Thoughts on culture, education, and having been a Canadian in the US
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The Pledge of Allegiance

In my classes this week we’ve been talking a lot about nationalism and how national identities are constructed and perpetuated via the education system.

As an example, I mentioned to them how surprised and disconcerted I was this past weekend when my five-year old proudly Canadian daughter suddenly began reciting perfectly the American Pledge of Allegiance. As soon as I heard that, I promptly began teaching her the words to O Canada. 🙂

Perhaps, though, I should really be teaching her this version of the Pledge, courtesy of Matt Groening’s comic Life in Hell:

I plead alignment to the flakes of the untitled snakes of a merry cow. And to the Republicans, for which they scam, one nacho, underpants, with licorice and jugs of wine for owls.


1 wine manchester { 10.28.07 at 10:41 am }

This is hilarious, I have had the same issue

2 Nell { 04.30.08 at 9:32 pm }

You are stupid!!!

3 Paul Martin { 04.30.08 at 9:37 pm }

Hi Neil,
Um, thanks. What makes you say that?
In the meantime, I’ll take comfort in the words of David St. Hubbins from Spinal Tap, who said “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever”