"Students in a Texas public high school were made to stand up and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment, but the school district maintains there was nothing wrong with the lesson.
It happened last month in an intermediate Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas — a city located about 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.
Wearing red, white and green, students had to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class."
When one American girl decided that she shouldn't have to pledge allegiance to another country just because her teacher of Mexican descent said she should, she and her father went to the Hispanic Principal who insisted she write a paper on the Mexican Revolution if she was going to refuse the original assignment.... The teacher went on with this exercise for the rest of the kids.
HERE is the whole article about the situation if you want more details.
I have sung in clubs in Germany and France, in those languages, and I know firsthand that learning lyrics in another language helps immeasurably with grammar, and in helping get the 'music' of the language into one's ears .....but to teach American kids another country's pledge and national anthem? Teach them "La Paloma" or "Besame Mucho"...They both have Spanish lyrics, too. Why not teach them poetry in Spanish instead of the Pledge?
What do you think? Was it necessary to make kids memorize another country's pledge? Wouldn't a poem in that language work? Or are we far too sensitive and nothing was meant by this?