Wake County Schools

Pledge stays the same, valedictorians could go at Wake County schools

Posted April 26, 2016

— Saying the Pledge of Allegiance is part of the daily routine for Wake County students, and plans to adjust the teaching guidelines related to the pledge are being nixed after public backlash.

One proposed change to the pledge included an opportunity to teach students about the history concerning coercion and the importance of the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights.

District leaders said the phrase was borrowed from a similar policy at the North Carolina School Board Association. Students could chose not to participate in the pledge under the proposed policy.

That language will now be removed from the proposal after some people voiced concern.

In another policy, the days of valedictorians and salutatorians might be over in Wake County Schools.

The problem, especially in large schools, is that very small percentages can separate students at the top of the class. To avoid listing multiple valedictorians, the district may start using the Latin system. Top students would graduate summa cum laude or magna cum laude.

The switch would allow the school system to recognize multiple top students in a school.

The proposals must go to the full school board for consideration and approval.

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  • Matt Nickeson Apr 27, 2016
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    I think it is a good decision to recognize students through an honors system instead of as valedictorian/salutatorian. I am certainly no "every kid gets a trophy" kind of person but acknowledging only the topone1 or two out of an entire school, especially the larger schools, is somewhat ridiculous. It has been a staple at colleges and universities so I see no reason why it should be appropriate at this level as well.