At my high school, someone does the Pledge over the loud speaker every morning following the morning announcements. He says, "please stand for the Pledge" and then everyone in the school gets up and faces their classroom flag and says the Pledge along with him. In my class, though, there are a lot of kids who don't say the Pledge, talk right through it, or just kind of stand and stare.
Granted, it is early in the morning, so it's possible everyone is just too tired to remember all the words, but this has been bugging me lately, and I don't know why.
I get that saying the Pledge is a personal choice. One of my best friends declared herself an atheist in 4th grade and hasn't said "under God" since then, which is perfectly acceptable. I know a family from Canada that lives here, and only their kids who were born here say the Pledge. (The rest just stand silently while their classes or Girl Scout troops or whoever say it.)
Obviously no one can force you to say the Pledge. I guess it is your personal choice - but I really doubt that my entire first period class has some strong personal reason for not saying the Pledge of Allegience in the morning.
I think that part of the Pledge is about history - we say it because we have the freedom to say it, because of everything the country has gone through to get here. Is that too idealistic/naive?
Not trying to offend anyone here, so sorry if I do.