park, IL are pledging allegiance to the planet (See Education Reporter, October 1998), at least one elementary school in Grove City, PA, has taken the concept a step farther. Students are reciting a pledge of allegiance to the world, and signing a written pledge as well.

The oral pledge is as follows: "I pledge allegiance to the world, to cherish every living thing; to care for earth and sea and air, with peace and freedom everywhere."

The written pledge is printed on a certificate-like form that has the United Nations logo at the top. It reads: "Recognizing that people's actions towards nature and each other are the source of growing damage to the environment and resources needed to meet human needs and to ensure survival and development, I pledge to the best of my ability to help make the Earth a secure and hospitable home for present and future generations." It is followed by a blank signature line.

According to education researcher and author, Pamela Hobbs-Hoffecker, these types of pledges are an outgrowth of "International" or "Global" education, which is usually included in OBE.

In her 1995 book, Outcome-Based Education, the State's Assault on Our Children's Values, co-written with fellow researcher Peg Luksik, Hoffecker states: "International education classes often speak of 'America/Global Village' in the same breath. They are not synonymous."

OBE outcomes, she writes, typically call for global education to be integrated into the entire learning process of American children. "In other words, all courses teach global citizenship, and parents can't opt their kids out."


 
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