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Tuesday October 18, 2011

Student and Parent Upset Over Spanish Teacher’s Assignment to Recite Mexico Pledge of Allegiance

Student and Parent Upset Over Spanish Teacher’s Assignment to Recite Mexico Pledge of Allegiance

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A Spanish teacher’s assignment at a Texas high school angered a student and her father enough that they went to the school principal to complain.

The story of 15-year-old Brenda Brinsdon’s refusal to stand during or participate in her Spanish class’ recital of the Mexican pledge of allegiance or the country’s national anthem has gone viral.

Last month, Brinsdon’s class was told to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class, but she refused, and decided to take a video of it, likely on her phone.

When she spoke to Achieve Early College High School’s principal she was told there was nothing wrong with the assignment, as it was part of the curriculum. And when she objected, she was given the alternate assignment of writing an essay about Mexican revolution.

She apparently did her assignment during the week in which the other students recited the anthem and pledge of allegiance.

Mark May, a school district spokesman, told The Blaze the original assignment was not asking the students to actually pledge allegiance to Mexico or “renounce the U.S. The teacher was “simply spreading the culture of another country. In my mind it’s no different from memorizing a poem or memorizing a passage from Shakespeare.”

May added that the assignment was “well received” by other students and parents, but that “there’s always going to be people [who] fell a little bit differently.”


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