My daughter started attending kindergarten this year, and her teacher is requesting all the students to learn and recite the pledge of allegiance.
I have no problem with the pledge itself, the thing is that we are foreign citizens living in the U.S. with a Non-Immigrant visa which expires in a couple of years. The terms of our visa clearly state that we should have the intention of returning to our home country.
I discussed with my wife and she told me it is not a big deal, it is just something that my daughter has to do on school.
I haven't talked with her teacher, I was planning to let it pass but today she mention to the kids that grading is coming and they have to learn it. Can this really be graded? I am not sure if grades at Kindergarten are important.
I don't want to disrespect the country where we are guests.
I don't want my daughter to have animosity against the U.S. and I don't want to force her to "love" her home country. She needs to choose her own path in life, I just don't like the idea of memorizing something as important and then say it without feeling it. She currently does not understand the concept of citizenship, for her, Mexico and the United States are the same, you just speak Spanish in Mexico an English in the U.S.
I am not sure if I should talk with my daughter about citizenship now She is only five, this probably shouldn't be a concern for her.
Am I making a storm in a glass of water?
I think words are really powerful and the experiences she has today will shape her ideas for the rest of her life.